The Travel Rights of HIV-Infected People
1989 Resolution of Immediate Witness
WHEREAS, the 1989 General Assembly of the Unitarian Universalist Association has passed a resolution entitled AIDS/HIV CRISIS that condemns discrimination against people living with AIDS;
WHEREAS, there is no evidence to prove that Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) can be transmitted by casual contact, and a great deal of evidence to suggest that it cannot be so transmitted;
WHEREAS, agencies of the United States government continue to harass people who are HIV-infected, specifically including:
- the imprisonment and deportation of HIV-infected people attempting to travel through the United States in order to attend the Fifth International AIDS conference in Montreal; and
- the imprisonment and deportation of HIV-infected people attempting to enter the United States for treatment or to participate in research programs; and
WHEREAS, the Sixth International AIDS Conference is scheduled to be held in San Francisco in June 1990, and full participation of HIV-infected people is necessary for the advancement of scientific research on the treatment and causes of HIV infection;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED: that the 1989 General Assembly of the Unitarian Universalist Association condemns such interference with the rights of HIV-infected people; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED: that this 1989 General Assembly calls upon the president of the Association to communicate to the President of the United States, the Attorney General of the United States, and the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service our distress at this continued harassment, and to demand that enforcement of the Helms Amendment, under which these actions are being taken, be suspended to allow HIV-infected people to travel freely.
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