The Africa Forum on HIV and the Law is a Forum that deliberates over issues of law and human rights in Africa in the context of HIV, and to notice progress on the recommendations of the Global Commission on HIV and the Law in the Continent.
UNDP RSC Africa convened the Second Africa Forum on HIV and the Law on 26 May, 2014 at Nouakchott, Mauritania. This edition of the Forum was graced by around 40 stakeholders comprising of a Member of Parliament from the Burundi National Assembly, regional civil society organisations (ASWA, CEHURD, INERELA+, REMASTP, ENDA Santé, International HIV/AIDS Alliance and AMSHeR), representatives from the African Union Commission, UNAIDS RST WCA, UNAIDS Liaison Office to the AU and UNECA, regional economic communities (COMESA, EAC, ECCAS, ECSA-Health Community, IGAD, SADC and UMA), Mauritania CNLS, WHO, FAO, UNICEF and UNDP Mauritania, UNDP DR Congo, UNDP Malawi, UNDP Nigeria and UNDP Regional Service Centre for Africa.
Botswana has embarked on a process aimed at generating evidence to inform the HIV policy and related legal reviews that would address the human rights aspects of the pandemic in a country with the second highest HIV prevalence rate in the world.
Through support from UNDP and the UN's interagency programme on HIVAIDS (UNAIDS), the government has commissioned studies on HIV in key population. The studies will focus on HIV/AIDS in prison population, Mapping of Most at Risk Populations (MARP) and a survey on Stigma Index. Results of these studies will be used to generate evidence that will inform policy and legal reviews in the country.
Thirteen year-old Barbara Apire lives in Boroboro village, Adekokwok sub-county, in Lira district, Northern Uganda. Barbara's mother died of Aids-related illnesses when she was 12, leaving her in the care of an aunt.
Before she died, Barbara's mother was running a successful grain business in BoroBoro trading centre, and had managed to acquire some prime property which provided a decent and comfortable living for the family. But soon after her death, relatives grabbed the property, and most of the household belongings, leaving nothing for the girl's welfare.
The Minister of Justice and Human Rights and the Congolese Organisation of People living with HIV (UCOP+) organised on the 26 and 27 November the National Dialogue on HIV and the Law in Kinshasa with the support of UNDP, UNAIDS and PEPFAR. This event aimed at creating an interactive dialogue on human rights and HIV among different stakeholders such as Government representatives, HIV experts, parliamentarians, representatives of civil society, legal experts, human rights defenders and people living with HIV including key populations such as sex workers and men who have sex with men.
The Judgement came after successful litigation by Julius Juma who is a KELIN trained pro–bono advocate. He was part of the first ever training for lawyers in Kenya on ‘HIV, Law and Human Rights ‘which took place in November, 2012 in Nairobi.
The judgement opens doors for people living with HIV to assert their right to work and for the right to equal pay for equal work done for both men and women.