Aids travel curbs criticised

UN body says nations restricting travel of those with HIV are violating rights.

    The United Nations joint programme on HIV/Aids has called for the 52 countries that still impose entry restrictions on HIV-infected people to repeal those controls.

    Twenty-three countries have a policy of compulsory deportation for anybody discovered to be HIV positive, while five countries deny HIV-infected people visas even for short stays.

    At a meeting in Bangkok, Michel Sidibe, who heads the UN HIV/Aids programme, known as Unaids, said that travel restrictions are not justified by public health considerations and amount to denial of human rights.

    Singapore is one of the nations that still impose entry restrictions for HIV-infected people.

    But, as Laura Kyle reports, these restrictions have not only failed to prevent a rise in HIV cases in Singapore, they have made life extremely difficult for those with the disease.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Survivor stories from Super Typhoon Haiyan

    Survivor stories from Super Typhoon Haiyan

    The Philippines’ Typhoon Haiyan was the strongest storm ever to make landfall. Five years on, we revisit this story.

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    Russian-Saudi relations could be very different today, if Stalin hadn't killed the Soviet ambassador to Saudi Arabia.

    We Are Still Here: A Story from Native Alaska

    We Are Still Here: A Story from Native Alaska

    From Qatar to Alaska, a personal journey exploring what it means to belong when your culture is endangered.