Indonesia's Papua province are supporting a bill that would
mandate implantation of microchip tracking devices into
some people with HIV. Supporting legislator John
Manasang said Saturday that implanting the chips
beneath the skin of "sexually aggressive" HIV-positive
people would help authorities monitor those with the virus
and punish those who transmit it, according to the
The bill, which
is expected to win a majority, would be implemented as
soon as January.
Indonesia has one
of Asia's fastest-growing HIV-positive populations. Out
of 235 million people, as many as 290,000 Indonesians are
infected with the virus. In Papua the infection rate
is 15 times more than the national average.
controversial plan was proposed, the bill has been adjusted
to say the chips would be implanted only in "sexually
aggressive" people, without defining who would be included
in that group.
Nancy Fee, a
country coordinator with the Joint United Nations Programme
on HIV/AIDS, said the move could be detrimental to human
rights and public health.
"No one should be
subject to unlawful or unnecessary interference of
privacy," she told the AP.
Watch released a statement Wednesday asking lawmakers to
reject the bill when it comes up for a vote.
and abusive plan is an offense to everyone -- living
with HIV or not," said Human Rights Watch's Joseph Amon.
"Being infected with HIV should not be a crime, and
requiring people living with HIV to be implanted with
microchips violates the rights to privacy and dignity
in the most fundamental way." (Michelle Garcia, The