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National AIDS Trust Welcomes Asylum Commission Report

Thursday, March 27, 2008

The National AIDS Trust welcomes the interim report published today from the Independent Asylum Commission.

Deborah Jack, Chief Executive of the National AIDS Trust comments:

“We welcome the Independent Asylum Commission’s interim review. Asylum seekers are among the most vulnerable and marginalised communities in the UK and asylum seekers living with HIV face particular challenges.

Changes in the system are urgently needed to end the enforced destitution and ill-health faced by many asylum seekers. Current practises including dispersal at short notice and denying the right to work can exacerbate health conditions such as HIV.

We hope that the issues and challenges highlighted in the report will serve as a catalyst for change so that everyone who enters the UK seeking asylum is treated with dignity and respect.

The National AIDS Trust will shortly be publishing a new report documenting the particular issues people living with HIV face as they move through the asylum pathway. We hope that together these recommendations will improve the health of asylum seekers in the UK.”

Notes to the Editor:

For further information contact:

Katherine Sladden
National AIDS Trust Press Office
02078146733 / press@nat.org.uk

National AIDS Trust

The National AIDS Trust (NAT) is the UK's leading independent policy and campaigning voice on HIV and AIDS. It aims to prevent the spread of HIV, encourage early diagnosis, ensure people living with HIV have access to treatment and care, and eradicate HIV-related stigma and discrimination. www.nat.org.uk