22 Dec 2008

Papua legislative council drops controversial aids bylaw

11:21 am on 22 December 2008

Activists have welcomed the Papua Legislative Council's decision to drop three controversial articles in a bylaw criticized for discriminating against people with HIV/AIDS.

The articles covered implanting microchips in people with HIV/AIDS deemed to be "sexually aggressive", issuing HIV/AIDS-free cards and the so-called Next Generation Project.

The Jakarta Post reports that the draft bylaw was passed on Thursday, after six factions at the council gave their consent, while calling for the bylaw to give attention to and protect people living with HIV/AIDS.