…But still work to do on al­binism

Swazi Observer - - NATIONAL NEWS -

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.

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