International AIDS Conference
In July 1992, Rights and Humanity’s President was invited to give the first ever plenary presentation on human rights at one of the International AIDS Conferences. Before an audience of 5,000 international experts, at the VIII International AIDS Conference in Amsterdam, her presentation clarified the relationship between the protection of public health and respect for individual rights and dignity.
Rights and Humanity’s Presentation at VIII International AIDS Conference:
Our President explained that discrimination against, and stigmatisation of, people with HIV/AIDS impede public health measures. Fear of discrimination leads people with HIV/AIDS, or who think they may be infected, to avoid contact with public health authorities. As a result, it is difficult to reach those most in need of information, counselling and treatment, thus hampering efforts to prevent the further spread of infection.
She stressed the importance of protecting human rights not only for the benefit of individuals, but for the whole of society.
Launch of the Rights and Humanity Declaration and Charter
We took this opportunity to launch to the world’s leading AIDS experts The Rights and Humanity Declaration and Charter on HIV/AIDS which had been submitted to the UN the previous year. It was given global visibility through international news coverage and a four minute report on prime time Dutch television news.