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National AIDS Committee dismisses 'freedom of speech' assertions in Bain sacking

Published:Thursday | May 22, 2014 | 1:46 PM

The National AIDS Committee is rejecting assertions that Professor Brendan Bain’s dismissal as the head of the Caribbean HIV/AIDS Regional Training Network was a blow to freedom of speech.



The Committee says CHART was established with the specific intent of improving access to HIV treatment to vulnerable groups.



It says many studies and research across the Caribbean region show that the legal framework act as a barrier to certain groups such as persons below the age of consent, homosexual men, prisoners and women living in poverty.



It says Professor Bain was engaged for this specific mandate.



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The National AIDS Committee is contending that by participating in the case in Belize on behalf of a group of churches who were opposing the removal of a law which is shown to prevent access to treatment, Professor Bain was conflicted.



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It says in doing what he did, he no longer had the capacity to engage with the target groups and to provide the type of leadership needed, to achieve the objectives of CHART.



Yesterday the Caribbean Vulnerable Communities Coalition also came out in support of the decision by the University of the West Indies to sack Professor Bain.



Previously, this story stated that the National AIDS Committee had said that Professor Bain breached his contract, that information was not correct. We regret the error.




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