2 July 2012

Tunisia: 'Anti-Aids Fight is a Human Rights Struggle' -UNAIDS Executive Director

Tunis — "Anti-Aids fight is not only a fight against a disease but also a struggle for human rights, notably the right to life," United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé said.

At the end of his meeting, on Monday, with Human Rights and Transitional Justice Minister Samir Dilou, Mr. Sidibé told journalists that it had been an occasion to discuss issues pertaining to risk groups as those who inject drugs, prostitutes or sexually-abused women, etc.

"Unfortunately, everywhere in the world, several young girls are affected by this disease, in view of the multiple abuses they suffer," he specified.

Mr. Sidibé laid emphasis on the need "to ensure that all people, whatever their social status or origin, have access to medicines and information to be protected against this epidemic."

Besides, he highlighted the efforts exerted by Tunisia to "reinforce opportunities of access to health care for the poor people's benefit" and guarantee the foundations of social justice.

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