UNAIDS Praises Namibia for Lifting HIV Travel Ban
July 8, 2010
"Namibia received praise Thursday from the United Nations joint programme on AIDS after the south-west African nation lifted restrictions on the movement of people infected with the disease," Deutsche Presse-Agentur/M & C writes. According to U.N. data, the news agency writes, "51 countries and territories still impose some form of restriction on the entry, stay and residence of people living with the AIDS virus, HIV" (7/8). In a statement, UNAIDS wrote: "Restrictions that limit movement based on HIV-positive status only are discriminatory and violate human rights. There is no evidence that such restrictions prevent HIV transmission or protect public health. Furthermore, HIV-related travel restrictions have no economic justification, as people living with HIV can lead long and productive working lives" (7/8).
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