Press Release: HIV and the Law: Risks, Rights and Health

Independent high-level commission finds that an epidemic of bad laws and human rights abuses is stifling the global AIDS response

Landmark report finds evidence that enforcing punitive laws hinders HIV responses and wastes resources. Commission urgently calls for laws that protect human rights to save lives, save money and end the epidemic.

NEW YORK, 9 July 2012 - Punitive laws and human rights abuses are costing lives, wasting money and stifling the global AIDS response, according to a report by the Global Commission on HIV and the Law, an independent body of global leaders and experts. 

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Media Advisory: High-level commission to unveil report on how bad laws are stifling the global AIDS response & how good laws can send HIV epidemics into decline

3 July 2012 - The Global Commission on HIV and the Law, an independent body of leaders and experts convened by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) on behalf of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), will launch a landmark report exploring how law and human rights can transform the global AIDS response.

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Launch of Regional Dialogue Resources!

On International Human Rights Day, Mr. Fernando Henrique Cardoso, Chair of the Global Commission on HIV and the Law & Ex-President of Brazil, is launching the Regional Dialogue Resources of the Global Commission on HIV and the Law. These resources provide a rich evidence base on the impact of legal environments on the health and human rights of people living with and affected by HIV.

The online resources feature Regional Dialogues Reports, Issue Briefs, Fact Sheets, Press Releases, pictures and video of regional dialogues. To access the resources please click here!

TEDTalk by Shereen El-Feki, vice-chair of the Global Commission on HIV and the Law

May 2012 - There is an epidemic of HIV, and with it an epidemic of bad laws -- laws that effectively criminalize being HIV positive. At the TEDxSummit in Doha, TED Fellow Shereen El-Feki gives a forceful argument that these laws, based in stigma, are actually helping the disease spread.

Watch Shereen's TED Talk 'HIV -- how to fight an epidemic of bad laws' below, or on www.ted.com.

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