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Report of the Secretary General on the protection of human rights in the context of HIV and AIDS


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In its resolution 12/27, the Human Rights Council expressed its concern with the increasing number of people living with HIV, in particular the situation of women, girls, children in general and groups vulnerable to infection and vulnerable to discrimination. The Council recalled previous Commission on Human Rights resolutions and Human Rights Council decisions and called upon States, United Nations organs, programmes and specialized agencies and international and non-governmental organizations to continue to take all necessary steps to ensure the respect, protection and fulfillment of HIV/AIDS-related human rights, as referred to in the Guidelines on HIV/AIDS and Human Rights.

To this end, the Council requested the Secretary-General to prepare an analytical study based on comments from Governments, United Nations organs, programmes and specialized agencies and international and non‑governmental organizations on the steps taken to promote and implement programmes to address HIV/AIDS-related human rights, as referred to in the Guidelines, the Declaration of Commitment on HIV/AIDS of 2001, the Political Declaration on HIV/AIDS of 2006 and the resolution, in the context of efforts towards the goal of universal access to HIV prevention, treatment, care.

This report (A/HRC/16/69) was submitted to the Human Rights Council at its sixteenth session in accordance with Human Rights Council resolution 12/27.

30 Governments, 9 international organizations and 10 non-governmental organizations provided input to this report and a consultation of Member States, non-governmental organizations and United Nations representatives was held in Geneva on 25 October 2010. The full texts of replies are available at the secretariat for consultation.

The previous report (A/HRC/10/47) was submitted to the Human Rights Council at its tenth session. Further information on previous reports can be found here.

See also: The International Guidelines on HIV and Human Rights