HIV/AIDS UNAIDS, others train people living with virus on human rights

"They also received information on how to utilise free legal services offered through the Coalition of Lawyers for Human Rights (CoLaHR),’’ it said.

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UNAIDS, others train people living with virus on human rights

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The Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), in collaboration with other stakeholders trained people living with HIV/AIDS on fundamental human rights, a statement said.

The statement, signed and issued by Mr Charles-Martin Jjuuko, the Global Media and Communication Outreach Officer of UNAIDS Nigeria, said 60 participants benefitted from the training.

He stated that the training was organised in collaboration with Lawyers Alert, Heartland Alliance, Federal Ministry of Women Affairs, National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA) and National Human Rights Commission.

He noted that participants received information on the most common forms of violation of their human rights and how the Constitution and other laws addressed them.

"They also received information on how to utilise free legal services offered through the Coalition of Lawyers for Human Rights (CoLaHR),’’ it said.

According to him, CoLaHR is a network of 32 lawyers based in 17 states across the country.

"CoLaHR was set up in February 2015 under the initiative of UNAIDS to provide free legal services on human rights violatiors to people living with AIDS or most at risk of contracting HIV.’’

The statement quoted Dr Bilali Camara,the Country Director, UNAIDS , as saying that UNAIDS was adhering to the principles of human rights-based approach to ending the AIDS epidemic.

Camara said "people can only access services when their rights are upheld and their dignity is respected.’’

It also quoted Mr Rommy Mom, the President of Lawyers Alert, as saying that the gathering brought lawyers who offered free legal services to the community they served.

"The training also built trust and confidence between the two constituencies which will lead to improved services and access to justice for people living with HIV/AIDS,” he said.

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