The Human Rights Council is an inter-governmental body within the United Nations system, made up of 47 States responsible for the promotion and protection of all human rights around the globe.

At its 29th session in June, the Council requested its advisory committee to review implementation of principles and guidelines for the elimination of discrimination against persons affected by leprosy and their family members. The report is to be submitted to the Council at its 35th session (the date is not yet available).

The Council “recalled” that

“Leprosy is curable and that the human rights of persons with leprosy could be better protected by treatment provided in the early stages that can prevent disability.”

They were deeply concerned that in some parts of the world there are still barriers to participation as equal members of society for people affected by leprosy.

“persons affected by leprosy and their family members still face multiple forms of prejudice and discrimination stemming from misinformation about and misunderstanding of the diseases throughout the world”

Find out more about the Human Rights Council here 

The three steps in our Beat Leprosy campaign tackle these issues:

Detection and diagnosis

Overcoming stigma

Dealing with disability

We will

• not allow leprosy or those affected to be forgotten until it has become a disease of ‘no consequence’
• extend our reach in India and Bangladesh with programmes that we know can work
• provide solutions that engage and enable leprosy-affected people
• support enterprise that allows those affected to become self-sufficient

Find out more lepra.org.uk/beat-leprosy