Pan-Caribbean Partnership Against HIV/AIDS (PANCAP) launches its Justice for All Programme
13 December 2013
The Pan-Caribbean Partnership Against HIV/AIDS (PANCAP) launched the Justice for All Programme on World AIDS Day, 1 December 2013. The new initiative will help guide countries as they address AIDS related stigma and discrimination, improve the legal environment and remove discriminatory laws related to HIV.
Under the leadership of the Prime Minister of St Kitts & Nevis and Head of PANCAP, Denzil Douglas, and spearhead by the United Nations Secretary General’s Special Envoy for AIDS in the Caribbean, Edward Greene—national consultations are taking place throughout the Caribbean to pursue legislative reforms and related key programmes to increase justice for all in all countries.
“I affirm my commitment to ending AIDS-related discrimination in the region and to advancing the removal of discriminatory laws. Also noteworthy, is the increasingly active role of the faith based organizations at the highest levels, and their willingness to work in collaboration with partners, including parliamentarians, to move forward this important endeavour.”
“This milestone activity is the launch of a social movement in the region. I would like to press leaders to take a firm stance to ensure that human rights are respected not only for some but for all persons including LGBT. I also commend the participants for reaching consensus to make the legislative and other changes required to remove discrimination against all persons, and for outlining the steps required at country level to take this forward.”
"Ending AIDS-related discrimination is central to protecting human rights for all people. I applaud the leaders in the Caribbean region and PANCAP for this important initiative."