'Making rights real' for persons affected by leprosy this World Leprosy Day 2019
There are currently 157 laws across 29 countries that discriminate against persons affected by leprosy. To commemorate World Leprosy Day this Sunday, 27 January 2019, The Leprosy Mission has launched a ‘Petition Campaign’ to seek support from all the 47 member countries of the UN Human Rights Council to address the human rights of persons affected by leprosy during the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of the 22 leprosy priority countries. During each review, the member countries of the UN Human Rights Council will seek responses from the endemic countries as to what action they have initiated that will contribute to ending transmission, preventing disabilities amongst children and to eliminate discrimination.
Yesterday, our messenger, Markus, Country Leader of TLM Switzerland, had successful meetings in Geneva with the Minister Counsellor of the Permanent Mission of Nepal (pictured right) and the Human Rights Diplomat from the Permanent Mission of Hungary who have assured their fullest support to The Leprosy Mission in promoting and protecting the human rights of persons affected by leprosy. Mr Matthew Foreman, Counsellor on Human Rights to the UK Permanent Mission to UN also met Markus and has expressed their solidarity to the cause. Today, Markus met with the Minister and Deputy Permanent Representative at the Embassy of Bangladesh (pictured top), who gave his assurance that he would take our petition forward and address the issues raised.
As a way forward to the campaign, The Leprosy Mission will be participating in the preparations of the national reports at the country level in all those countries where we are working for persons affected by leprosy and make submissions that will be read by the persons affected in Geneva between 2019 – 21 during the pre-meetings of the Universal Periodic Review. The Leprosy Mission along with its partners will also work unitedly to implement the recommendations of the UPR of those leprosy priority countries in which persons affected by leprosy will play a pivotal role.
Read the petition