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U.N. Secretary-General Calls for End of Discrimination Against, Travel Restrictions on People Living With HIV/AIDS

June 11, 2008

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at the opening of the U.N. 2008 High Level Meeting on AIDS on Tuesday called on the international community to end discrimination against HIV-positive people, including travel restrictions, describing such practices as "an affront to our common humanity," Xinhuanet reports. Ban also said that such discrimination "drives the virus underground, where it can spread in the dark; as important, it is an affront to our common humanity" (Xinhuanet, 6/10). Ban said that 60 years after the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, "it is shocking that there should still be discrimination against those at high risk, such as men who have sex with men, or stigma attached to individuals living with HIV."

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Comment by: Carlo Alcala (Manila) Sun., Mar. 15, 2009 at 3:58 am EDT
I was deported from the US and the proceedings in the immigration office were anything but fair. No due process was observed, and with one fell swoop, the border officer just cancelled my ten-year multiple-entry visa.
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Comment by: Thu., Jul. 17, 2008 at 7:06 pm EDT
I am disgusted at the inability of the human race to see past our selfish standards. With the concept of human rights, dignity, and love in mind, I believe it is not right for an individual who is not infected to be so obtuse towards another human being. What if your pet that you loved very much caught cancer and died would it make you feel good. what if it was you. and besides that. What if it was an accident and your pet or family member were injured severely. I am infected, and it is horrible. When i see how the majority of people feel it makes me cry. but all feelings aside, it is immoral. That is my opinion, and i am entitled to it.
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