Judges and legal experts from 22 countries meet for the Sixth Africa Regional Judges Forum to discuss HIV, TB and
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UNAIDS and UNDP call on 48* countries and territories to remove all HIV-related travel restrictions
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Africa Regional Grant on HIV welcomes Botswana High Court ruling decriminalizing same-sex sexual conduct
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Botswana decriminalizes gay sex in latest LGBT rights victory in Africa
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What Kenya’s continued gay sex ban means for Africa’s LGBT+ movements
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Corte tumba artículo que penalizaba la propagación del VIH
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New Report Analyses the Successes and Challenges of the Growing Global Movement Against HIV Criminalisation
A new report published today (May 29th 2019) by the HIV Justice Network on behalf of HIV JUSTICE WORLDWIDE provides clear evidenceRead more.
Press Release – Landmark international guidelines launched on human rights and drug policy
VIENNA/GENEVA, 15 March 2019—A coalition of United Nations Member States, United Nations entities and leading human rights experts meeting atRead more.
Why a cricketer calling out homophobia is a win for health
By: Mandeep Dhaliwal, Director of HIV, Health & Development Group, United Nations Development ProgrammeEngland’s cricket captain made headlines two weeksRead more.
ICJ call for submissions on the misuse of criminal law in the areas of sexuality, reproduction, drug use and HIV
The ICJ has opened a call for written submissions on the misuse of criminal law in the areas of sexuality,Read more.
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Родительские права женщин, употребляющих наркотики. Время действовать!
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Contribution – Enda Sante
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SC urges to formulate policy for social inclusion of transgender persons
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Inside Namibia’s HIV success story
By: Sophie EdwardsAugust 14, 2018AMSTERDAM — Facing one of the highest HIV prevalence rates in the world, Namibia has become theRead more.
Shereen El Feki: Time’s up for bad laws on HIV
July 23, 2018Earlier this month, four decades of global efforts to develop a vaccine for HIV received a boost withRead more.
Not a pipe dream: Gender equality and the end of AIDS
By: Kenechukwu EsomAgnes Lungu, 56, and her husband married off their 15-year old daughter. Up until this day she regrets thisRead more.
Opinion: Universal health coverage is out of reach unless we eliminate discrimination
By: Mandeep DhaliwalZero discrimination is more than a slogan. It is essential for achieving universal health coverage.According to WHO andRead more.
Sofia Gruskin: We must follow California’s example and repeal archaic HIV laws
December 15, 2017Recently, my home state of California made national headlines when it repealed an HIV criminalisation law and reducedRead more.
Reviewing laws and policies for a more effective HIV response in Sierra Leone
A review of laws and policies in Sierra Leone identified key areas for reform in creating a more effective HIVRead more.
Making the SDGs work for key populations in Africa
Johannesburg, South Africa – More than 50 members of the Africa Key Population Experts Group gathered this week in Johannesburg toRead more.
Addressing legal barriers to fast-track the HIV and TB response in Africa
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, 3 August 2017 – Six years after the first Africa Regional Dialogue on HIV and the Law andRead more.
Evidence- and rights- based laws and policies are key to ending AIDS
On the five-year anniversary of the Global Commission on HIV and the Law’s groundbreaking report, former members of the CommissionRead more.
Regional judges meet to promote law as a tool to strengthen the HIV response in Africa
High and Supreme Court judges from across Africa gathered in Johannesburg, South Africa this week for an annual forum toRead more.
10 years on from landmark human rights principles, LGBTI and human rights experts reflect on progress, setbacks
Bangkok — On the anniversary of the murder of two LGBTI activists by extremists in Bangladesh, participants at a global Conference onRead more.
Advancing the Human Rights and Inclusion of LGBTI People: A Handbook for Parliamentarians
SummaryAdvancing the Human Rights and Inclusion of LGBTI People: A Handbook for Parliamentarians has been jointly produced by the United NationsRead more.
New issue brief on advancing human rights, equality and inclusive governance to end AIDS
UNDP has released a new Issue Brief, titled Advancing Human Rights, Equality and Inclusive Governance to End AIDS. The IssueRead more.
New reports highlight inequities faced by transgender people living with HIV
New reports highlight inequities faced by transgender people living with HIV Published on Thursday, 16 March 2017 02:13 Oakland, CARead more.
Malawi High Court affirms human rights approach to criminalisation of HIV transmission and exposure
Malawi High Court affirms human rights approach to criminalisation of HIV transmission and exposure Published on Thursday, 16 March 2017Read more.
When Sex is a Crime and Spit is a Dangerous Weapon: The origins, impact and advocacy response to HIV criminal
The American Psychological Association joined nearly a dozen medical, public health, government and advocacy organizations in its release of aRead more.
UN-High-Level Panel On Access To Medicines Takes Next Step At Human Rights Council
The United Nations Human Rights Council held a panel discussion yesterday to exchange views on good practices and key challengesRead more.
Vulnerable to violence: empowering women in South Sudan
It is a violation of women's rights, a major global health problem, and is experienced by approximately one in threeRead more.
Main Recommendations Of UN High-Level Panel On Access To Medicines Presented At WTO
Main Recommendations Of UN High-Level Panel On Access To Medicines Presented At WTO Published on Tuesday, 07 March 2017 15:42Read more.
Do more than make some noise…
The theme of this year's Zero Discrimination Day is make some noise. Raising our voices in solidarity for compassion, diversity,Read more.
