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Mexico high court rejects rule banning HIV-infected soldiers from military

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Mexico [official website] released a decision Tuesday overturning a law that banned those with HIV from serving in the military, finding the law an unconstitutional infringement on principles of equality. The military may now only expel soldiers if a doctor certifies that their condition prevents them from performing their duties.

Tuesday's decision immediately reinstates four of the eleven soldiers with HIV who challenged their dismissals. The Supreme Court on Thursday will consider five cases where the soldiers challenging their dismissals have developed AIDS. A lower Mexican court found the law unconstitutional [IPS report] in 2004. Reuters has more. El Universal has local coverage, in Spanish.

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