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Wiltenburg Todrys, Katherine
Returned to Risk: Deportation of HIV-Positive Migrants
Human Rights Watch, New York, 2009, 32 pp

Reproduced with Human Rights Watch's kind permission.


"HIV-positive migrants may face forced removal to their home countries based on their HIV status itself, or as a result of proceedings commenced based on unrelated immigration restrictions. While many migrants encounter severe challenges upon removal, HIV-positive migrants may be doubly disadvantaged, as they may be returned to countries where treatment and support are unavailable or inaccessible.

In Returned to Risk: Deportation of HIV-Positive Migrants, Human Rights Watch, Deutsche AIDS-Hilfe, the European AIDS Treatment Group, and the African HIV Policy Network describe the deportation of HIV-positive migrants from South Korea, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, South Africa, and the United States, and the absence of policies guaranteeing uninterrupted treatment for this population.
Governments should ensure access to HIV care and treatment to individuals in immigration detention. Governments also need to ensure that they respect international law protections against inhuman and degrading treatment when implementing the deportation of an HIV-positive migrant, and should take into account the impact of deporting individuals living with HIV to circumstances where treatment and social support are inadequate."

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