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You can view more of my blogs and editorials at the following websites:Donna Jodhan!I'm Jeff N marquis at the business desk and today I have a very sobering article to share with you. One that shows us that there are still countries out there that are choosing to deliberately trample upon the rights of the disabled. If you feel as strongly as I do, then please send your feedback to me at . I wish you a great weekend. Press releaseFor immediate release INCLUSION INTERNATIONAL CONDEMNS COMPULSORY STERILIZATION AND HIV TESTING OF PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES IN RWANDA AS A ABHORANT VIOLATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS July 6, 2009 Toronto Inclusion International II, a federation of 200 family based organizations advocating for the human rights of people with intellectual disabilities worldwide, calls on the international community to oppose a reproductive health bill introduced
in the Rwandan Parliament. The proposed reproductive health bill includes provisions that would impose forced sterilization and mandatory HIV testing on people with intellectual disabilities. According to the newly introduced bill drafted by the parliamentary committee, physicians would be granted the right to test an "incapacitated" person without their consent and then disclose the testing results to their official guardian. These provisions would be in direct violation of the Rwandan governments ratification of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities CRPD. Forced sterilization would not only violate the rights of persons
with disabilities but is also regarded as a crime against humanity by the International Criminal Court. The mandatory testing of HIV and disclosure of results would infringe on privacy rights and lead to abuse. People with intellectual disabilities are among the most marginalized and vulnerable groups in our societies, measures such as those proposed by Rwanda despite their international obligations under the Convention, serve to dehumanize and devalue people.