UCL Institute for Human Rights


Ruins: Chronicle of an HIV Witch-Hunt

18 November 2013, 12:00 pm–2:00 pm

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UCL Faculty of Laws


Moot Court, Bentham House


Ruins: Chronicle of an HIV Witch-Hunt (directed by Zoe Mavroudi) focuses on the case of a group of 31 HIV-positive women who were detained by the police a few days before the May 2012 general election in Greece and force-tested for HIV; those who diagnosed positive were publicly exposed on television and accused of illegal prostitution and seeking to spread the virus intentionally.

The personal accounts in the documentary tell the story of these women who were abused and manipulated by the Greek State, an act which reflects a deficit of empathy for those hardest hit by austerity.


  • Zoe Mavroudi, Director of Ruins: Chronicle of an HIV Witch-Hunt
  • Dr Virginia Mantouvalou, Reader in Human Rights and Labour Law, UCL Faculty of Laws & Co-Director of the UCL Institute for Human Rights
  • Lisa Power, Director of the Terrence Higgins Trust


  • Professor Maria Lee, Professor of Law, UCL Faculty of Law

Visit the Ruins website for more information on the documentary