Advancing legal protections for LGBTI people in China
Published 20 February 2017Stakeholders gathered this week in Hangzhou, China to review and contribute to the shaping of ongoing legislativeRead more.
PRESS STATEMENT: UNAIDS welcomes landmark decision by Sri Lanka’s Supreme Court prohibiting HIV discrimination
COLOMBO, 2 May 2016—The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) welcomes a decision by Sri Lanka's Supreme Court toRead more.
Public health experts call for inclusive responses to achieve the SDGs
Bangkok, Thailand – Public health responses that are inclusive of all segments of society, particularly the most vulnerable populations, areRead more.
Using Complaints to Address Healthcare Violations: A guide for healthcare users and community-based organisations
This Guidebook provides information about how healthcare users in Africa can enforce their human right to health by making useRead more.
Why we must fight harder for the rights of young women and girls
In her 2013 memoir, activist Malala Yousafzai recounts a moment that changes not only the course of her destiny butRead more.
Joint commitment on sustainable healthcare
Joint commitment on sustainable healthcare Published on Wednesday, 07 December 2016 15:47 The SPHS Task Team members UNDP, UNEP, UNFPA, UNOPS,Read more.
The Keystone Of The Global AIDS Response
On World AIDS Day, we mourn the tragic loss of 1.1 million people to AIDS this year, and reiterate thatRead more.
Helen Clark: Statement on World AIDS Day 2016
This World AIDS Day serves as a reminder of the urgent need to come together as a global community andRead more.
Female Nurses in Demand: UNDP Trains 200+ Young Women to Save Lives in Rural Areas
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UNDP and Global Fund sign a new $7 million grant to address barriers to HIV services in eight Caribbean countries
New York - The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Global Fund have signed a new US$7 million grantRead more.
Working with African judges to protect rights of people living with HIV
More than 30 judges from 14 African countries convened in Johannesburg, South Africa 15–17 June this year for the thirdRead more.
Working with African judges to protect rights of people living with HIV
More than 30 judges from 14 African countries convened in Johannesburg, South Africa 15–17 June this year for the thirdRead more.
2015-2016 Annual Report on UNDP’s partnership with the Global Fund
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United Nations Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel on Access to Medicines Calls for New Deal to Close the Health Innovation and Access
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UNDP and the Global Fund partner with Zimbabwe to strengthen HIV prevention and treatment services
New York - The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Global Fund strengthened their partnership with additional funding ofRead more.
UNDP and the Global Fund sign grant to strengthen the national response to HIV and AIDS in Angola
New York - The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Global Fund signed a US$30 million grant to reduceRead more.
UNDP and the Global Fund sign US$8.7m grant to scale up HIV prevention measures in Afghanistan
New York - The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Global Fund signed a US$8.7 million grant to scaleRead more.
The Lancet: Transgender rights are critical for the health and well-being of transgender people in Asia and the Pacific
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AIDS 2016 – Risks, rights and health: Taking stock of the Global Commission on HIV and the Law
Four years after the Global Commission on HIV and the Law released its report on the impact of laws, policiesRead more.
New report provides guidelines for the examination of patent applications relating to pharmaceuticals
The United Nations Development Programme has released a new publication, titled Guidelines for the Examination of Patent Applications relating toRead more.
New UNDP HIV, Health and Development Strategy 2016-2021
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At landmark BRICS meet, India raises public health, pharma sector concerns
A high-level panel hosted by India as part of the BRICS group of countries discussed the issues of trade dealsRead more.
Nigerian laws give conflicting message on HIV and homophobia
In Nigeria since the introduction of an anti-homosexuality law in 2014 which criminalises LGBT people, increasing homophobia has been havingRead more.
Dispatches: The Philippines’ Unaddressed HIV Epidemic
The Philippine government observed what it described as the world's first "AIDS Hour" on May 14. Department of Health SecretaryRead more.
Clinton Promises She’ll Reform HIV Criminalization Laws
Clinton Promises She’ll Reform HIV Criminalization Laws Published on Tuesday, 17 May 2016 14:40 Tonight, speaking via a pre-recorded videoRead more.
HIV criminalisation a setback to regional AIDS efforts
HIV criminalisation a setback to regional AIDS efforts Published on Monday, 16 May 2016 14:48 Johannesburg – The criminalisation of HIVRead more.
India: Social protection allows people with HIV to live with dignity
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Review of Country Progress in addressing legal and policy barriers to universal access to HIV services in Asia and the
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New report shows HIV criminalisation is a growing, global concern but advocates are fighting back
New report shows HIV criminalisation is a growing, global concern but advocates are fighting back Published on Tuesday, 10 MayRead more.
Laws criminalizing drug possession can cause more harm
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The World Needs a Healthier, Rights-based Approach Towards People Who Use Drugs
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We Cannot Achieve Gender Equality without Drug Policy Reform
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Together we *can* make HIV justice worldwide a reality, by Edwin J Bernard
Two weeks ago, thanks to generous funding for 2016-18 from the Robert Carr civil society Networks Fund, a group of committed activistsRead more.
Launch of HIV Justice Worldwide initiative
Launch of HIV Justice Worldwide initiative Published on Tuesday, 05 April 2016 10:11 Q: What is HIV criminalisation? HIV criminalisationRead more.
Nigeria: Stakeholders Tackle Workplace HIV Discrimination
By Emeka Anuforo As part of efforts to protect the rights and dignity of people living with and affected byRead more.
