Sasakawa Dianugerahi IBA Rule of Law Award atas Upayanya Memerangi DiskriminasiTerhadap Penderita Penyakit Kusta

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TOKYO, 23 Oktober 2014 /Kyodo JBN-AsiaNet/ — International Bar Association,
persatuan komunitas dan profesional hukum dan asosiasi advokat internasional
terkemuka, menganugerahi Rule of Law Award kepada Yohei Sasakawa, ketua Nippon
Foundation, atas perjuangannya melawan diskriminasi terhadap penderita kusta.

Penghargaan tersebut, yang diberikan atas kontribusi luar biasa dari individu
kepada keadilan, HAM, dan supremasi hukum internasional, diserahkan kepada
Sasakawa di Tokyo, pada tanggal 23 Oktober pada ajang IBA Annual Conference
2014.

Sasakawa, yang juga merupakan Duta Besar Niat Baik WHO untuk Pengentasan
Penyakit Kusta dan Duta Besar Niat Baik Pemerintah Jepang untuk Hak Asasi
Penderita Kusta, telah berjuang menghapus penyakit kusta dan mengangkat hak dan
martabat para penderita penyakit kusta selama hidupnya.

Di bawah kepemimpinannya, Nippon Foundation menyediakan pengobatan kusta gratis
selama lima tahun, mulai tahun 1995 – layanan yang disediakan oleh Novartis.
Sejak tahun 2003, Sasakawa mengangkat penyakit kusta sebagai salah satu isu di
dalam agenda PBB. Dengan dukungan Pemerintah Jepang, beliau membantu membuka
jalan bagi Majelis Umum PBB untuk mengadopsi resolusi Pengentasan Diskriminasi
terhadap Penderita Kusta dan Anggota Keluarga Mereka di tahun 2010.

Mengomentari penganugerahan penghargaan terhadap Sasakawa, Presiden IBA,
Michael Reynolds, mengatakan, “Penganugerahan penghargaan ini ditujukan untuk
merayakan dan menghormati dedikasi Bapak Sasakawa terhadap keadilan dunia.”
Sasakawa mengatakan, “Penghargaan tersebut saya terima bersama dengan para pria
dan wanita yang menderita penyakit kusta, yang merupakan orang-orang yang
berjuang untuk menghapus stigma dan diskriminasi terhadap diri mereka dan
mendapatkan kembali tempat yang layak di tengah-tengah masyarakat.”

Kusta dapat disembuhkan dengan terapi multiobat (MDT). Sekitar 16 juta pasien
kusta berhasil disembuhkan sejak MDT diperkenalkan di tahun 1980-an.

Meskipun penyakit ini dapat disembuhkan, stigma selalu mengakar dari dulu tetap
saja mengakibatkan diskriminasi sosial bagi para penderitanya. Mereka, para
penderita kusta, sangat sulit mengenyam pendidikan, mendapatkan pekerjaan, atau
bahkan menikmati fasilitas publik hanya karena mereka sedang atau pernah
menderita penyakit kusta.

Di tahun 2013, terdapat 215.656 kasus kusta di seluruh dunia. Kebanyakan
berasal dari Asia, Amerika Latin, dan Afrika, 80% di antaranya berasal dari
tiga negara – India, Brasil, dan Indonesia.

Sumber: The Nippon Foundation

Kontak:
Natsuko Tominaga
PR Department
The Nippon Foundation
+81-3-6229-5131
pr@ps.nippon-foundation.or.jp


Sasakawa Wins IBA Rule of Law Award for Efforts to End Leprosy Discrimination

TOKYO, Oct. 23 (ANTARA/Kyodo JBN-AsiaNet) —

The International Bar Association, the world’s leading body of legal professionals, bar associations and law societies, has presented its Rule of Law Award to Yohei Sasakawa, chairman of the Nippon Foundation, for his efforts to end discrimination against people affected by leprosy.

The award, which is conferred in recognition of outstanding contributions by an individual toward international justice, human rights and the rule of law, was presented to Sasakawa in Tokyo on October 23 during the 2014 IBA Annual Conference.

Sasakawa, who is also the WHO’s Goodwill Ambassador for Leprosy Elimination and the Japanese Government Goodwill Ambassador for the Human Rights of People Affected by Leprosy, has made eliminating leprosy and upholding the human rights of those affected by the disease his life’s work.

Under his leadership, the Nippon Foundation funded free treatment of leprosy worldwide for five years from 1995 – a role since assumed by Novartis. From 2003, he took up leprosy as a human rights issue with the United Nations. With the support of the Japanese government, he helped pave the way for the UN General Assembly to adopt a resolution for Elimination of Discrimination against Persons Affected by Leprosy and their Family Members in 2010.

Commenting on the choice of recipient, IBA President Michael Reynolds said, “It is a privilege to both celebrate and honor Mr. Sasakawa’s dedication to world justice with this award.” Sasakawa said he received the award “together with men and women affected by leprosy, who are, as we speak, taking a stand to end the stigma and discrimination against them and reclaim their rightful place in society.”

Leprosy is treated with multidrug therapy (MDT). Some 16 million people have been cured since MDT was introduced in the 1980s.

Although leprosy is curable, the age-old stigma attached to it continues to result in social discrimination. People can find their access to education, employment and public services severely curtailed because they have, or once had, the disease.

In 2013, 215,656 new cases of leprosy were reported worldwide. Most cases of leprosy are detected in Asia, Latin America and Africa. Three countries – India, Brazil and Indonesia – account for over 80% of the total.

Source: The Nippon Foundation

Contact:
Natsuko Tominaga
PR Department
The Nippon Foundation
+81-3-6229-5131
pr@ps.nippon-foundation.or.jp