Africa Focus: Ghana seeks law to protect HIV persons

Published: December 13, 2014

Alex Osei-Boateng
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Ghana is instituting a law to address HIV and AIDS related stigma, discrimination and human rights abuses of persons living with HIV/AIDS, a senior official said on Friday.

Angela El-Adas, Director-General of the Ghana AIDS Commission, said the new bill will help the Ghanaian legislature to effect provisions in the constitution to address the situation.

"This is because sometimes it is a little difficult to do interpretation (of old laws) and use that to guide decisions which are taken whenever we have instances of human rights abuse or discrimination or stigma," she told Xinhua in a recent interview.

Currently, there is no specific national law to address issues of HIV/AIDS, leading to the abuse of the human rights of persons living with HIV in Ghana.

But experts have called on the country to codify all fragmented laws on HIV and AIDS in a single document to serve as a reference document for the national response.

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