In order to track progress towards the goal of Zero Discrimination and Stigma, ILEP has reviewed and updated the list of discriminatory laws found worldwide.
The current list shows a total of 139 laws that discriminate against people affected by leprosy in 24 countries. Most of the laws on the list (37%) segregate and isolate people affected by leprosy from their communities and even their families. India has taken significant steps in restoring the fundamental rights of people affected by leprosy, as several laws have been repealed during the past years — four in 2016, six in 2018 and two in 2019.
However, there are still 108 laws (44% of the laws worldwide) and regulations in India discriminating against people affected by leprosy. The full list of discriminatory laws can be found here.