UN: Experts task govts on human rights obligations to end HIV/AIDS

New York, US (PANA) - Prominent International human rights experts on Monday urged
governments to seize the opportunity of the UN General Assembly High-Level Meeting on Ending AIDS, holding 8-10 June in New York, to recommit to and ensure the full respect, protection and fulfillment of human rights in the efforts to end the AIDS epidemic by 2030.

PANA in New York reports that, in a joint statement signed by the human rights experts, who are appointed by the UN Human Rights Council, acknowledge that progress made in the past decades in the AIDS response is partly due to the meaningful participation of communities.

They stated: "Using the language and power of human rights, people living with HIV and human rights defenders have secured important legal and judicial victories against HIV-related discrimination and human rights violations."

They said people are still being left behind in the AIDS response, noting inequalities, compounded forms of discrimination, exclusion and other human rights violations.

The expert said: "Ending the AIDS epidemic in a way that leaves no one behind requires bold policies and reforms that reach out to populations that are deeply marginalized and criminalized. We have a historic opportunity not to be missed."

They recommended, among other things, removing punitive laws, policies and practices, preventing and addressing violence against and violations of rights of key populations, eliminating gender, HIV and key populations-related stigma and discrimination, especially in health-care, workplace and educational settings.

They also stressed the need to ensuring health services meet the right to health framework criteria of availability, accessibility, acceptability and quality, and are delivered without discrimination.
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