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Albinism Awareness Day

“On the occasion of the International Albinism Awareness Day, we celebrate the courage and strength of persons with albinism, in countering the discrimination, stigmatisation and violence they face in many countries in the world” reads the statement issued by the European Union External Action  Service, dedicated to the support of persons with albinism, sill nowadays suffering from abuses, attacks, torture, mutilation, in spite of the efforts of various international organisations and NGOs to put an end to the barbarism, rooted in suppositions.

“Misconceptions of albinism persist, putting both adults and children at risk of abductions and killings. Since 2010, there have been around 700 reported cases of attacks and killings of persons with albinism in 28 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa – and these crimes are still taking place every day. The European Union continues to call for the effective investigation of crimes against people with albinism and for fair trials.

“Persons with albinism are also being denied equal access to health care, social protection, education and employment in some countries, directly hindering their fundamental human right to participate and contribute in all aspects of life and society. This is why we strongly advocate for the implementation of laws that guarantee the protection of people with albinism and their full inclusion in social, economic and political life, and that prohibit, prevent and bring redress for the discriminations they suffer from.

“As people with albinism are becoming more vocal about their rights and taking leading roles in their countries, we are inspired by their determination and achievements.

“In our human rights and political dialogues with our partners, addressing the situation of people with albinism remains an important political priority. At international level, the European Union will pursue its support to the UN Independent Expert on the Enjoyment of Human Rights by Persons with Albinism, and to the effective implementation of the Regional Action Plan on Albinism in Africa 2017-2021, a continental response endorsed by the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights. The financing of programmes to protect and promote the rights of persons with albinism, such as the National Initiative for Civic Education in Malawi or the Access to Social Services for Persons with Albinism programme in Nigeria, will be carried on, showing our commitment to concrete actions on the ground.”

“We stand together with people with albinism worldwide and will continue to fight for their fundamental human rights to be respected by all.”

Tanzania freezes family planning ads

Tanzania has suspended broadcasting of family planning ads  of U.S.-funded project, a health ministry letter said, a fortnight after President John Magufuli pointed out family planning was for those “too lazy to take care of their children.

The ministry intends to revise the contents of all your ongoing radio and TV spots for family planning, thus I request you to stop with immediate effect airing and publishing any family planning contents in any media channels until further notice,” the letter, dated September 19, said.

“If you cannot work then opt for family planning but if you can work hard why family planning?” he said.

“Let me tell you in front of the minister of health who is always advocating for family planning, go to farm, work hard … if you have enough food then give birth as you can,” he said during a tour in central Tanzania’s Simiyu region.

 

MEPs condemn killings of disabled children in Uganda

The Parliament strongly condemns the practise of “mercy” killings, the unjustifiable and inhumane killings of disabled children and newborns in Uganda. MEPs call on the authorities to protect people with disabilities, provide quality support and benefits to families with disabled children so that they can be raised at home and urge them to strengthen efforts to raise awareness of the rights and dignity of disabled people.

The European Commission and member states should help the Ugandan government, NGOs and civil society in such efforts, urge MEPs, inviting media to play a more active role in “challenging stereotypes and promoting inclusion”.