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Kenya Government Drafts Law to End Discrimination Against HIV/AIDS Sufferers

September 24, 2003

The Kenyan government has drafted a law outlawing discrimination against people with HIV/AIDS, a junior minister said today. "The draft will make it a criminal offense to discriminate against anyone on the basis of their HIV status," said Robinson Githae, the assistant minister in the Ministry of Justice. Githae said the draft law, which would make it illegal for employers to deny a job or promotion to anyone because of HIV/AIDS, was approved by the cabinet on Tuesday and will soon go to Parliament for debate. If passed, the law would also make it illegal for colleges to refuse admission to HIV-positive students and make the deliberate spreading of HIV a criminal offense, said Githae. In addition, insurance companies would be forbidden from denying services to people with HIV or charging them higher premiums. The government estimates some 2.5 million Kenyans are HIV-positive and that around 700 people die of AIDS daily in the country.

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