UN CERD Committee strikes down mandatory HIV testing of foreign teachers in South Korea

The UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) examined the case of a New Zealand teacher working in the Republic of South Korea, whose contract was not renewed after she refused to undergo a mandatory HIV test required only of foreigners.

News | 17 June 2015
In its decision, the CERD Committee found that the mandatory testing, which was not required of Korean or ethnic Korean teachers, was not justified by public health concerns. The Committee found a violation of articles 2, 5 and 6 of the International Covenant on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. The decision also cited the prohibitions contained in the HIV and AIDS Recommendation, 2010 (No. 200) against mandatory HIV testing for employment.