UN High-Level Panel: Ideas For Change To Global Health And IP System Proliferate
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US: Missouri Supreme Court upholds overly broad HIV non-disclosure law following second constitutional challenge
The Missouri Supreme Court has upheld the conviction of a woman (known as ‘S.F.’) who did not tell her sexualRead more.
US: American psychological association adopts resolution opposing HIV criminalisation
The American Psychological Association (APA) has adopted an evidence-informed resolution on HIV criminalisation in the United States. It was developedRead more.
UNODC Chief: disproportionate responses to drug related offences do not serve justice, or uphold rule of law
Alternatives to conviction or punishment, where appropriate, can be pursued by countries under the international drug control conventions, the headRead more.
South Africa: National Sex Worker HIV Plan Launched
Johannesburg — Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa says the newly launched National Sex Worker HIV Plan is about citizens' rights andRead more.
Good Practices Following the Supreme Court Judgment on Transgender
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We Know All We Need To Know To End The HIV Epidemic. Here’s Why It Continues.
“I had a friend in Atlanta who died in the hospital last year of Pneumocystis pneumonia as if it wasRead more.
In Dem primary, HIV criminalization remains an orphan issue
In Dem primary, HIV criminalization remains an orphan issue Published on Wednesday, 03 February 2016 15:57 DES MOINES, Iowa —Read more.
Different approaches to drug policy and the Asian HIV epidemic
Different approaches to drug policy and the Asian HIV epidemic Published on Tuesday, 02 February 2016 16:04 Following the recentRead more.
Criminal laws on HIV transmission make little difference to sexual behaviour – or may make condomless sex more likely
Roger Pebody A study comparing the sexual behaviour of American gay men living in states with or without laws thatRead more.
HIV exposure law unjustly applies sex offender status, advocates say
HIV exposure law unjustly applies sex offender status, advocates say Published on Thursday, 28 January 2016 16:18 As the deadlineRead more.
UNDP Support to the Implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals
There is an imperative today to foster sustainable development. A vision for what this encapsulates is laid out in theRead more.
Practical problems: Rethink mandatory HIV testing of pregnant women
Testing pregnant women for HIV regardless of their consent involves ethical and legal issues. In developed countries it is voluntary.Read more.
HIV law: It’s time for a change
HIV law: It’s time for a change Published on Saturday, 16 January 2016 16:20 Criminal charges against a Sydney manRead more.
With #EndBadHIVLaws, Campaign Uses Social Media to Combat HIV Criminalization
In the years since social media was introduced, the world has vastly changed. Often social media is chided as aRead more.
Kenyan Advocates Speak Out on HIV, Human Rights and Treatment Access for Gay Men, Other MSM
Kenyan Advocates Speak Out on HIV, Human Rights and Treatment Access for Gay Men, Other MSM Published on Monday, 28Read more.
The latest issue of our Newsletter – December 2015 – is out!
The latest issue of our Newsletter - December 2015 - is out! Follow the link below to get caught upRead more.
UN Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel on Access to Medicines Issues Call for Contributions
The United Nations Secretary-General's High-Level Panel on Access to Medicines is inviting contributions for consideration that address the policy incoherenceRead more.
Kenya must legalise sex work for the sake of human rights and public health
Kenya must legalise sex work for the sake of human rights and public health Published on Thursday, 17 December 2015Read more.
New three-year project launched on sexual and reproductive health and rights of LGBT people in Africa
During the last week of November 2015, UNDP and the Governments of Norway and Sweden signed an agreement for US$4.2Read more.
Strengthening the use of competition law to promote access to health technologies LMICs
Promoting competition within the pharmaceutical market has proven to be an effective strategy in reducing the price and increasing theRead more.
Being HIV-positive can get you kicked out of school in India
NEW DELHI, India — India has the third-largest population of HIV-positive people of any country in the world. Yet forRead more.
Namibia: HIV, Human Rights and Sex Work
Namibia: HIV, Human Rights and Sex Work Published on Wednesday, 02 December 2015 11:00 OPINION Although the AIDS response inRead more.
New study reveals who is being impacted by California laws that criminalize people living with HIV
New study reveals who is being impacted by California laws that criminalize people living with HIV Published on Tuesday, 01Read more.
HIV Legal & LGBT Organizations Call for Broader Efforts to End HIV Criminalization
HIV Legal & LGBT Organizations Call for Broader Efforts to End HIV Criminalization Published on Tuesday, 01 December 2015 10:55Read more.
Ending AIDS: it takes more than two and a half men
The media has gone crazy over the disclosure of the HIV status of one of America's most controversial television stars,Read more.
Helen Clark: Statement on World AIDS Day
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«Connais tes droits » : 42 150 personnes acceptent le dépistage du VIH-SIDA
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Breakthrough brings cost of HIV treatment to under $100 per patient per year
Geneva – UNDP has achieved significant reductions in the price of HIV medicines that it procures, bringing down the costRead more.
Act Now to #DecriminalizeHIV
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Want a Healthy World? Let the HIV Response Lead the Way
World AIDS Day 2015 comes at a watershed moment in the fight for the health of people living with HIVRead more.
Most states keep laws criminalizing HIV
Most states keep laws criminalizing HIV Published on Tuesday, 24 November 2015 11:03 LOS ANGELES — Charlie Sheen’s recent revelationRead more.
The origins and future of HIV disclosure laws
Alison Duke's film, Consent, examines the activism and impacts of the 2012 Canadian Supreme Court decision By Chris Dupuis Canadian lawsRead more.
Halting spread of HIV demands mix of law, health policy
"Ignorance," English poet Thomas Gray wrote, "is bliss." While those famous words were written in 1742, he could well haveRead more.
