Laws against HIV+ people probed

2010-06-24 20:10
Geneva - The United Nations launched a commission on Thursday to investigate punitive laws that harm global efforts to respond to the decades-old HIV epidemic.

The commission will "help restore the dignity of people and help us remove bad laws and save the lives of people", the chief of the UN's Joint Programme on HIV/Aids, Michel Sidibe, told reporters in Geneva.

Sidibe said 86 countries have "homophobic laws" that force people vulnerable to contracting the disease into hiding, while 52 nations have rules that limit the movement of people with HIV/Aids.

Other laws, such as those criminalising transmission or exposure as a carrier, push people to not get tested for HIV and actually help spread Aids, UN agencies said.

Helen Clark, the former prime minister of New Zealand and current head of the UN Development Programme, said the health and law experts on the commission will be "asked to focus on the most challenging issues" related to the virus.

"Every day we see stigma, in all forms, bearing down on men and women living with HIV/Aids," Clark said, adding later that "we need rational responses which shed the yoke of prejudice and stigma."
 

- SAPA
Read more on:    un  |  hiv aids
NEXT ON NEWS24X
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

 

Inside News24

 
/News
 

Joburg hot spots for cocktails, craft beer, tapas and wine!

It’s the season to be jolly – so we’ve rounded up some new Joburg hot spots!

 
 

I love summer.24

The craziest deaths of 2014
How to make this a sensual, sexy summer!
This is what South Africans Googled in 2014!
This hilarious song is your new holiday anthem

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

2DAYS ONLY – 30% off Appliances

Coffee makers, blenders, fans, juicers and more. T&Cs apply. Shop now!

2 DAYS ONLY – 40% off books

Get 40% off when you buy 2 books. For two days only! T&Cs apply. Buy now!

Up to 50% off on outdoor gear

Save on chairs, blankets, cooler bags, umbrellas and more. Shop now!

Save on Samsung

Cameras, mobile phones, TVs, Tablets and more. While stocks last. Shop now!

Grand Theft Auto 5

Now available on PS4, Xbox One and PC from R649. Buy now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

There is so much going on around you and inside your head. You may want to take your ideas to the next level. Romance may be...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.