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Global Network of People Living with HIV (GNP+) - www.gnpplus.net

Boycotting the IV Eastern Europe and Central Asia HIV/AIDS Conference

State authorities and non-governmental organizations of Ukraine are going to boycott the participation in IV Eastern Europe and Central Asia HIV/AIDS Conference scheduled for May 12-13, 2014, in Moscow

March 18, 2014 - Presently Ukraine is one of the leaders in combating HIV epidemic and its consequences in the region of Eastern Europe and Central Asia. The progress demonstrated by our country in HIV prevention and treatment is acknowledged on the international level.

Ukrainian experience of HIV response, built on the platform of bold innovational approaches and systematic implementation of the most efficient practices within the framework of solid and reliable state and civil sector partnership is recommended for implementation in the region of Eastern Europe and Central Asia, as well as in other countries.

The government of Ukraine and the civil society institutions operating in HIV/AIDS prevention field have always been declaring their willingness to widely share their experience which proved to be successful in impacting the epidemic. We welcome the principles of open intersectoral cooperation in the context of learning our best practices in this field, as well as information exchange.

However, invasion and mode of the Russian troops operations on the territory of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea is a direct and blatant interference of the Russian Federation with internal affairs of Ukraine, contradicting basic norms of international law and fundamentals of good neighborhood. These actions are conducive to the breach of Russian obligations towards Ukraine within the framework of the existing international agreements.

In connection with actual critical situation the state bodies and the non-governmental organizations operating in HIV/AIDS sphere are pressed to refuse from participation and announce boycott to the IV Eastern Europe and CentralAsia HIV/AIDS Conference scheduled for May 12-13, 2014 in Moscow under the auspices of the Russian Federation Government, as well as terminate its operation in the organizational committee of this event.

Strongly objecting to any actions leading to violation of territorial integrity or political unity of Ukraine, as well as relying upon the principles of equality and self-determination of nations, we hope that our statement would be supported by our colleagues from other countries. Moreover, we would like to express our support and solidarity with our numerous friends and colleagues in the Russian Federation, who have been bravely and restlessly confronting the HIV epidemic.

The Ukrainian side was compelled to boycott the IV Eastern Europe and Central Asia HIV/AIDS Conference scheduled for May 12-13, 2014 in Moscow in order to call upon peaceful and constructive settlement of the conflict and avoidance of any threat to the national interests and safety.

State AIDS TB Service

State Institution "Ukrainian Center for AIDS Prevention of the Ministry of Health of Ukraine"

International HIV/AIDS Alliance in Ukraine

All Ukrainian Network of People living with HIV

The All-Ukrainian charitable foundation, "The Coalition of HIV-Service Organizations"

UCAB

The All-Ukrainian Association of Public Health

Gay Alliance Ukraine

The All-Ukrainian charitable foundation Fulcrum

Mykolayiv Association of GLB "LEAGUE"

The All-Ukrainian charitable foundation League "LEGALIFE"

The Association of Substitution Treatment Advocates of Ukraine

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Source: The Global Network of People living with HIV (GNP+)

The Global Network of People living with HIV (GNP+) is the global network for and by people living with HIV. GNP+ advocates to improve the quality of life of people living with HIV. Driven by the needs of people living with HIV worldwide, GNP+ supports people living with HIV through their organisations and networks. GNP+ works to ensure equitable access to health and social services, by focusing on social justice, rights and more meaningful involvement of people living with HIV in programme and policy development - the GIPA principle. www.gnpplus.net


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