Court Hears Arguments in ARV Treatment Case

The Botswana High Court to hear arguments in a case challenging the government's refusal to provide ARV treatment to foreign prisoners

The Botswana High Court in Gaborone will on Thursday, 12 June 2014, hear arguments in a case challenging the government's refusal to provide antiretroviral (ARV) treatment to foreign prisoners.
 
Two foreign HIV-positive prisoners and the Botswana Network on Ethics, Law and HIV/AIDS (BONELA) have taken government to court, arguing that the country’s policy of denying ARV treatment to foreign prisoners living with HIV is unlawful and unconstitutional.
 
BONELA executive director, Cindy Kelemi, says prisoners particularly foreign prisoners are a vulnerable group who usually have no means to access life-saving medication if the government does not supply it.
 
Meanwhile, Botswana says it is under no legal obligation to provide ARV treatment to foreign inmates.
 
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Source: 
SABC News

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