U.N. hails landmark ruling by Sri Lanka’s top court to outlaw HIV discrimination

By Nita Bhalla NEW DELHI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – The United Nations has welcomed a landmark ruling by Sri Lanka’s highest court prohibiting the discrimination of people living with HIV in education, saying the judgment would set a precedent and help victims seek justice for other forms of prejudice. Ruling on a case involving a five-year-old boy who was denied admission to school because he was believed to be HIV positive, Sri Lanka’s Supreme Court last week said children living with or affected by HIV have the full right to education. The court also reminded the government of its obligation to take steps to protect, promote and respect the human rights of people living with HIV.

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