In a joint press statement by the UN Human Rights Council and the Joint UN Programme on HIV/Aids (UNAIDS) , the two organizations expressed deep concern with regard to news reports that aids victims are buried alive Papua New Guinea.
The two organizations strongly supported the government’s decision to investigate the matter and called on the authorities there to take legal action against the perpetrators.
In their joint statement issued in the capital of Papua, Port Moresby, the two organizations condemned acts of violence and discrimination against aids victims; the two organizations confirmed their unequivocal commitment to support world governments in their efforts to protect their people against such violations against Human Rights.
The statement also welcomed government efforts there to facilitate the aid medical services required to rural areas.
The statement warned that the lack of awareness of the nature of the disease in isolated rural areas could further encourage violence and discrimination against aids victims.
The latest report issued by concerned UN bodies on aids in Papua New Guinea came out last December and described aids there as being "Dangerous and Accumulative" -57,000 cases of victims above the age of 15 have been reported and 2000 more are being reported annually since 2002.