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November 24, 2008

Proposal: Implant Microchips to Track Positive Indonesians

The Indonesian province of Papua may pass a law that requires microchips be implanted in HIV-positive people who are sexually active, Reuters reports. The government hopes that this tracking procedure will prevent positive people from transmitting the virus to others.

“It’s a simple technology. A signal from the microchip will track their movements, and this will be received by monitoring authorities,” said John Manangsang, a local official.

Manangsang said that if an HIV-positive person were found to be have transmitted the virus to someone who was HIV negative, he or she would face a penalty yet to be determined.

A similar law was proposed last year. These types of controversial proposals have caused uproar among the global and local AIDS community and human rights groups.

The HIV/AIDS rate in Papua is nearly 20 times the national average in Indonesia, according to a 2007 government study. The microchipping law could be introduced by the end of this month.

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mark, vancouver, 2008-11-26 11:04:55
disgraceful,but what do ppl expect from a 3rd world toilet that canes people for chewing bubble gum....i say we bomb them

Diane, Houston, 2008-11-25 13:14:50
This is absolutely horrifying, degrading and dehumanizing. Is there anyone who could step in and stop this from happening?? What if other countries decide to do this????

Carl Smith, San Diego, CA, 2008-11-25 11:01:54
This is absolutely horrific. Gay and HIV people will become government’s new targets for imprisoning people around the globe. We have to stop this NOW!!! This is getting out of control; by allowing governments to microchip people for any reason is absolutely a violation of HUMAN RIGHTS. Please people stand up for our rights.

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