Sex workers in Malawi challenge mandatory HIV testing

March 10, 2011

Most of you won’t remember this, but two years ago sex workers in a small town in Malawi were arrested and taken to the local hospital where they were subjected to a mandatory HIV test.  As if that wasn’t bad enough, in some of the cases, the women only came to know about their HIV status when the Magistrate read it out in open court.

Well the wheels of justice move slow, but move they do.  Today, two years later,  some of the women who were arrested sued the Government of Malawi alleging violations to their constitutional rights to privacy and liberty of a person, to non-discrimination, to freedom from cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment, and to dignity of the person.  The case will be heard in the Malawi High Court.  SALC is assisting the lawyers on the case and we will keep you updated on the progress of the case here.

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