Talk about chipping away at human rights: lawmakers in Papua, an Indonesian province, want to implant microchips in HIV-positive people.
Yep, you read right. Apparently, the government is fed up with its inability to control the country’s AIDS epidemic so the parliament’s health committee came up with this scheme to track those who are infected and stop them from transmitting the virus to others. Oh, and they’re also calling for mandatory testing of the general population — about 2.4% of whom are believed to be HIV-positive.
Fortunately, saner heads prevailed and the bill was turned down, but no doubt the parliamentarians will come up with more boneheaded schemes.
At one point, they also apparently dicussed tattooing those infected. What would the tattoos say, I wonder? Something along the lines of: “I live in a fascist state”?