The current Ebola crisis reminds us that fighting communicable diseases requires behaviour change, engaging communities, partnerships with government and civil society, and reducing inequalities. Early diagnosis and treatment is vital too. These lessons have been learned in the fight against HIV. If the AIDS epidemic is to be ended as a public health threat by 2030, the sense of urgency and commitment to human rights which drove the early days of the response cannot be lost.
The Global Commission on HIV and the Law was established in 2010 to identify and analyse the complex framework of international, national, religious and customary law shaping national responses to HIV and the well-being of people living with HIV and key populations.
On 29-30 October, 2014 a Conclusive Regional Dialogue on HIV, Rights and Universal Access in Eastern Europe was held in Tbilisi, Georgia. The Dialogue was the last part of the regional project “HIV, Rights and Universal Access in Eastern Europe” implemented by partnership with UNDP, the International Development Law Organization (IDLO) and fourteen non-government organization in the region since 2012. The project was co-financed by the European Union and designed as a follow up to the regional dialogue of the Global Commission in 2011.
UNAIDS, AIDS Data Hub, UNODC, UNFPA and UNDP have recently published an infographic (see below) capturing the situation of punitive laws in countries of Asia and the Pacific, as of October 2014. The infographic also details recent progress towards zero discrimination in the region, highlighting 10 countries in particular which have removed or revised punitive laws or policies and thereby enabling more people to access HIV services.
A High-level Roundtable on Gender Identity, Rights and the Law was held in Hong Kong on 2 October. The High-level Roundtable, jointly convened by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Centre for Comparative and Public Law (CCPL) at the University of Hong Kong’s Faculty of Law, sought to advance transgender people’s rights in Asia and the Pacific.
- Ensuring sustainability of community-led HIV service delivery in Thailand
- Life-saving logistics in Ukraine
- Opinion: Making the law work for HIV responses
- Networks led by young people in Asia and the Pacific find ways to adapt to COVID-19 and deal with uncertain futures
- Strengthening the role of judges in the HIV response