Statements and Webcast
H.E. Ms. Maria Rubiales de Chamorro, Deputy Foreign Minister and Permanent Representative
9 June 2011
- Statement: Spanish (Check against delivery)
MARÍA RUBIALES DE CHAMORRO, Deputy Foreign Minister of Nicaragua, said her country was committed to the protection and promotion of people’s rights, as well as free access to health services and the restoration of other human rights. Social exclusion encouraged by the recent Government had “castrated” many aspects of the human rights of the people of Nicaragua, and increased poverty, leading to greater deterioration of living conditions, which, in turn, favoured the spread of epidemics such as HIV/AIDS. A “concentrated epidemic” persisted in Nicaragua, stemming from sexual transmission. The epidemic was also increasingly affecting women.
She said the country aimed to promote healthy behaviour for the prevention of HIV/AIDS among adolescents, young people, women and other key population groups. Communications professionals should be employed in order to relay the necessary messages, as well as to promote human rights and fight against stigmatization and discrimination. The challenges of the coming years would be to improve medical care, thereby enhancing overall quality of life for people with HIV, and to facilitate their re-entry into the labour market, as well as to provide access to housing. Those challenges would be taken up within a framework guided by dedication, love and dignity.