International AIDS organizations say people from Africa, South America and Asia planning to attend a major conference in Montreal are still struggling to get visas.
Last week, nearly 250 organizations from around the world sent a joint letter to Immigration Secretary Sean Fraser, urging him to take action to ensure participants can attend the International AIDS Conference.
Tinashe Rufurwadzo of Y+ Global, an international organization of HIV+ youth, says the chairman of his organization’s board and another staff member were denied visas to attend the conference.
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According to Rufurwadzo, young people from the African continent must be able to participate in the conference in a meaningful way and not just be represented in pictures in PowerPoint presentations.
Tumie Komanyane, who runs a range of programs for the international NGO Frontline AIDS in South Africa, says groups she works with planned to help more than a dozen young people attend the conference but decided after the first not even 10 visas to apply four applications were rejected.
Conference organizers have previously described visa delays and denials as a potential disaster for the event.
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