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UNAIDS trains lawyers to defend rights of vulnerable groups in Nigeria


ABUJA – UNAIDS in collaboration with National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA)
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has trained 32 lawyers on free legal services to people living with HIV/AIDS and persons with disabilities.
This contained in a statement issued in Abuja on Tuesday by Charles Jjuuko, the Media and Communication Adviser, UNAIDS Nigeria.
The statement said the lawyers came from 23 states of the country.
It said the training was aimed at increasing the lawyers’ awareness and readiness to respond to human rights, social and cultural cases involving human rights violations and violence against vulnerable population.
It added that the training would also be able to better handle, defend, document and report cases of violation or infringement of the rights of people living with HIV/AIDS.
The statement said the event would result into the establishment of a network of lawyers that promotes the empowerment of citizenry through knowledge of their rights.
The statement quoted the UNAIDS Country Director for Nigeria, Dr Bilali Camara, as saying that the training would uphold the human rights for all is central to the fight against HIV/AIDS.
“It is the only way to create an environment of tolerance and justice for all.
“It will result into a fearless access to HIV/AIDS services by all and help Nigerians to achieve zero new HIV infections, zero discrimination and zero AIDS-related death,” Camara said.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that UNAIDS had been providing multi-sectoral interventions to end the HIV/AIDS endemic in Nigeria.
UNAIDS advocates more domestic funding to effectively tackle HIV/AIDS epidemic in the country, adding that Nigeria need to show more commitment in the area of resource allocation to fight the disease. (NAN)

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