10.12.2008hiv-aids1.jpg10 December 2008. Kyiv, Ukraine Exhibition “Human Rights Against AIDS” was launched on Human Rights Day today in Soviart gallery (22-a Andriyivsky uzviz). Jeremy Hartley, UNICEF in Ukraine Representative, and Andriy Klepikov, HIV/AIDS Alliance Executive Director, opened the Exhibition with an official ceremony. 10.12.2008hiv-aids1.jpg10 December 2008. Kyiv, Ukraine Exhibition “Human Rights Against AIDS” was launched on Human Rights Day today in Soviart gallery (22-a Andriyivsky uzviz). Jeremy Hartley, UNICEF in Ukraine Representative, and Andriy Klepikov, HIV/AIDS Alliance Executive Director, opened the Exhibition with an official ceremony.

10.12.2008hiv-aids1.jpg10 December 2008. Kyiv, Ukraine Exhibition “Human Rights Against AIDS” was launched on Human Rights Day today in Soviart gallery (22-a Andriyivsky uzviz). Jeremy Hartley, UNICEF in Ukraine Representative, and Andriy Klepikov, HIV/AIDS Alliance Executive Director, opened the Exhibition with an official ceremony.

Through art works and other designs visitors will have the opportunity to learn about Ukraines commitment in implementing the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in the context of HIV/AIDS.

HIV/AIDS issues and systematic human rights violations connected with them are being recorded every year in reports of international human rights organizations and official monitoring of UN Hugh Commissioner Human Rights. Particularly, in 2008 the following violations were recorded:

  • rejection of medical assistance to HIV-positive and drug addicts
  • HIV-status discloser and interference into personal life
  • Torture at places of detention
  • Ineffective use of state funds in fighting the epidemics
  • Issues of accessibility of HIV-testing and preventive methods
  • Inadequately high level of criminalization of drug addicts

Launching the exhibition, UNICEF Representative in Ukraine Jeremy Hartley thanked the International Alliance on HIV/AIDS in Ukraine for initiating the exhibition and using art to reinforce the message on importance of human rights full implementation in Ukraine, in particular of people affected by HIV/AIDS.

"It is important to reaffirm our commitment and act on our collective duty to uphold the rights articulated in the Universal Declaration", he said.

"In Ukraine there is a need for special protection of the rights of the most vulnerable - children, young people, women - in order to improve their lives".

60 art works are presented at the Exhibition, which illustrate the problematic aspects of Ukraine’s implementation of its commitments, among which there are professional photographs by Nataliya Kravchuk, Mila Tesheva, Giacomo Pirozzi and Oksana Chepelyk. Visitors can talk to “Living Books” and see caricatures, videos, films, posters and examples of different project throughout Ukraine.

Presentations and discussions on the topics of the rights of homosexuals; forum-theatre “Children about stigma and discrimination”; protection of the rights of women of sex industry; tolerance towards HIV-positive and vulnerable people will be taking place in the framework of the Exhibition.