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HIV workers of NE advocate AIDs bill in parliament
Correspondent IMPHAL, Mar 6:
Published on 7 Mar. 2010 12:13 AM IST
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Organizations of North Eastern Region working on HIV and AIDS Saturday came under one umbrella to advocate the introduction and passing of the HIV and AIDS bill in the Parliament. The North East Coalition on the HIV and AIDS Bill was formally launched in a function held this afternoon at Hotel Classic here in Imphal Saturday. The body will work jointly in pressing the Central government on passing the HIV and AIDS Bill which was finalized in July 2006 by the Health Ministry and submitted to the ministry of law in 2007. The bill, essentially an anti-discrimination law, envisages a detailed and careful planned strategy to address the HIV epidemic through an extensive prevention, care, treatment and support programme has been with the Law Ministry since July 2007. With an aim to put pressure on the government to table and pass the bill at the earliest through different advocacy initiatives, the National Coalition on the HIV and AIDS Bill was formed in May 2008. The coalition comprises of networks and civil society organization from across the country working in the field of HIV. The launching of advocacy aimed at to broaden this coalition and involve more network and civil society organizations from the North-Eastern part of the country, media coordinator Ningombam Pramod said. Networks and civil society organizations, working in the field of HIV in the north east are gathering together to form the North East Coalition on HIV and AIDS Bill in a two-day long advocacy programme organized by the Lawyers Collective HIV and AIDS Unit in collaboration with Indian Network of Positive People (INP+) and Manipur Network of Positive People (MNP+). Human rights violation of people living with HIV and AIDS take place in several forms, he said adding that they are denied or terminated from jobs, denied treatment in hospitals. Children are denied admission in schools just because their parents are HIV positive and women increasingly face violence and neglect. “HIV and AIDS has long gone past being merely a medical problem but is now an issue that has deeply penetrated the social economic, psychological, medical and the human rights milieu,” he went on observed stressing the need of the enacting a law to protect the rights of the people living with HIV or affected by it.

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