First national symposium on HIV, law and human rights in Kenya
- Published on Wednesday, 31 October 2012 08:44
The national symposium drew attention to the findings and recommendations contained in the Global Commission’s report. Its main objective was to initiate a dialogue among legal professionals, law enforcements agencies, communities of people living with HIV, service providers, government officials and institutions mandated to protect and uphold human rights, on how to utilize the law and human rights to create enabling legal environments for HIV prevention, treatment, care and support. The symposium also highlighted innovative good practice to increase access to justice such as the HIV Equity Tribunal, which has the power of a court and can receive evidence, hear witness accounts, conduct full hearings and pass judgments on matters that focus on the protection of human rights of people living with HIV. This inaugural symposium attracted the participation of over 250 national and country stakeholders. Outcomes from the symposium included recommendations that will inform a sustained momentum of advocacy on confronting HIV in the context of law and human rights, as well as a creation of strategic linkages that will facilitate a rights based approach of dealing with human rights issues relating to HIV.
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