UK Deporting HIV Patients to 'Death Sentence'

Critics say British policy hypocritical
By Ambreen Ali,  Newser User
Posted Dec 1, 2008 4:58 AM CST
A candlelight ceremony in honor of people who have died of HIV and AIDS is held in Zimbabwe.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – An African policy group is accusing the UK of deporting immigrants who were being treated for HIV to almost certain death in places where they will be unable to acquire drugs needed to survive. Advocates call the move hypocritical since Britain is a vocal backer of an international declaration calling for universal access to AIDS drugs, the Guardian reports.

"I think when you have got someone who has been put on treatment here and then they are removed to a country where they can't get treatment, it is virtually a death sentence," charged a member of parliament. (Read more Britain stories.)