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EU commits to a human rights-based approach to HIV


Robinson Cabello speaking at the European Parliament

The European Union released a World AIDS Day statement on Wednesday which included a strong commitment to human rights-based approaches to address HIV.

Robinson Cabello, Executive Director of Alliance linking organisation Via Libre in Peru, spoke at the European Parliament hearing on HIV and Human Rights on 30 November, which was made possible thanks to the ongoing parliamentary work of the Stop AIDS Alliance.

Robinson spoke about the role of the EU in addressing the structural barriers that prevent vulnerable populations accessing HIV prevention and treatment services, with a particular focus on Latin America and the Caribbean. He highlighted the issues affecting most-at-risk populations including men who have sex with men (MSM), sex workers, and transgender people, who face a double vulnerability to both HIV and to social rejection and discrimination.

Read the policy briefing about human rights and Latin America and the Caribbean, produced by the Stop AIDS Alliance and the What’s Preventing Prevention? campaign.

In its World AIDS Day statement which has benefited from substantial input from the Stop AIDS Alliance the EU acknowledged the “extraordinary achievements made in the global response to AIDS in the past years”

And committed to upholding its leadership, politically and financially, to ensure that progress and investments already made will not erode.

To achieve the EU’s commitment to universal access by 2015 it states that more attention will be given to:

  • prevention efforts
  • the need to better integrate HIV and SRHR in order to achieve the health MDGs
  • human rights-based approaches to address HIV and AIDS

Read the EU World AIDS Day statement in full here.