Letter to the President of Ukraine Viktor Fedorovych Yanukovych

Human Rights Watch Human Rights Watch (HRW) – Dear President Yanukovych,

We write to express our deep concern regarding ongoing harassment by state prosecutors and law enforcement targeting substance abuse treatment patients, care providers, and HIV organizations throughout Ukraine.  We urge you to take immediate action to put an end to these tactics, which are seriously compromising national efforts to curb the spread of HIV/AIDS and undermining recent progress in addressing the epidemic in Ukraine.

Ukraine is home to the worst HIV/AIDS epidemic in Europe and one of the fastest-growing epidemics in the world.  In recent weeks there has been a pattern of harassment of HIV organizations and patients receiving opiate substitution treatment that calls into question the new government’s commitment to mounting an effective HIV response. These distressing events actively undermine Ukraine’s new national law on HIV/AIDS, enacted January 15, which identified substitution treatment and needle exchange as essential elements of the country’s national HIV prevention strategy.

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Letter to the President of Ukraine Viktor Fedorovych Yanukovych

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