…But still work to do on albinism
UNITED Nations Human Rights Committee is concerned at reports of discrimination and violence against persons with albinism, stigma and discrimination against such persons with HIV/AIDS
Member of the UN Human Rights Committee, Christof Heyns, said the committee is concerned at the absence of laws prohibiting discrimination on the basis of HIV/AIDS.
The state party has yet to adopt effective strategies to ensure that persons with albinism are afforded equal protection in law and in practice.
“The state party should continue and step up interventions to address the needs of key populations, in particular women, youth, sex workers and the lesbian, gay, and bisexual, transgender and intersex community, including people in the rural areas.
The state should also redouble its efforts to combat the high level of HIV/AIDS related discrimination among the general population. “The country should also ensure that discrimination against people with HIV/AIDS is legally prohibited in all contexts and that such laws are enforced effectively in practice,” he added.
He also mentioned that the state take steps to ensure that persons with albinism are protected, in law and in practice, against all forms of violence and discrimination. “The state party has yet to adopt effective strategies to ensure that persons with albinism are afforded equal protection in law and in practice,” he said.