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KENYA: Rights abuses fuel female HIV infection

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JOHANNESBURG, 5 March (PLUSNEWS) - Women throughout Kenya lose their homes, land, and other property due to discriminatory laws and customs, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said in a new report released on Tuesday.

The rights group says widows are forced to engage in risky sexual practices like "wife inheritance" in order to keep their property.

"Women’s property rights violations are not only discriminatory, they may also prove deadly," executive director of the HRW Women’s Rights Division, LaShawn Jefferson, said in a statement.

HRW said the violations and their impact are magnified by Kenya's high HIV/AIDS prevalence.

UNAIDS estimates that 15 percent of the country's adults are infected with HIV/AIDS.

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Recent KENYA Reports
HIV/AIDS a major health issue in western province,  5/Dec/05
Fish trade aiding the spread of HIV/AIDS,  5/Dec/05
Cultural traditions fuel the spread of HIV/AIDS,  30/Nov/05
Caring for Nairobi's HIV-positive orphans,  4/Oct/05
Govt promises expansion of free ARVs,  4/May/05
· AIDS Media Center
· The Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis & Malaria
· International Community of Women Living with HIV/AIDS
· International HIV/AIDS Alliance

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