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The International AIDS Society condemns raid on key HIV research facility in Uganda

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Monday , 7 April 2014 - Geneva, Switzerland- The International AIDS Society (IAS), the leading independent global association of professionals working in HIV, strongly condemns the raid carried out by the Ugandan authorities on the Makerere University Walter Reed Project, a key HIV research facility, on April 3. During the raid one staff member was arrested and later released. The authorities alleged, incorrectly, that the centre was carrying out unethical research and recruiting homosexuals.

The remarkable success so far achieved in the fight against HIV in Uganda and the world is because of the combined efforts of researchers, people living with HIV, political and community leaders, healthcare workers and governments. It is now well established that all efforts, including HIV research, prevention and treatment must focus on key affected populations and those vulnerable if we are to defeat AIDS.

The Uganda n Government should protect and promote the basic legal rights of those providing much needed HIV research, prevention, treatment and care services and of their clients. It should support HIV professionals by providing healthy and fair conditions of work as well as freedom to carry out their work without fear or intimidation. It must not harass them, stigmatize the people needing their services or restrict their ability to provide essential services.

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About the IAS:
The International AIDS Society (IAS) is the world's leading independent association of HIV professionals, with over 16,000 members from more than 196 countries working at all levels of the global response to AIDS. The IAS members include researchers from all disciplines, clinicians, public health and community practitioners on the frontlines of the epidemic, as well as policy and programme planners.

The IAS is lead organizer of the IAS Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention, which will be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 30 June – 3 July 2013 and custodian of the biennial International AIDS Conference, which will be held in Melbourne, Australia, 20-25 July 2014. www.iasociety.org | www.ias2013.org | www.aids2014.org

For more information:

Siân Bowen (Geneva, Switzerland)
IAS Senior Manager, Communications
Email: Sian.Bowen@iasociety.org

Source: International AIDS Society


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