EOC Statement on World AIDS Day
In supporting the United Nations' World AIDS Day (1 December 2006), Chairperson of the Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC), Mr. Raymond TANG said, "HIV/AIDS is not only a global health issue. It is a socio-economic development issue as well as a human rights issue. AIDS can strike women, men, heterosexuals, homosexuals, children and newborns."
"Creation of a supportive and a more accepting environment for those living with HIV/AIDS is essential for keeping the epidemic in check. It is the removal of ignorance that will reduce discrimination and stigmatization and create acceptance," said Mr. TANG.
"Hong Kong's Disability Discrimination Ordinance protects people living with HIV/AIDS by ensuring that they are not subjected to discrimination where education and employment are concerned. It also prescribes that services and facilities are to be made available to them. The law also helps to induce acceptance and achieve inclusion," Mr. TANG explained.
"A successful AIDS strategy must be built on respect for human rights, knowledge and acceptance. Those living with HIV/AIDS are entitled to maximal participation and enjoyment in life. It is individual rights which need to be recognized as a benchmark for services and participation," Mr. TANG concluded.
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