Human Dignity Trust launches Criminalisation in the Commonwealth 2015 report
Human Dignity Trust launches Criminalisation in the Commonwealth 2015 report Published on Sunday, 22 November 2015 09:21 The criminalisation ofRead more.
Charlie Sheen’s HIV announcement highlights flaws in NZ law
Charlie Sheen’s HIV announcement highlights flaws in NZ law Published on Friday, 20 November 2015 09:31 The news that HollywoodRead more.
Secretary-General Appoints Two Former Presidents, 14 Others as Members of High-Level Panel on Access to Medicines
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced today the establishment of a high-level panel on health technology innovation and access. ComprisingRead more.
New grant to support human rights in 10 African countries
New York - The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Global Fund have signed a US$10.5 million grant toRead more.
Ministers of Justice and Attorney Generals of the African Union Adopt the Model Law on Medical Products Regulation in Africa
The African Union (AU) Specialized Technical Committee (STC) on Justice and Legal Affairs has adopted the Model Law on MedicalRead more.
Southern Africa: Media Should Help Fight HIV Stigma – Prof Dingake
Johannesburg — The need to uphold human rights - particularly sexual and reproductive health rights (SRHR) - should not beRead more.
Harm reduction conference calls for political leadership to reform drugs policy
Harm reduction conference calls for political leadership to reform drugs policy Published on Tuesday, 27 October 2015 09:43 The biggestRead more.
Opinion: Has Supreme Court criminalized HIV?
People living with the virus can be charged with sexual assault even when there is no risk of transmission BYRead more.
HIV Criminalization Never Made Sense
HIV Criminalization Never Made Sense Published on Monday, 19 October 2015 10:24 By Theodore Kerr Understanding the history of theseRead more.
Upcoming human rights grant will tackle barriers to access in Africa
A new regional program focusing on legal and policy change in Africa has been invited to proceed to grant-making. TheRead more.
Canada: New film explores the impact of using sexual assault law to prosecute HIV non-disclosure
Canada: New film explores the impact of using sexual assault law to prosecute HIV non-disclosure Published on Thursday, 15 OctoberRead more.
Asia-Pacific sees progress on the protection of LGBTI people but obstacles remain
Hanoi, 14 October 2015 – Over the past decade, some 25 countries and territories across Asia and the Pacific haveRead more.
Regional framework for addressing health and human rights needs of trans people in Asia-Pacific released
Bangkok – A regional Blueprint that specifically addresses the health needs and human rights of transgender people in Asia andRead more.
Enshrining the rights of sexual and gender minorities in the Constitution of Nepal
In a historic victory for Nepal’s sexual and gender minorities, the country’s new Constitution explicitly protects them against discrimination. TheRead more.
The latest issue of our Newsletter – September 2015 – is out!
The latest issue of our Newsletter - September 2015 - is out! Follow the link below to get caught upRead more.
SDG SERIES: Are SDGs the Vehicle to End AIDS by 2030? Only if Driven by Human Rights
Allan Maleche This month's UN summit for the adoption of the post-2015 global development agenda will provide an opportunity forRead more.
Ban on entry into Singapore eased for foreigners with HIV
SINGAPORE - For more than two decades, foreigners infected with HIV have not been allowed to set foot in Singapore.Read more.
Botswana Issues Historic HIV Ruling
––HIV-positive nurse sentenced to three years for workplace accident–– May 20, 2014––A Ugandan court has done the unthinkable: sentenced aRead more.
Homa Bay Court Users Committee Pledge to Develop a Strategic Plan to address Issues of HIV and AIDS in the
Justice Monica Mbaru taking Court Users Committee Members through HIV related discrimination at the work place. Photo: KELIN/Wesley Nderi. AtRead more.
Jailing of gay men in Senegal poses setback to HIV fight in Africa
Jailing of gay men in Senegal poses setback to HIV fight in Africa Published on Wednesday, 26 August 2015 11:35Read more.
Sexual health, human rights, and law
Sexuality and sexual health are two closely related concepts that contribute to the overall health and wellbeing of individuals, couples,Read more.
KELIN & UNDP Kenya undertake the First County Dialogue on HIV, Human Rights & the Law in Homa Bay County
Twenty-five members of the Homa Bay Court Users Committee (CUC) will participate in a dialogue on HIV, Human Rights andRead more.
Global movement votes to adopt policy to protect human rights of sex workers
A crucial vote to protect the human rights of sex workers was passed today in Dublin at Amnesty International's decision-makingRead more.
Keeping sex workers safe
Keeping sex workers safe Published on Saturday, 08 August 2015 16:09 Volume 386, No. 9993, p504, 8 August 2015 EditorialRead more.
Prison time for HIV? It’s possible in Veracruz
The Veracruz state Congress has unanimously approved legislation that calls for prison time for anyone who intentionally infects another personRead more.
Ukraine lifts ban on HIV-positive visitors
Kiev (AFP) - Ukraine said on Wednesday it had removed its restriction on entry and foreign travel for HIV-positive peopleRead more.
ARASA launches a Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, HIV and Human Rights Advocacy Toolkit
ARASA launched a Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, HIV and Human Rights Advocacy Toolkit on 3 August, 2015during its 4th AnnualRead more.
SOMETHING TO CELEBRATE
“Both my parents died a long time ago, so I went to live with my brothers and their wives. WhenRead more.
Policy brief: Transgender people and HIV
Overview This technical brief summarizes essential information and existing WHO recommendations for HIV prevention, diagnosis, treatment and care among transgenderRead more.
