Fiji outlaws HIV discrimination

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Post by Adrian Ogier25 Feb 2011

Fiji has made it unlawful to discriminate against people with HIV.

The HIV/AIDS Decree 2011 was adopted by the government this month, winning praise locally and internationally.

Pacific Islands AIDS Foundation legal trainer and policy analyst, Laitia Tamata, says the decree represents years of hard work by many people to give PLHIV a legal avenue to challenge discrimination.

"Before this, positive people and people affected by HIV would rely on the goodwill, on the good nature of members of the public, employers and officials to accept them as normal human beings. By now, it is law, so if they go through any stigmatisation and discrimination they have a course of action to take against these people."