In an effort to boost the un­derstanding of people living with or most at risk of con­tracting HIV on human rights and laws affecting them in Ni­geria, the United Nations Pro­gramme on HIV/AIDS (UN­AIDS) has organised a two-day workshop in Abuja.

The workshop is also aimed at teaching people living or at risk of contracting HIV how to di­rectly access free legal services across the country.

Speaking while declaring the workshop open in Abuja, the UNAIDS Coordinator in Nige­ria, Balila Camara, said his agen­cy is determined to contribute its quota in ensuring that HIV becomes a thing of the past in Nigeria in the nearest future.

He stressed that: “UNAIDS is adhering to the principles of a human rights-based approach to ending the AIDS epidemic. People can only access services when their rights are upheld and dignity respected.”

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On his part, President of Law­yers Alert, Rommy Mom, in his address disclosed that the work­shop will stimulate trust and confidence between lawyers and people living or at risk of con­tracting HIV which according to him, will lead to improved services and access to justice.

“This gathering is important as it brings lawyers offering free legal services in direct contact with people left behind, which is the community they serve.

“At the end of the meeting, trust and confidence built be­tween the two constituencies will lead to improved services and access to justice for people left behind,” he stressed.

The workshop was put to­gether in partnership with Law­yers Alert, Heartland Alliance, the Federal Ministry of Wom­en Affairs and Social Develop­ment, the National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA) and the National Human Rights Commission.

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