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title=Hungary / AIDS (l-only)
Intro: European diplomats in Budapest are upset over the
introduction of a new law in Hungary obligating foreigners to
undergo an AIDS test. Stefan Bos has more in this report, based
on an interview with the Dutch ambassador, who filed an official
protest with the government.
Text: Dutch ambassador Hans Sondaal told V-o-A he is very
concerned that Hungary now requires all foreigners who want to
live in the country to pass an AIDS test.
In his view, Hungary better scrap the new law if the country is
to ever be accepted into the European Union.
/// Sondaal act //
"The main obligation against which we have objections is
that there is an obligatory medical test for AIDS. As
far as we are concerned that runs counter to
recommendations of the Council of Europe and the
European Union. Hungary is a member of the Council of
Europe and wishes to become a member of the European
// End act //
The new regulations went into effect May first, but were not
applied rigorously until a few weeks ago.
E-U officials charge that since that time, Hungary has used the
law to target visitors from Eastern Europe, Africa and other
Some foreigners have complained they have been subjected to an
AIDS test more than once after police claim their papers were
misplaced. Others have been held in detention camps for days
while awaiting results of the examinations.
Hungary joins several nations requiring the tests of would-be
immigrants. In promulgating the measure requiring the AIDS
tests, Hungarian officials say they are guarding the public
Ambassador Sondaal and others disagree, saying the procedures
violate a person's basic right of privacy.
// Sondaal 2nd act //
In the Netherlands, we oblige foreigners who want to
reside in Holland that they show that they don't have
tuberculosis. But that is different than AIDS.
Tuberculosis is a generally infectious illness. AIDS,
however, is very difficult to determine. Even if you
don't determine (a person has) it, it can show up later.
So, it is a very obligatory and ineffective way of
protecting your public health. I think to balance the
right of privacy on the one hand, and the right of
protecting the health of the community is not the best
// End act //
Ambassador Sondaal believes Hungary's attitude will ultimately
hurt foreign investment in the country. He says he's already
noted an angry reaction to the new law by some foreign
The ambassador says he hopes the new socialist government, which
is expected to take office this month, will consider the
arguments against the law, and will get rid of the regulations
07-Jul-94 7:03 am edt (1103 utc)
source: Voice of America