- Albinism is a rare genetic condition that occurs worldwide regardless of ethnicity. It has been the object of erroneous and dangerous beliefs that have fostered extensive discrimination and stigma, including deadly attacks against the bearers of the condition, especially children and women.
- UN Human Rights Chief Navi Pillay: "Persons with albinism have the right to live without fear of bullying,discrimination, social exclusion, killing and dismemberment".
- Peter Ash and Ikponwosa Ero, of the NGO 'Under the Same Sun', introduce the concern of the well-being of Persons With Albinism (PWA).
- An important step on the path towards bringing to an end the stigma, the violence and the prosecution was the establishment of International Albinism Awareness Day this year.
- The purpose of this event is to launch our year-long campaign on the rights of persons with albinism with a Google+ Hangout in which experiences, knowledge, questions and recommendations will be shared in order to bring to light the issue of albinism and human rights.
- Due to technical difficulties we unfortunately had to postpone the original Google+ Hangout planned for July 13. But we are back on track with a rescheduled event for 25 July 2014 at 4:30 PM CET. We hope you can make it again and look forward to discussing with you this important issue close to our heart.
Join us for the Hangout directly on Google+: sm.ohchr.org/GPlusPWAevent or follow the event on YouTube via: sm.ohchr.org/WcvIwK
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