Table of discriminatory laws

ILEP has initiated a research project to establish the baseline data relating to the strategy target “zero countries with legislation allowing discrimination on basis of leprosy by 2020.”

 

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The research results show 179 laws in place that discriminate against people affected by leprosy in 38 countries.

Active laws or unknown status: 150

Repealed laws: 20

Amended laws: 5

Laws under review: 4

 See below for a summary on the status of discriminatory laws in each of the identified countries.

Country Active laws or status unknown Repealed laws Amended laws Laws under review
Armenia 1 N/A N/A N/A
Australia N/A 1 N/A N/A
Bahamas 1 N/A N/A N/A
Bangladesh N/A 1 N/A N/A
Barbados 1 N/A N/A N/A
Belgium 1 N/A N/A N/A
China N/A 2 N/A N/A
Colombia N/A 1 N/A N/A
Dominica 1 N/A N/A N/A
Egypt N/A N/A N/A 1
Ethiopia N/A 1 N/A N/A
Hawaii 1 1 N/A N/A
Hungary 1 N/A N/A N/A
India 120 2 1 N/A
Jamaica N/A N/A 1 N/A
Japan N/A 1 N/A N/A
Korea N/A 1 N/A N/A
Malaysia 1 N/A N/A N/A
Mali 1 N/A N/A N/A
Malta N/A N/A 1 N/A
Myanmar 1 3 N/A N/A
Namibia 1 N/A N/A N/A
Nepal N/A N/A N/A 1
New Guinea 1 N/A N/A N/A
Niger 1 N/A N/A N/A
Norway 2 N/A N/A N/A
Pakistan 2 N/A N/A N/A
Pakistan N/A 1 N/A N/A
Philippines N/A 1 2 1
Russia 1 N/A N/A N/A
Senegal N/A 1 N/A N/A
Singapore 3 N/A N/A N/A
South Africa 1 1 N/A N/A
Sri Lanka N/A N/A N/A 1
Taiwan 1 1 N/A N/A
Thailand 3 N/A N/A N/A
UK 1 1 N/A N/A
United Arab Emirates 1 N/A N/A N/A
USA 2 N/A N/A N/A

 

The full table can be viewed and downloaded here

 

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