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Rights of Persons living with HIV (PLHIV) in Ghana [Q&A]
Rights of Persons living with HIV (PLHIV) in Ghana [Q&A]
12 April, 2011

The chapter five of the 1992 Constitution of Ghana enshrines fundamental human rights and freedoms of citizens, however Persons Living with HIV (PLs), face high levels of stigmatization and discrimination that undermines their rights as humans in their daily lives. This high level of stigmatization that these vulnerable groups face does not only reside with families and neighbors, but also churches and other organizations and institutions that are supposed to help protect these
vulnerable ones. The National Association of Persons living with HIV & AIDS (NAP+) has received reported cases of high discrimination and stigmatization against its members from all quarters of society and this has affected PLs negatively. Indubitably, the people suffer these acts of discrimination and stigmatization as a result of ignorance. Ignorance of the laws that protect PLs is a hindrance to the empowerment of these groups to stand up and defend their rights and also to seek and access life saving social services including information on HIV. PLs also do not know how to go about securing their rights It is with this background that the Ghana Center for Democratic Development, with support from United States Agency for International Development (USAID), under the project: HIV Stigmatization Reduction and
Human Rights Initiative developed the Q&A on legal rights and protection of PLs in the English, Twi and Ga languages to help educate PLs on their rights as enshrined in the 1992 Constitution of Ghana and other international treaties Ghana has signed on to. It also contains information on where to go for assistance in
case of any abuse of one’s rights.