COMMON PRESS RELEASE: GREECE / For the reinstatement of the Health Provision 39A.

Athens, July 5, 2013.

Common Press Release

For the reinstatement of the Health Provision 39A.

The decision of the new Greek Minister of Health and Social Solidarity, Adonis Georgiadis to reinstate the health provision 39a, within the first ten days of his appointment ignoring:

a) the unanimous recommendation to repeal the provision, given by the committee set up by the former Minister of Health, Fotini Skopouli,

b) the multi-page report of the Ombudsman setting out clearly the unconstitutional nature of the provision,

c) the internal and international outcry for the criminalization practices of transmission,

d) the recommendations of UNAIDS (Office of HIV / AIDS og the UN) to the Ministry that came last year as a thunder but also the recent proposals of the ECDC (European Centre for disease prevention) on how to tackle the HIV epidemic among intravenous drug users, regarding the distinctive role of the Hellenic Police on the street,

e) the fact that most all prisoners charged with Serious Intended Bodily Harm acquitted by the Greek justice

leaves us no choice but to a multi-layered and coordinated reaction.

We cannot allow the implementation of policies that take us as a society back in the middle ages. Access to free and public health, access to health and pharmaceutical care and the respect for human rights are non-negotiable for us. When the official leadership of the Ministry of Health obviously did not share this, we are responsible with our actions to make that clear.

Signatories:
POSITIVE VOICE, CENTER FOR LIFE, PRAKSIS, ATHENS PRIDE, HOMOPHONIA – THESSALONIKI PRIDE, SYNTHESIS, OLKE, COLOUR YOUTH, GOOD AS YOU (TH), PROUD PRESS, L.O.A., LESBIANS FOR EQUALITY, QUEERTRANS, ECO-GREEN, WORLD WITHOUT WARS AND VIOLENCE, L.O.TH., THESSALONIKI PRIDE, ECO-GREENS, ACTUP – HELLAS, GREEK TRANSGENDER SUPPORT ASSOCIATION, ASSOCIATION OF LIVER PATIENTS «PROMETHEUS», EUROPEAN MONITOR OF HELSINKI AGREEMENT, BLENDER, ASSOCIATION OF PEOPLE UNDER TREATMENT OF OKANA, CARE STATION FOR PEOPLE UNDER TREATMENT OF OKANA, RAINBOW FAMILIES, GREEK ACTION FOR HUMAN RIGHTS «PLIADES», COOPERATION FOR SOCIAL GENDER, LIVING LIBRARY, MOVEMENT FOR A POLITICAL ECOLOGY THINK G, WOMEN STUDIES FOR GENDER AND EQUALITY – DIOTIMA, ECO-MOVEMENT IN THESSALONIKI

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Also you can see:

(1) IAS 2013 – Kuala Lumpur. Françoise Barré – Sinoussi, Closing Speech, Wednesday July 3, 2013:

As we keep repeating over the years, there will be no end to the HIV epidemic without advancing Human rights in parallel. I think that was clearly demonstrated in the plenary talks we heard this week. It is thus with strong disappointment then that we are receiving the news announced yesterday that the Greek Ministry of Health is re-introducing compulsory HIV testing via detainment for female sex workers. As President of the IAS I strongly condemn this move and urge the Greek Government to re-think its position. HIV infections are already increasing in Greece due to the economic crisis and a mandatory policy of detainment and testing will only fuel the epidemic there. http://www.ias2013.org/WebContent/File/IAS2013_Closing_Session_Speech_Francoise_Barre-Sinoussi.pdf

 

(2) Human Rights Watch: Greece: Repeal Abusive Health Regulation. “It’s deeply worrying that it took the new health minister only one day to bring back a regulation that violated human rights and stigmatized vulnerable groups, and that proved counterproductive to protecting public health,” said Judith Sunderland, senior Western Europe researcher at Human Rights Watch. “If the government is serious about addressing HIV and other infectious diseases, it should focus on access to health care and public information.”

http://www.hrw.org/news/2013/07/03/greece-repeal-abusive-health-regulation

 

(3) European AIDS Treatment Group: Call on Greek authorities to stop mandory testing. “Brussels, Athens 4 July 2013 – The European AIDS Treatment Group (EATG) calls on the Greek authorities to reverse their decision of 26 June to re-introduce mandatory HIV testing for vulnerable groups under the Health Regulation No. GY/39A. This decree had just been repealed on 30 April 2013.”

http://www.eatg.org/news/168536/Call_on_Greek_authorities_to_stop_mandory_testing

 (4) Greece: Gay rights campaigners appalled as health minister sanctions forced HIV tests. http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2013/07/02/greece-gay-rights-campaigners-appalled-as-health-minister-sanctions-forced-hiv-tests/

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