Blood requirement discriminatory
13 April, 2017, 12:02 am
Update: 12:02PM A PROMINENT local human rights lawyer, Aman Ravindra-Singh says the Health Ministry’s policy on blood donation is discriminatory against gay men and the minority LGBTQI community in the country.
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Responding to the ministry’s comment in a recent media
report that homosexuals cannot donate blood because they are seen as “high
risk” donors, Mr Ravindra-Singh said the comment was a direct violation of
Section 26 of the Fijian Constitution.
“It is also a violation of fundamental human rights
as contained in the Universal
Declaration of Human Rights.
“The Ministry of Health should immediately withdraw
this discriminatory policy and bring it inline with the WHO guidelines which specifically states
that there should be no discrimination when screening persons for blood donation,”