Ukraine's NGOs and state agencies to boycott HIV/AIDS Conference in Moscow

Published: March 13, 2014

Virtually every one of Ukraine’s HIV/AIDS-related state agencies and non-governmental organizations have banded together to boycott participation in the IV Eastern Europe and Central Asia HIV/AIDS Conference scheduled for May 12-13, 2014, in Moscow.

KYIV, Mar 14, 2014 (UBO) – State agencies and non-governmental organizations in the HIV/AIDS field have joined forces to boycott the IV Eastern Europe and Central Asia HIV/AIDS Conference scheduled for May 12-13, 2014, in Moscow. A joint statement published by those agreeing to the boycott said in part, “…invasion and mode of the Russian troops operations on the territory of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea is a direct and blatant interference of the Russian Federation with internal affairs of Ukraine, contradicting basic norms of international law and fundamentals of good neighborhood.”
 
The complete text of the statement appears below:
 
March 13, 2014
 
Presently Ukraine is one of the leaders in combating HIV epidemic and its consequences in the region of Eastern Europe and Central Asia. The progress demonstrated by our country in HIV prevention and treatment is acknowledged on the international level.
 
Ukrainian experience of HIV response, built on the platform of bold innovational approaches and systematic implementation of the most efficient practices within the framework of solid and reliable state and civil sector partnership is recommended for implementation in the region of Eastern Europe and Central Asia, as well as in other countries.
 
The government of Ukraine and the civil society institutions operating in HIV/AIDS prevention field have always been declaring their willingness to widely share their experience which proved to be successful in impacting the epidemic.  We welcome the principles of open intersectoral cooperation in the context of learning our best practices in this field, as well as information exchange.
 
However, invasion and mode of the Russian troops operations on the territory of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea is a direct and blatant interference of the Russian Federation with internal affairs of Ukraine, contradicting basic norms of international law and fundamentals of good neighborhood. These actions are conducive to the breach of Russian obligations towards Ukraine within the framework of the existing international agreements.  
 
In connection with actual critical situation the state bodies and the non-governmental organizations operating in HIV/AIDS sphere are pressed to refuse from participation and announce boycott to the IV Eastern Europe and Central Asia HIV/AIDS Conference scheduled for May 12-13, 2014 in Moscow under the auspices of the Russian Federation Government, as well as terminate its operation in the organizational committee of this event.   
 
Strongly objecting to any actions leading to violation of territorial integrity or political unity of Ukraine, as well as relying upon the principles of equality and self-determination of nations, we hope that our statement would be supported by our colleagues from other countries. Moreover, we would like to express our support and solidarity with our numerous friends and colleagues in the Russian Federation, who have been bravely and restlessly confronting the HIV epidemic.
 
The Ukrainian side was compelled to boycott the IV Eastern Europe and Central Asia HIV/AIDS Conference scheduled for May 12-13, 2014 in Moscow in order to call upon peaceful and constructive settlement of the conflict and avoidance of any threat to the national interests and safety.
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