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Thursday, 02 December 2010

World AIDS Day

December 1 marks the 22nd Worlds Aids Day, with the red ribbon worn in support of the 33 million people living with HIV around the world, including 2,5 million children. A hearing in the European Parliament on 30 November on Human rights and Aids showed that HIV infected people face discrimination worldwide and in the EU.
Finnish Green Heidi Hautala, who chairs the human rights Sub-committee told the hearing, "it's about time to look at health and human rights".

 Crisis in Sub-Saharian Africa

While Romanian Socialist Corina Cretu, Vice Chair of the Development Committee called for  attention to be focused on Sub-Saharian Africa, where 78% of HIV cases occur, as well as on women and children from low income countries, who are infected through sexual abuse, including rape as in the Democratic Republic of Congo. "Only by protecting the rights of those living with AIDS will we protect the rights of all,". Henning Mikkelsen, from the UN AIDS Office in Brussels said. Some 79 countries criminalise same-sex relations and 55 countries impose HIV-related restrictions on entry, stay or residence, he said and proposed reforming laws and training police and health-care workers on non-discrimination and confidentiality.

Source: European Parliament

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