IBA and Nippon launch Global Appeal 2013
On 24 January the Global Appeal 2013 to end stigma and discrimination against people affected by leprosy was launched by The IBA and The Nippon Foundation in London, United Kingdom, at the premises of the Law Society.
Mr Yohei Sasakawa, The Nippon Foundation’s Chairman, WHO Goodwill Ambassador for Leprosy Elimination and Japanese Government Goodwill Ambassador for the Human Rights of People affected by Leprosy, hosted the event alongside the IBA’s immediate Past President, Mr Akira Kawamura. They were joined by Mr Vagavathali Narsappa and Mr Guntreddy Venugopal, representatives of an Indian organisation of recovered leprosy patients.
Mr Sasakawa and The Nippon Foundation have worked for more than 30 years toward the goal of eliminating the scourge of leprosy (Hansen's disease) from the world. The Nippon Foundation has partnered with the IBA in its capacity as 'the global voice of the legal profession'.
Together, the organisations will work towards increasing awareness about discriminatory laws and lobby governments for their repeal to ensure that the human rights of people affected by leprosy are upheld in accordance with the principles enshrined in the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
BBC presenter Reeta Chakrabarti compered proceedings. The President of the Law Society, Lucy Scott-Moncrieff, welcomed the audience and Baroness Helena Kennedy gave the keynote address.