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2014-01-30 04:21:57

TOKYO, Jan. 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Global Appeal 2014 to End Stigma and Discrimination against People Affected by Leprosy was launched in Jakarta, Indonesia, on January 27, endorsed by national human rights institutions from 39 countries and regions. India, Brazil and Indonesia, which together contribute the most cases of leprosy in the world, were among those whose human rights bodies declared: "We uphold the right of people affected by leprosy to live in dignity, free from...

2013-12-10 04:22:32

TOKYO, Dec. 10, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The leaders of organizations of people affected by leprosy from nine countries and Yohei Sasakawa, WHO Goodwill Ambassador for Leprosy Elimination and Chairman of The Nippon Foundation, have written to Pope Francis urging the Catholic Church to speak out against leprosy-related discrimination and labels that perpetuate stigma. The letter has been prompted by the Pope's use of the term "leprosy" in reference to aspects of the Church that he seeks...

2013-01-25 00:20:35

TOKYO, Jan. 25, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Nippon Foundation held a launch ceremony in London on January 24 for the "Global Appeal 2013" designed end stigma and discrimination against people affected by leprosy, calling for the immediate abolition of laws and systems still discriminating against patients and recovered patients despite the fact that Hansen's disease has became curable. (Photo: http://prw.kyodonews.jp/opn/release/201301259538/) The Nippon Foundation Chairman Yohei Sasakawa,...