Speech by UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé on the occasion of the High-Level Segment of the 22nd Session of the UN Human Rights Council, Geneva, 28 February 2013
It was people living with HIV, those affected, who turned everything around in this epidemic. They made the response to HIV and AIDS a responsibility for us all. They challenged us to recognize them as people with a human right to live in health – not as victims or criminals. Over the years, they have inspired and driven progress in the AIDS response. They have been true human rights defenders - fighting for their lives and for the lives of millions of others.