More than 30 judges from 14 African countries convened in Johannesburg, South Africa 15–17 June this year for the third annual Regional Judges' Forum to discuss HIV and tuberculosis (TB)-related jurisprudence as part of an ongoing initiative to sensitise senior judges and uphold the rights of people living with HIV in Africa.
"The judiciary must be available for the minority, and in adjudicating cases on minority issues, we must be guided by information, by science, by law, by consideration of justice. If we do so, then we shall have served our purpose", said Botswana High Court's Justice Key Dingake, one of the participants at the UN Development Programme (UNDP)-supported meeting.
During the last week of November 2015, UNDP and the Governments of Norway and Sweden signed an agreement for US$4.2 million for a three year project in Africa. The Project, titled "Strengthening Regional and National Legislative Environments for HIV/SRHR to support the Enjoyment of Human Rights of LGBT People and Women and Girls in Sub-Saharan Africa – Phase II", follows the successful completion of its first phase during 2013-2015.
Le PNUD, l'ONUSIDA, des partenaires internationaux et nationaux ont initié une série de campagnes de sensibilisation contre le VIH, les violences sexuelles, les inégalités Genre couplée au dépistage volontaire du VIH en faveur des groupes vulnérables notamment les jeunes, les femmes, les professionnels du sexe, les motos taximen, les commerçantes et les commerçants, les militaires, les policiers et leurs dépendants, les leaders religieux et les détenus.
La campagne « Connais tes droits » s'est déroulée dans 4 villes : Goma, Bukavu, Mbuji-Mayi et Lubumbashi. À Goma, capitale de la province du Nord-Kivu, les partenaires de la campagne avaient pour objectif de dépister au moins 10 000 personnes (hommes, femmes, jeunes filles et garçons). Dans les villes de Bukavu et Mbuji-Mayi, les organisateurs ciblaient le chiffre de 8000 hommes et femmes pour passer un test volontaire du VIH, dont 4000 par ville.
The African Union (AU) Specialized Technical Committee (STC) on Justice and Legal Affairs has adopted the Model Law on Medical Product Regulation in Africa during its meeting held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from 12 to 13 November 2015. The Model Law is aimed at providing a framework to support member states and Regional Economic Communities (RECs) in their endeavour to strengthen and harmonise regulation of medical products. It offers a comprehensive guide to AU member states in the review and development of national legislation on medical products regulation. The Model Law also supports the creation of an enabling regulatory environment for the private sector to deliver quality, safe and efficacious medical products and technologies to the African population.
At the end of a two day dialogue held on 14-15 August 2015, members of the Homa Bay Court Users Committee (CUC) committed to develop a strategic plan that will inform their intervention on HIV related human rights. The CUC members appreciated the opportunity that KELIN provided in exposing the human rights violations that people living with HIV (PLHIV) face, and acquisition of the relevant legal knowledge to address them. The CUC includes members of the Judiciary, Kenya Police Service, Kenya Prison Service, the Probation Department, the Children's Department, Chiefs and Community members, amongst others.