Target: Health Minister Adonis Geordiadis
Goal: Don’t allow the police to detain and test citizens suspected of having HIV.
The Health Minister of Greece, Adonish Geordiadis, implemented an unjust health regulation against the Greek people. The regulation, which is meant to curb the spread of HIV and other sexual diseases, instead has given the police the right to detain and arrest groups of people they deem to be infected. Those detained include drug users or dealers, sex workers, undocumented migrants, and the homeless. Once in custody, these people are tested for HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases without their consent.
The legislation specifically targets groups of people deemed to have the highest risk. This is morally unjust and concerning because it allows the police to discriminate and arrest based on appearances and level of cleanliness. Also, the legislation gives the police the right to detain those who are arrested and keep them in quarantine. All this can be done without due process. Furthermore, the legislation shames those who have been tested HIV positive. A group of women who claimed to be sex workers were arrested by the police, and those who tested positive for HIV or other sexually transmitted diseases, were charged with causing intentional grievous bodily harm (a felony) or attempted bodily harm because they had sex with customers that were HIV positive. To add insult to injury, the media broadcasted their photographs, personal data, and medical records to the public, further shaming these women.
This legislation is a violation of human liberty and their bodily rights. The police should not be involved regarding public health.
The Health Minister should instead promote public awareness of sexually transmitted diseases by setting up clinics for voluntary testing. These clinics should also have information regarding safe sex, the dangers of sharing needles and bodily fluids, but most important of all, function nondiscriminatory. Sign this petition to repeal this unjust legislation.
Dear Health Minister Adonish Geordiadis,
Your recent health measure impacts the Greek people in very negative ways. The regulation discriminates against groups of people without just cause, and allows the people to arrest, detain and confine them without due process. It also violates their bodily rights and liberty because these people are forced into testing without their consent. Furthermore this method has also shamed those who have been tested positive for HIV or other sexually transmitted diseases. A government should not releases photographs, personal information, and medical records to the public because it endangers those people.
I ask you to repeal this regulation because it does more harm than good. Instead you should promote public awareness but opening clinics set up for voluntary testing, and these facilities should also hand out information regarding safe sex and the dangers of drugs and sharing needles. This regulation violates basic human rights and gives more power to the police than they do the people.
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