Ableism at Russian Prosecutor's Office: HIV carriers and disabled amputees to be banned from holding positions

Ableism at Russian Prosecutor's Office: HIV carriers and disabled amputees to be banned from holding positions

Other diseases can also be a reason for a ban.

The Prosecutor General’s Office of the Russian Federation has made a proposal to the government to limit a number of people who can serve there. According to the proposal, HIV-infected and disabled people will not be able to serve as prosecutors.

Employees with Parkinson’s, sclerosis, personality disorders, deafness, chronic muscle, bones and joints diseases, disabled people without limbs, people with missing body parts, or those who have “persistent dysfunction of one or more body systems” will be able deemed unfit for service.

At the moment, the charter of the Prosecutor’s Office says that people with mental disorders, including the subsequent use of psychoactive substances, schizophrenia, mental retardation, mood disorders, and epilepsy are not allowed to serve in it. Also, a ban is imposed on citizens with an active form of tuberculosis.

At the same time, experts say that these prohibitions do not work in practice. According to Head of the Legal Department of the Rus Sidyashchaya Fund and former Head of the Department for Supervision of the Investigation of the Prosecutor's Office of Chuvashia, Aleksey Fedyarov, if all prosecutors underwent a thorough medical examination, a significant part of them would not be able to carry out the service due to health reasons.

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