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Canada Denounced for Visa Denials at AIDS 2022

Canada Denounced for Visa Denials at AIDS 2022

"Right now, if you are hosting a global health conference in US, UK, Canada, EU or Australia, you have decided that it’s acceptable to exclude people from the Global South. How global is your global health?"  -- Dr. Madhu Pai

Dozens of protesters took over the stage at the opening ceremony of the 24th International AIDS Conference in Montreal to condemn Canada’s denial of visas to “high numbers” of delegates from the Global South.

Dr. Adeeba Kamarulzaman, President of the International AIDS Society and International Co-Chair of AIDS 2022, says her organization will re-evaluate how it organizes international conferences as a result of visa denials by the Canadian government.  "Underlying the difficulty experienced by many attendees of AIDS 2022 to enter Canada lies a broader problem of global inequities and systemic racism that significantly impacts global health."

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