Ending overly broad HIV criminalization: Canadian scientists and clinicians stand for justice
By Ludo Bok, Team leader, Development effectiveness, HIV, Health & Development Group, UNDP The media has gone crazy over theRead more.
The Trans-Pacific Partnership — Is It Bad for Your Health?
Amy Kapczynski, J.D. N Engl J Med 2015; 373:201-203July 16, 2015DOI: 10.1056/NEJMp1506158 International trade deals once focused primarily on tariffs.Read more.
UNAIDS announces that the goal of 15 million people on life-saving HIV treatment by 2015 has been met nine months
ADDIS ABABA/GENEVA, 14 July 2015—The AIDS targets of MDG 6—halting and reversing the spread of HIV—have been achieved and exceeded,Read more.
Experts call for more rights based, evidence informed drug control policies
Government, civil society representatives and development partners have committed to address drug control laws and policies that negatively affect humanRead more.
Mozambique scraps colonial-era homosexuality ban
Mozambique scraps colonial-era homosexuality ban Published on Monday, 29 June 2015 16:28 Maputo (AFP) – Mozambique decriminalised homosexuality on MondayRead more.
Legal environments affecting the HIV response in South-East Asia: New report
Bangkok – A regional review of laws in South-East Asia examines the legal environments affecting HIV responses among people livingRead more.
World must drastically accelerate AIDS efforts or face more HIV infections and deaths than five years ago—says UNAIDS and Lancet
New report ‘Defeating AIDS–Advancing global health’ shows that innovations in the AIDS response should be exploited to meet future global healthRead more.
Living in a stigmatizing country increases HIV risk for MSM in Europe
Living in a stigmatizing country increases HIV risk for MSM in Europe Published on Monday, 22 June 2015 16:26 MenRead more.
2nd Meeting of the African Regional Judges’ Forum on HIV, Human Rights and the Law
The second meeting of the African Regional Judges' Forum on HIV, Human Rights and the Law was held on 18-19Read more.
Addressing the Development Dimensions of Drug Policy
In April 2016, the UN General Assembly will hold a Special Session on Drugs to assess and debate the successesRead more.
Engaging with National Human Rights Institutions key to advancing rights of hijra and transgender people
DHAKA – “I was so happy and excited that day. We worked so hard and for so long for thisRead more.
Kenya HIV activists want data destroyed
Kenya HIV activists want data destroyed Published on Wednesday, 17 June 2015 15:12 Human rights activists have gone to courtRead more.
African leaders adopt experts report to end AIDS, TB and malaria by 2030
Sandton–16 June 2015: African leaders on Sunday during the statutory AIDS Watch Africa (AWA) luncheon meeting adopted the report ofRead more.
ASSAF report assesses criminalisation of sexual diversity
ASSAF report assesses criminalisation of sexual diversity Published on Wednesday, 10 June 2015 16:32 Sexual diversity has always been partRead more.
African academics challenge homophobic laws
Scientific report demolishes assertions used to back criminalization of homosexuality. Linda Nordling A Western import. Unnatural. Contagious. Un-African. All ofRead more.
Is Morocco about to legalize gay sex?
Is Morocco about to legalize gay sex? Published on Monday, 08 June 2015 15:03 Gay men living in Morocco atRead more.
Miriam seeks amendments to HIV/AIDS law
Miriam seeks amendments to HIV/AIDS law Published on Sunday, 07 June 2015 10:37 MANILA, Philippines – Alarmed by the riseRead more.
Sexual health, human rights and the law
The World Health Organization has released a new report entitled "Sexual health, human rights and the law". The report demonstratesRead more.
Asia-Pacific countries adopt roadmap to end the AIDS epidemic by 2030
(ESCAP News) — Heads of government, ministers and other high-level officials from 50 countries and territories in Asia and theRead more.
International Community of Women Living with HIV (ICW) publish updated position statement on overly broad HIV criminalisation
International Community of Women Living with HIV (ICW) publish updated position statement on overly broad HIV criminalisation Published on Wednesday,Read more.
The Utility of Criminal punishment as a means of preventing the spread of HIV/AIDS in the SADC Region – Judicial
Director of proceedings, I should commence my intervention this morning by expressing my sincere gratitude to the organisers of thisRead more.
5 Ways Harm Reduction Can Help Modernise Policing
Police are under constant scrutiny (some more than others) about their policing and law enforcement practices and priorities. Criticism sometimesRead more.
Nigeria, MSM, and the law: from evidence to strategy
In January, 2014, the Same-Sex Marriage Prohibition Act was signed into law in Nigeria. In The Lancet HIV, Sheree SchwartzRead more.
Ten Facts about HIV Non-Disclosure Legislation in Canada
1. As of January 2014, approximately 155 individuals since 1989 have been criminally charged in Canada for not disclosing theirRead more.
Australia: Victoria’s HIV-specific criminal law, Section 19A, finally repealed today
In a joint media release, Living Positive Victoria and the Victorian AIDS Council have welcomed the passage of the CrimesRead more.
Engaging with National Human Rights Institutions key to advancing rights of hijra and transgender people
Hijras and transgender people take part in the first ever Hijra Pride event on 10 November 2014 in Dhaka toRead more.
UNDP and UNAIDS back efforts by least-developed countries to secure sustainable access to treatment
Geneva - The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) would like toRead more.
