Stop Use of Word 'Leper'
Use condemned as discriminatory at Global Appeal
Speaking at the launch in
Mr. Sasakawa said that people affected by leprosy have demanded that the term not be used. "Unfortunately its use continues to this day in the news media, including the UK media, impacting on the dignity and human rights of people with the disease."
This year's Global Appeal has been publicly supported by the world's religious leaders - appealing to the power and influence of religion to change deeply discriminatory attitudes in society as experienced by people affected by leprosy. Sixteen religious leaders including Archbishop Desmond Tutu, the Dalai Lama, the Chairman of the Indonesian Council of Ulamas, the Chief Rabbi of
Mr. Sasakawa, who is also Chairman of the Nippon Foundation, pointed out that "since an effective cure became available in the mid-1980's, 16 million people have been cured of leprosy worldwide. But, if we include family members, perhaps as many as 100 million people face leprosy-related discrimination in some form, often on a daily basis."
However, in contravention of the resolution, several countries including
Mr. Sasakawa said that removing "discrimination from society requires the
co-operation of society's most influential members. Therefore I ask the
religious leaders who have signed this year's Global Appeal to convey its message to their believers and followers."
Contact: Keiko Mori The Nippon Foundation Tel: +81-3-6229-5131 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
SOURCE The Nippon Foundation