Published in Medicine and Law Weekly, March 25th, 2005
Japan forcibly quarantined sufferers of leprosy, also known as Hansen's disease, in isolated sanitariums during an 89-year policy that only ended in 1996, decades after a cure was found and researchers knew the illness was not highly contagious.
A panel investigating why that policy was not repealed earlier submitted its final report to the Health Ministry on March 1, 2005, saying, "the Hansen's disease problem revealed an unprecedented case of human rights...
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