Malawi: Commercial Sex Workers Who Were Forced for HIV Test Win Case in Court
Malawi: Commercial Sex Workers Who Were Forced for HIV Test Win Case in Court Published on Wednesday, 20 May 2015Read more.
Banning Gender-Based Violence in Nigeria – A Major Step Forward
Last week, as word spread about girls kidnapped by Boko Haram last year returning to their communities having been rapedRead more.
Helen Clark: Statement on International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia
Helen Clark, UNDP Administrator Statement on International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia United Nations, New York The International Day AgainstRead more.
UN Secretary-General Reiterates Commitment to Equality for LGBT People in Video and Blog Post
High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) launched a video yesterday to mark the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and BiphobiaRead more.
In The Face of Fear: the Criminalization of HIV Transmission
In The Face of Fear: the Criminalization of HIV Transmission Published on Friday, 15 May 2015 11:51 Submitted by MarvellRead more.
News Release: Zambia High Court Confirms Aquittal of HIV activist, Paul Kasankomona
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Banning gay sex is not just wrong in Africa, it leads to more HIV
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Northern part of Cyprus decriminalises homosexuality
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CONAVIHSIDA and UNDP present the results from the National Dialogue in Dominican Republic (in Spanish)
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South Asia Regional Advocacy Framework and Resource Guide: HIV, Human Rights and Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity
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HRW: Cambodia: Drug Centers Detain, Abuse ‘Undesirables’
HRW: Cambodia: Drug Centers Detain, Abuse ‘Undesirables’ Published on Monday, 09 December 2013 11:42 Officials Should Be Held to AccountRead more.
Ambitious Bill Targets HIV/AIDS Discrimination
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World AIDS Day 2013 Statements from United Nations Secretary-General, UNDP Administrator and UNAIDS Executive Director
On this World AIDS Day, I am more optimistic than ever. Much of the world is accelerating progress in respondingRead more.
WAD 2013 UNAIDS and UNDP Joint Press Release: Latin America shows encouraging trend to decriminalize HIV transmission
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HIV non-disclosure laws don’t work in fighting AIDS
HIV non-disclosure laws don’t work in fighting AIDS Published on Wednesday, 27 November 2013 15:43 The former Australian High CourtRead more.
National Dialogue on HIV, human rights and the law in the Democratic Republic of Congo
The Minister of Justice and Human Rights and the Congolese Organisation of People living with HIV (UCOP+) organised on theRead more.
Series of dialogues in Brazil culminates with a National Dialogue on HIV and the law in Niterói, Rio de Janeiro
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Senator Coons to introduce bill to combat discrimination against those with HIV/AIDS
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KELIN welcomes the judgement from the Industrial Court of Kenya sitting at Nairobi in VMK v CUEA
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HIV and adolescents: Guidance for HIV testing and counselling and care for adolescents living with HIV
HIV and adolescents: Guidance for HIV testing and counselling and care for adolescents living with HIV Published on Tuesday, 26Read more.
Elders to be trained on the effective use of traditional forms of dispute resolution to address HIV related human rights
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Report urges stronger legal protections for women and girls affected by HIV in health care settings
Bangkok – A report from four Asian countries reveals serious gaps in the legal means of protection of the rightsRead more.
Impact of Laws on Youth’s Access to Sexual Health Services – Study Release
Impact of Laws on Youth’s Access to Sexual Health Services – Study Release Published on Tuesday, 19 November 2013 18:00Read more.
HRI launches new resources focused on women who inject drugs and the overlap between sex work and drug use at
HRI launches new resources focused on women who inject drugs and the overlap between sex work and drug use atRead more.
Canada: Nova Scotia court acquits young man with undetectable viral load of aggravated sexual assault for HIV non-disclosure despite no
Canada: Nova Scotia court acquits young man with undetectable viral load of aggravated sexual assault for HIV non-disclosure despite noRead more.
Widows to be Empowered on Enforcement of their Legal Rights
Women in Kenya have in the past experienced inequality, discrimination, sexual and domestic violence which are often enshrined or condonedRead more.
HIV and human rights manual for the Democratic Republic of the Congo released
A manual on HIV and human rights in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, entitled Le VIH/SIDA et les droitsRead more.
Study about stigma and discrimination faced by sex workers in health care services of Latin America and the Caribbean (in
Este estudio tuvo como objetivo analizar la calidad de atención y la existencia o no de discriminación en los serviciosRead more.
Human Rights Groups Call For an End to Botswana Anti-Sex Work Campaign
Human Rights Groups Call For an End to Botswana Anti-Sex Work Campaign Published on Wednesday, 13 November 2013 15:11 Following reports thatRead more.
Access to justice: evaluating law, health and human rights programmes in Kenya
In Kenya, human rights violations have a marked impact on the health of people living with HIV. Integrating legal literacyRead more.
The HIV epidemic and human rights violations in Brazil
Abstract Efforts to mitigate stigma and discrimination have been central to the national response to HIV in Brazil, a countryRead more.
A life of dignity for all | Mandeep Dhaliwal
Without a doubt there has been great progress in the AIDS response. The numbers tell us that the overall ratesRead more.
News Release: African Commission Condemns Coerced Sterilisation of Women Living with HIV
Johannesburg, November 7 – In a landmark pronouncement for women's rights, the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights (ACHPR)Read more.
HIV and the Law: Risks, Rights & Health now available in Mongolian
The final report of the Global Commission on HIV and the Law, HIV and the Law: Risks, Rights & Health, isRead more.
