We salute the Human Rights Council for adopting the resolution to endorse principles and guidelines for ending discrimination against persons affected by leprosy and their family members. We also note the language of the resolution, which "encourages" states to give "due consideration" to the principles and guidelines when formulating policies.
The principles and guidelines are an invaluable bill of rights for people affected by the disease and their families. But their impact will only truly be felt if states take heed of them. All concerned with this issue must now redouble their efforts to see that the rights of people affected by leprosy are recognized, restored and upheld.
In the language of the resolution, let us take every opportunity to encourage states to do the right thing. Thanks to the principles and guidelines, there is a document that shows them the way - and which holds them to account.