The UN's Principles & Guidelines
The impact of the UN Principles and Guidelines on persons affected by leprosy
The UN Principles and Guidelines for the elimination of discrimination against persons affected by leprosy were adopted by the UN General Assembly and the Human Rights Council more than 10 years ago. These Principles and Guidelines emphasise the responsibility of national governments in eliminating discrimination against persons affected by leprosy.
More needs to be done to understand how the Principles and Guidelines are impacting the day to day lives of persons affected by leprosy and whether they ensuring more persons affected by leprosy are able to access their human rights.
The Leprosy Mission is uniquely well placed to understand this. We have significant connections with the UN, having been heavily involved in disability rights and human rights discourses over recent years. These connections and our coverage across many countries in Africa and Asia is what puts us in a great position to lead research in this area.