Judicial officers to apply the law in promoting the realization of zero discrimination against PLHIV in eastern and southern Africa
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Eminent African Judges Dialogue on HIV related stigma and Discrimination
As the HIV epidemic continues to affect millions of people in developing countries especially in Africa, judiciary is now beingRead more.
HIV and the Law Dialogue Series in Brazil: criminalization of HIV transmission
"Prejudice and lack of knowledge regarding what AIDS is, this is the real problem", said Mr. Dani Rudnicki, brazilian lawyer,Read more.
Sweden: Court of Appeal acquits ‘HIV exposure’ case, recognises National Board of Health and Welfare endorsement of ‘Swiss statement’, Minister
Sweden: Court of Appeal acquits ‘HIV exposure’ case, recognises National Board of Health and Welfare endorsement of ‘Swiss statement’, MinisterRead more.
Judicial Officers from Eastern and Southern Africa Dialogue on HIV, Human Rights and the Law
Over Fifty judicial officers from Botswana, Burundi, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda & Zambia will participate inRead more.
Compendium of Judgment for Judicial Dialogue on HIV, Human Rights and the Law in East and Southern Africa
Compendium of Judgment for Judicial Dialogue on HIV, Human Rights and the Law in East and Southern Africa Published onRead more.
Myanmar Parliamentarians explore the country’s right to access affordable medicines
Nay Pyi Taw – More than 30 parliamentarians in Myanmar explored how to use global mechanisms and strengthen national lawsRead more.
First Biennial Scientific Conference on Medicines Regulation in Africa
The NEPAD Agency in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO) and the organisational support of US-Food and Drugs AdministrationRead more.
New publication addresses human rights challenges in the Caribbean
New publication addresses human rights challenges in the Caribbean Published on Wednesday, 23 October 2013 09:20 A book exploring theRead more.
OSF Fact Sheets on the findings of the Global Commission on HIV and the Law
OSF has published a series of civil society briefing papers highlighting the key issues addressed in the Global Commission onRead more.
New film: The Time Has Come
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UNAIDS applauds Uzbekistan for removing restrictions on entry, stay and residence for people living with HIV
GENEVA, 21 October 2013—The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) welcomes the recent lifting of all restrictions on entry,Read more.
Greek Court Failed to Uphold HIV-positive Worker’s Right to Non-Discrimination, Says European Court
On 3 October 2013, the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) held that the failure by the Greek Court ofRead more.
National Reviews and Multisectoral Consultations on Policy and Legal Barriers to Effective HIV Responses
National Reviews and Multisectoral Consultations on Policy and Legal Barriers to Effective HIV Responses Published on Wednesday, 16 October 2013Read more.
Research at the medico-legal borderland: perspectives on HIV and criminal law
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Using Law to Accelerate Treatment Access in South Africa
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New steps ease access for more affordable medicine
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has played a pivotal role in the Asia-Pacific region in addressing the needs ofRead more.
First International Meeting on Human Rights and Gender Identity in Bolivia
On 7 and 8 October 2013 the First International Meeting on Human Rights and Gender Identity was convened in Cochabamba,Read more.
Toolkit: Scaling Up HIV-related Legal Services (Spanish Language version)
A Spanish language version of the Toolkit: Scaling Up HIV-related Legal Services has been released. The Toolkit has been adaptedRead more.
From Despair to Hope: A UNDP Film
UNDP Thailand has released a new documentary which tells the story of Apiwat, a man living with HIV. It's theRead more.
Mission by Senior UNDP Policy Advisors to Jamaica Yields Positive Engagement from Parliamentarians on Implementation of Recommendations of the Global
Senior UNDP policy advisors on Parliamentary Development and HIV, Health and Development, including Charles Chauvel, former Commissioner of the GlobalRead more.
Avahan Aids initiative may have prevented 600,000 HIV infections in India
A programme in India may have saved around 600,000 people from becoming infected with HIV over the course of aRead more.
Stakeholder’s resolve to review the definition of “counterfeiting” in the Kenyan law; an opportunity to ultimately ensure access to medicines
In a promising turn of events, the Kenya Anti counterfeit Agency (ACA) has agreed to review the term “counterfeiting” as defined inRead more.
For Women in Botswana, Victory Against a “Clawback Clause”
Last month, a five-year legal struggle ended with a landmark victory for women's rights in Botswana. The country's highest courtRead more.
HIV and the law: Protecting the rights of people living with HIV in Ukraine
HIV and the law: Protecting the rights of people living with HIV in Ukraine Published on Thursday, 19 September 2013Read more.
Civil society cautions SADC leaders against mandatory HIV testing
Civil society cautions SADC leaders against mandatory HIV testing Published on Friday, 13 September 2013 14:33 Windhoek, 22 August 2013 –Read more.
Experts agree: Overly broad HIV criminalisation is doing more harm than good
The HIV Justice Network has today released a new documentary, More HARM Than GOOD: How overly broad HIV criminalisation is hurtingRead more.
Experts meet on advancing access to HIV treatment
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New Resource: Ending and Defending Against HIV Criminalization – A Manual for Advocates
New Resource: Ending and Defending Against HIV Criminalization – A Manual for Advocates Published on Tuesday, 03 September 2013 13:58Read more.
Caribbean sex workers coalition calls for an end to discrimination against sex workers; urges transgender recognition
Caribbean sex workers coalition calls for an end to discrimination against sex workers; urges transgender recognition Published on Monday, 02Read more.
Kilifi county officials to discuss HIV issues with injecting drug users, sex workers
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A chat about the rights of people living with HIV
Q: Why do you think it’s important to work on human rights, stigma and discrimination issues in the context ofRead more.
