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WHO Goodwill Ambassador's Newsletter For The Elimination Of Leprosy

GIST OF THE PRINCIPLES AND GUIDELINES

Principles

  • People affected by leprosy and their family members should be treated as people with dignity and are entitled to all human rights and fundamental freedoms

Guidelines

  • (General) States should promote, protect and ensure the full realization of all human rights and fundamental freedoms of all persons affected by leprosy and their family members without discrimination on the grounds of leprosy.
  • (Equality and non-discrimination) States should recognize that all persons are equal before and under the law.
  • (Women, children and other vulnerable groups) States should pay special attention to the promotion and protection of the rights of women, children and other vulnerable groups who have or have had leprosy.
  • (Home and family) States should, where possible, support the reunification of families separated as a result of past policies and practices relating to leprosy.
  • (Living in the community and housing) States should promote the enjoyment of the same rights for persons affected by leprosy and their family members as for everyone else, allowing their full inclusion and participation in the community; they should enable them to choose their place of residence and ensure they are not obliged to accept a particular living arrangement because of their disease.
  • (Participation in political life) States should ensure that persons affected by leprosy and their families enjoy voting rights, the right stand in an election and to hold public office, on an equal basis with others.
  • (Occupation) States should encourage and support opportunities for vocational training.
  • (Education) States should promote equal access to education.
  • (Discriminatory language) States should remove discriminatory language from government publications.
  • (Participation in public, cultural and recreational activities) States should promote the equal enjoyment of the rights and freedoms of persons affected by leprosy and their family members as enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and international human rights instruments to which they are party, and promote access on an equal basis with others to public places.
  • (Health care) States should provide persons affected by leprosy with free or affordable health care of a standard on a par with that provided persons with other diseases.
  • (Standard of living) States should recognize the rights of persons affected by leprosy to an adequate standard of living, and should take appropriate steps to safeguard and promote that right.
  • (Awareness-raising) States should formulate policies and plans of action to raise awareness of and foster respect for the rights and dignity of persons affected by leprosy.
  • (Development, implementation and follow-up) States should consider creating or designating a committee to address activities relating to the human rights of persons affected by leprosy.