Today, I joined in breathing the collective sigh of relief heaved by LGBTI individuals and human rights activists present in the Constitutional Court when it dealt a fatal blow to the draconian Anti-Homosexuality Act (AHA), declaring it null and void. The court was deciding on a petition that called for the nullification of the Act challenging several of its provisions that violated Uganda’s 1995 Constitution. Among the rights under threat were those on equality, non-discrimination, privacy and dignity. But the petition also challenged the procedure of passing the law without the requisite quorum. The rules of procedure in parliament require the presence of at least one-third of MPs before any bill is voted upon, and for the Speaker to take certain steps whenever a question is raised about quorum.
On 16-18 July 2014, UNDP organized an expert group meeting on ‘Gaps, traps and opportunities: Exploring access to justice and human rights for women affected by HIV in the context of plural legal systems’ in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
While the world has witnessed recent declines in AIDS-related deaths and new HIV infections, AIDS continues to present a serious challenge to health and development in many countries. As has been demonstrated by the Global Commission on HIV and the Law, laws and policies based on public health evidence and human rights are the foundation of enabling legal environments that have the potential to positively impact the HIV response.
The report of the National Dialogue on HIV and the Law for the Democratic Republic of the Congo has been released. The Naitonal Dialogue, which took place 26-27 November, 2013 in Kinshasa, brought together stakeholders from government, civil society, HIV and legal experts, human rights advocates and people living with HIV and key populations – more than 120 participants in total. The dialogue was organized by the Minister of Justice and Human Rights and the Congolese Organisation of People Living with HIV, with support from UNDP, UNAIDS and PEPFAR.
The Meeting of Regional Economic Communities on implementation of the African Union Roadmap on Shared Responsibility and Global Solidarity for AIDS, TB and Malaria Response in Africa (2012–2015) was jointly convened by AUC, UNAIDS (Liaison Office to the AU and UNECA) & UNDP RSC (Africa) on 29 May, 2014 at Nouakchott, Mauritania.
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