Regional HIV/AIDS and Human Rights Workshop for National Human Rights Institutions

Regional HIV/AIDS and Human Rights Workshop for National Human Rights Institutions

Regional HIV/AIDS and Human Rights Workshop for National Human Rights Institutions

Stigma, discrimination, gender inequality and the lack of human rights protection are major obstacles to achieve universal access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support. Therefore, the promotion and protection of human rights must be at the core of any effective national HIV response.

In order to discuss how to ensure the protection of the human rights of persons living with HIV, OHCHR and the Danish Institute for Human Rights (DIHR), with the support of the Asia-Pacific Forum of NHRIs, organized a Regional HIV/AIDS and Human Rights Workshop for national human rights institutions (NHRIs) from 10-12 March 2010 in Bangkok.

Due to their specific mandate and expertise, NHRIs can play a crucial role the protection of the human rights of persons living with HIV through a greater engagement with the national HIV response. The workshop brought together 15 NHRIs from Asia and the Middle East, various UN agencies and representatives from civil society to review the human rights standards and principles that can guide the national HIV response; share experiences and identify opportunities on how HIV can be integrated into NHRIs' programme of work; and strengthen institutional collaboration between NHRIs and other stakeholders in the HIV response. At the end of the workshop, the participants also agreed on a joint statement and drafted HIV action plans.

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Regional HIV/AIDS and Human Rights Workshop for National Human Rights Institutions Regional HIV/AIDS and Human Rights Workshop for National Human Rights Institutions