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org Human Rights Watch Press releaseJuly 1, 2009 Compulsory HIV testing, sterilization of disabled violate rights New York The Rwandan Parliament should remove provisions
in a draft lawthat would mandate compulsory HIV testing and require the sterilization ofall individuals with intellectual disabilities, Human Rights Watch saidtoday. The organization said that the provisions, in a reproductive healthbill, are deeply flawed and violate the government's obligations to upholdand protect human rights. "Compulsory HIV testing and forced sterilization are counterproductive tothe Rwandan government's goal of improved reproductive health," said JoeAmon, health and human rights director at Human Rights Watch. "Provisions inthe current bill that increase stigma, rely on coercion, and denyindividuals their reproductive rights should be removed. " Human Rights Watch said that the reproductive health bill, drafted by theparliamentary committee whose
duties include promoting social welfare,contains three particularly troublesome provisions related to HIV/AIDStesting. First it provides that all individuals who plan to marry mustundergo HIV testing and provide a certificate beforehand.