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People with albinism deserve our support, says Obaseki

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Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki. AFP PHOTO / PIUS UTOMI EKPEI


Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, has called for support for people with albinism, urging societies that marginalise and stigmatise them to turn a new leaf.Obaseki, who made the call in commemoration of the International Albinism Awareness Day, marked on June 13 yearly, stressed that it was time for a change of attitude towards people with albinism.

He saluted champions of the cause of people with albinism and challenged families, religious institutions, the media, opinion and thought leaders as well as governments at all levels,  to intensify the campaign for the social inclusion of people with albinism.  

The United Nations General Assembly in 2014, adopted a Resolution proclaiming, with effect from 2015, 13 June as International Albinism Awareness Day.According to the global body, “The United Nations Human Rights Council adopted a resolution in 2013 calling for the prevention of attacks and discrimination against persons with albinism. Moreover, in response to the call from civil society organisations advocating considering persons with albinism as a specific group with particular needs that require special attention, on 26 March 2015, the Council created the mandate of Independent Expert on the enjoyment of human rights by persons with albinism.

 


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