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UNAIDS Expresses Concern Over Nepal’s Detention of HIV/AIDS Organization Workers
UNAIDS on Monday released a statement expressing concern at the detention and alleged mistreatment of 39 members of an HIV/AIDS organization that works with "sexual minorities" in Nepal, the Associated Press reports (Associated Press, 8/16). The 39 workers from the Blue Diamond Society were arrested by Nepalese police on Aug. 9 and are still in custody, according to UNAIDS (UNAIDS release, 8/16). UNAIDS says that it "fully supports" the organization's work on HIV prevention, care and support and human rights. According to the release, UNAIDS has expressed its concern to the Nepalese government and has "called on authorities to ensure that nongovernmental organizations in the country continue to provide much-needed HIV services in an atmosphere free from fear and intimidation where the human rights of all are respected" (Xinhua News Agency, 8/16).
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