Indonesia has dropped a controversial proposal to implant microchips in HIV/AIDS patients in Papua province, a legislator said Dec. 16, after human rights groups slammed the plan. A lawmaker in Papua, which has the highest number of HIV/AIDS patients in Indonesia, last month proposed using implanted microchips to tag HIV/AIDS patients so authorities could monitor them. The proposal prompted an angry response from Papuans and from human rights groups. “We have agreed today to drop it,” said Komarudin Watubun, a deputy speaker in the local parliament. (Reuters)

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