Across the region, people living with HIV and populations at higher risk of exposure to HIV including men who have sex with men, transgender people, sex workers and people who inject drugs, routinely face human rights violations. These violations include police harassment, sexual assault and violence, as well as discrimination, job dismissal, unequal access to education, housing and reduced access to HIV treatment.
The International Development Law Organization (IDLO) in collaboration with the legal apex body for the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARCLAW), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), UNAIDS, and the World Bank; co-hosted a South Asian Roundtable Dialogue on HIV and the Law at the Yak and Yeti Hotel, Kathmandu from 8-10 November 2011.
The National Dialogue on Human Rights, HIV and the Law in Belize was organized and led by a national umbrella NGO, Women's Issues Network (WIN) Belize, on 12-13 October, 2011 in Belize City with the participation of more than 100 individuals from both, civil society organizations (CSO) and the government (GOB). The purpose of the National Dialogue was to advance human rights-based and HIV-sensitive legal reform in the country; to strengthen knowledge on human rights and HIV-related legal issues; and to sensitize decision makers and the population at large on human rights and HIV. The National Dialogue was built on the outcomes and methodology of the Caribbean Regional Dialogue of the Global Commission on HIV and the Law, conducted in April 2011 in Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago.
A satellite session on HIV and the Law took place in Moscow, Russia, on 11 October 2011, during the High Level Forum on the Millennium Development Goal 6 (MDG 6). The session was a follow-up activity of the Eastern Europe & Central Asia Regional Dialogue of the Global Commission on HIV and the Law held in Chisinau, Moldova, in May 2011. The meeting brought together varied stakeholders and high-level leaders including Michel Sidibé, Executive Director, Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS); Michel Kazatchkine, Executive Director, Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria; Zsuzsanna Jakab, Director of Regional Office for Europe, World Health Organization; Gennadiy G. Onischenko, Head, Federal Service on Consumer Right Protection and Human Wellbeing, Russian Federation and Sergey V. Lavrov, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation. UNDP was represented by Jeffrey O’Malley, Director, HIV/AIDS Group; Mandeep Dhaliwal, Cluster Leader: HIV, Health, Human Rights and Governance; Christoph Hamelmann, Regional Practice Leader: HIV, Health and Development and Dudley Tarlton, Regional Specialist on HIV, Health and Development.
On 6 October 2011, the United Nations Development Programme supported by the Global Commission on HIV and the Law organised a panel discussion on 'Judicial Sensitisation on HIV and the Law'. The panel discussion was held during the 2nd Conference of the Caribbean Association of Judicial Officers (CAJO 2011), in Nassau, Bahamas, and was a follow-up activity from the Commission's Caribbean Regional Dialogue which took place in April 2011.
More than a hundred members of the Caribbean judiciary (i.e.: magistrates and judges from Supreme Courts, Appeal Courts and the Caribbean Court of Justice) attended the panel discussion chaired and moderated by Justice Adrian Saunders, CAJO Chairman and Judge of the Caribbean Court of Justice.