Middle East HIV/Aids Policies Under Scrutiny

Published: July 15, 2010

Ill-treatment and discrimination against Aids victims in the Middle East is coming under the spotlight again, with the UN investigating “punitive laws and human rights violations” against sufferers.

Last month’s UN conference in Dubai found many countries in the Middle East and North Africa fall “well short” of providing universal treatment, with sufferers often subject to ill-treatment, social stigma and discrimination.

The world body has now launched a “Global Commission on HIV and the Law” to assess whether legal structures criminalise certain types of high-risk behaviour and drive the disease underground.

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