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Press Release On International Albinism Awareness Day
Press Release On International Albinism Awareness Day
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June 13 has been designated by the United Nations (UN) as "International Albinism Awareness Day (IAAD)" to raise awareness about albinism, understand the individual impacts of albinism, and combat violence and discrimination against individuals with albinism worldwide.

According to the 2021 Albinism Report published by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, albinism occurs in 1 in every 17,000 to 20,000 people in North America and Europe, 1 in every 17,000 people in Australia, and 1 in every 16,000 people in New Zealand. Albinism results from genetic mutations that partially or completely inhibit the production of melanin, the pigment that gives color to living organisms. In albinism, a genetic condition, the congenital lack of melanin pigments in the body leads to white skin, hair, fur, and eyes. Individuals with albinism face social exclusion and discriminatory treatment due to negative perceptions, particularly in areas such as health and disability.

Our Institution, whose main mission is to ensure the right to equal treatment for individuals based on human dignity and to prevent discrimination in the enjoyment of legally recognized rights and freedoms, celebrates June 13 International Albinism Awareness Day with the hope of a world where the fundamental rights and freedoms of individuals with albinism are effectively secured and where they participate fully and effectively in social life on equal terms with other individuals.

Respectfully announced to the public.

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