UN rights expert urges action to end “civil death” of persons affected by leprosy

19 June, 2018 | United Nations Human Rights Office of the High Commisioner

States must act now to stop the widespread, systemic, multi-layered and institutionalised discrimination suffered by persons affected by leprosy and their family members, a UN human rights expert has said.

“States not only have a duty, but also an obligation to address the long-standing discrimination against persons affected by leprosy,” said Alice Cruz, the UN Special Rapporteur on the elimination of discrimination against persons affected by leprosy and their family members.

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