UNAIDS slams police assault on AIDS activists
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SOUTH AFRICA: UNAIDS slams police assault on AIDS activists

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JOHANNESBURG, 15 July (PLUSNEWS) - UNAIDS has said the South African police's use of rubber bullets and teargas against peaceful anti-AIDS demonstrators in the Eastern Cape town of Queenstown earlier this week was "unacceptable".

At least 40 members of the local AIDS lobby group, Treatment Action Campaign (TAC), were injured during protests against the provincial health department's slow rollout of antiretroviral drugs at public health facilities.

The TAC estimated that only 190 of the 2,000 HIV-positive people in need of antiretroviral treatment in Queenstown were receiving it.

"It is imperative for people living with HIV/AIDS ... to learn about options for treatment and to advocate for better care, including access to life-prolonging treatment," UNAIDS said in a statement.

Stressing its continued support of freedom of assembly and association for HIV-positive people, UNAIDS urged international leaders to ensure that people living with AIDS were not deprived of these rights.



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