Campaign founder and HIV activist Zackie Achmat has been
charged with genocide by Anthony Brink of the Treatment
Information Group, an organization that condemns the
use of antiretroviral drugs. In the charges brought
forth on January 4, Brink accuses Achmat with the
poisoning of thousands in South Africa from the use of
antiretroviral drugs to treat HIV, reports South
Africa's Daily Dispatch.
In the 59-page
indictment filed with the International Criminal Court in
The Hague, Netherlands, TIG holds Achmat and TAC responsible
for these deaths.
cited in the complaint [submitted at The Hague]
demonstrates [antiretrovirals] are killing thousands of
people in South Africa," Brink told the Daily
Dispatch. "TAC leader Zackie Achmat correctly
claims personal responsibility for getting these drugs
into the public-health system and, accordingly, is
personally criminally culpable for the deadly consequences.
The case has
become a controversial benchmark because it is seen as a
difference of opinion. Brink receives funding from Dr.
Matthias Rath, who favors vitamin usage in lieu of
drugs for the treatment of HIV, while TAC has been a
public advocate for treating HIV with medication use.
refused comment; however, an employee of TAC issued a
statement. "We're ignoring it because we're dealing with
more important tasks--that is, to support the
country's efforts to develop new strategic plans to
save lives," said general secretary Sipho Mthathi.