Q&A Session 5

Understanding the Impact of Travel Restrictions on Universal Access from the Perspectives of Migrant Sending and Receiving Countries – A Dialogue

Restrictions on entry, stay and residence for PLHIV reinforces stigma and discrimination, deny opportunities for people to live and work across borders, inhibit access to access to HIV, prevention, care and treatment services. Forty four countries continue to maintain such restrictions including Australia, Singapore, Malaysia and many Gulf and Arab states. These restrictions are particularly problematic in the Asia Pacific region where millions migrate to seek work in industries such as domestic work, construction, healthcare and service industries. This has led to a range of challenges: HIV testing without consent or counselling, lack of health services, frequent cases of detention and deportation. In June 2010, ILO member states passed Recommendation 200 concerning HIV and AIDS in the World of Work, 2010 (200), explicitly calling tor ending mandatory testing of migrants providing them with HIV prevention, care and treatment services in sending, transit and receiving countries. This session will include an interactive debate around related issues.

  • Peter Wiessner, European Aids Treatment Group, Policy Co-chair and Co-author of the Global Database on HIV Related Entry and Residence Restrictions, Germany
  • Richard Howard, HIV/AIDS and the World of Work Branch (ILOAIDS), Regional Specialist, Thailand
  • Asif Altaf, International Transport Workers Federation Global, HIV/AIDS Programme Coordinator, United Kingdom
  • Julian Hows, Global Network of People Living with HIV (GNP+), Global Knowledge Management Team Programme Officer, Netherlands
  • Suzette Moses-Burton, Global Network of People Living with HIV (GNP+) Secretariat Executive Director, Netherlands
  • Joanne Lim-Pousard, Levi-Strauss and Co., Employee HIV/AIDS Program Senior Manager, United States
  • Alice Ouedraogo, HIV/AIDS and the World of Work Branch (ILOAIDS), Global HIV/AIDS Programme Director, Switzerland
  • Syed Mohammad Afsar, HIV/AIDS and the World of Work Branch (ILOAIDS), Global HIV/AIDS Programme Officer, Switzerland
  • Owen Franco, Global Network of People Living with HIV (GNP+), Asia Pacific Region Officer, Philippines
  • Mr Anurag Thakur, India; Member of Parliament; Forum of Parliamentarians on HIV/AIDS, Member of Governing Body, India

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