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UPDATED LAW OF THE REPUBLIC OF TAJIKISTAN TO FIGHT HIV/AIDS WILL PROMOTE MORE SUSTAINABLE APPROACH TO COMBATING HIV/AIDS

The President of the Republic of Tajikistan Mr.  Emomali Rahmon has signed the updated Law of the republic of Tajikistan to fight HIV/AIDS.  The amendments to the Law on HIV/AIDS were signed by the President of Tajikistan on 14 March 2014.

Starting from 2013, the UN Joint Advocacy Project on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS, UNDP, UNFPA and UNICEF), Ministry of Health and social protection of the population of the Republic of Tajikistan, experts and other international and local partners began the process of realization of the examination of Law of the Republic of Tajikistan on HIV/AIDS and introduction of changes and amendments to the document.

It should be noted that the updated Law reflects those gaps which were visible in the previous Law. Tajikistan’s updated law removes mandatory HIV testing for all foreigners, including the personnel of foreign missions, refugees and stateless people. With these changes, all HIV-related restrictions on entry, stay and residence are eliminated in Tajikistan.  Restrictions that limit an individual’s movement based solely on HIV-positive status are discriminatory and violate human rights. There is no evidence that such restrictions protect public health or prevent HIV transmission. Furthermore, HIV-related travel restrictions have no economic justification, as people living with HIV can lead long and productive working lives.

In addition, the updated law reflects the issues concerning tofree of charge formula milk for babies born to mothers with HIV; the conceptions of vulnerable and high-risk groups; the anonymity and confidentiality are indicated; such important definitions like  stigma, discrimination and others  were included to the fundamental concepts of the updated Law.

Information:The Law on HIV/AIDS of the Republic of Tajikistan which was adopted in 2005 and further changes included in 2008, regulates the legal framework for the implementation of comprehensive measures against HIV/AIDS, protection of civil, political, social and cultural rights and fundamental freedoms related to HIV/AIDS, prevention the spread of HIV, reducing the vulnerability to infection and stigma and discrimination issues.  The current Law’s amendments define the vital directions of the state policy in the field of combating the spread of HIV, the rights and duties of people living with HIV, provision of medical assistance and social protection issues. The updated Law will provide further strengthening of the stable sanitary-epidemiological situation in our country.

 

For more information, please contact   Dr. Ulugbek Aminov- UNAIDS National Programme Officer in Tajikistan at: AminovU@unaids.org

 

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