Chechnya Requires Marrying Couples Be HIV-Negative
Imams demand certificate before approving marriages
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 18, 2011 4:47 PM CST
A girl walks near city decorations marking the upcoming New Year in downtown Grozny, Chechnya, southern Russia, Sunday, Dec. 13, 2009.   (AP Photo/Musa Sadulayev)

(Newser) – Chechnya's Muslim authorities have handed down a new edict that requires all marrying couples to prove they are HIV-negative, Reuters reports. The order is not exactly a "law"—in fact, it violates Russian law, say human rights advocates—but given the wide influence of the nation's Islamic clerics, it carries great weight. An imam can now approve a marriage only after seeing an HIV-negative certificate.

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