IDPC Briefing Paper – HIV prevention among people who use drugs in East Africa
IDPC Briefing Paper – HIV prevention among people who use drugs in East Africa Published on Thursday, 29 August 2013Read more.
Creating Enabling Legal Environments: Conducting National Reviews and Multi-Sector Consultations on Legal and Policy Barriers to HIV Services
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Court Allows Groundbreaking Case Against Anti-Gay Religious Leader to Proceed
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A brutal murder recalls need for laws that protect LGBTI people
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Law enforcers from six countries commit to protect rights of people living with HIV
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US: House appropriations committee passes amendment that would fund review of HIV-specific criminal laws
The United States is closer than ever before in ensuring that their HIV-specific laws are reviewed and amended in orderRead more.
12-16 July 2013 – Abuja+12: African Leaders Renew Their Commitments to Eradicate HIV, Tuberculosis and Malaria on the Continent
“Ending HIV/AIDS, TB and Malaria is not going to be easy, not going to be quick, and not going toRead more.
Using laws to help tackle HIV/AIDS resonates widely | Helen Clark
Laws which safeguard dignity, health and justice are essential to effective HIV responses. This was one of the main messagesRead more.
Changes to Ukraine’s HIV legislation
Kyiv, 27 June: UNDP and the Ukrainian Parliament today brought together leaders of civil society, government and international organizations toRead more.
Focusing on prices of HIV medicines in middle-income countries | Tenu Avafia & Katie Kirk
A key determinant of middle-income countries meeting their health-related Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) will be their ability to sustain andRead more.
Supreme Court says law can’t dictate anti-AIDS groups’ speech
The Supreme Court ruled Thursday that it is a violation of the First Amendment for the federal government to forceRead more.
Press Release: UNDP Brings Together Civil Society Actors and People Living with and Affected by HIV for Capacity Building Training
Civil society members, legal aid service providers and human rights lawyers collaborate to improve legal literacy and access to legalRead more.
Addressing punitive and discriminatory laws that are impeding the HIV response in Bangladesh
The National AIDS Program, in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDSRead more.
Better Health, Better Human Rights
By Dr. Mark Dybul, Executive Director, Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria New research shows that a highlyRead more.
WTO Members Agree On Draft Extension Of TRIPS Transition For LDCs
By Catherine Saez, Intellectual Property Watch World Trade Organization members today reached a draft decision on a request put forward byRead more.
Brave OAS resolution on Human Rights
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Towards Zero discrimination: judges from Asia and the Pacific unite to address HIV, human rights and the law
Bangkok – Some 30 judges from the highest national courts from 16 countries in Asia and the Pacific met inRead more.
Asia Pacific judges discuss HIV response
Thirty judges from sixteen Asia Pacific nations have met in Thailand to discuss how they can create a more supportiveRead more.
Compendium of Judgements: Background Material
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UNDP Conducts Capacity Building Training in the Republic of Moldova for People Living with and Affected by HIV
Civil society members, legal aid service providers and human rights lawyers team up to improve access to legal services. Chisinau,Read more.
South African Commission for Gender Equality Calls for Decriminalisation and Protection of Sex Workers Rights
The South African Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) has investigated the legislative response to sex work by examining evidence fromRead more.
Right to health, right to life – high-level meeting on HIV and human rights
Human rights are essential for the response to HIV. "Right to health is right to life” - with this motto a highRead more.
AIDS laws in Asia and the Pacific are failing to protect those most vulnerable
egal protections are unevenly enforced and human rights violations persist for people living with HIV in Asia and the Pacific.Read more.
UNDP report on experiences and lessons learned from national HIV laws in Asia and the Pacific
Countries in Asia and the Pacific have put in place laws to provide legal protections against HIV-related human rights violations;Read more.
Time to Explore How to Regulate Drugs
Co-signed by the following members of the Global Commission on Drug Policy: George P. Shultz, former Secretary of State, United States,Read more.
TRIPS Exemption Opposed By Obama Administration, Threatening Cost Spike For Drugs In Poorest Nations
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“The Riddle”: What exists in every corner of the world but remains illegal in more than 70 countries?
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UNAIDS Press Statement: International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia
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Experts and Young People Call for Increased Respect for the Human Rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) People
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Helen Clark: Statement for International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia
Helen Clark: Statement for International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia Published on Friday, 17 May 2013 08:35 Creating a safeRead more.
Uruguay: diálogo sobre VIH y derechos humanos
El viernes 5 de abril, en el edificio anexo del Palacio Legislativo, se lanzó el Diálogo sobre VIH y derechosRead more.
Honduras: National Dialogue on HIV and the Law
Following up on the recommendations made by the Global Commission on HIV and the Law, the Secretary of Justice andRead more.
Reps. Lee and Ros-Lehtinen Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Modernize Discriminatory HIV/AIDS Laws
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Malawi holds HIV Law Retreat
22-26 April 2013, Malawi - Malawi held an HIV Law Retreat, convened by the Department of Nutrition, HIV & AIDSRead more.
The Government of Mozambique submits amended HIV law to Parliament
24 April 2013, Mozambique - The Government of Mozambique submitted an amended HIV Law to Parliament for consideration which removedRead more.
Congresswoman Lee Issues Statement on Supreme Court Case USAID v. AOSI
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Pacific Consultation on Legal and Policy Barriers to Accessing HIV Services for PLHIV and Key Affected Populations
Government, CSOs and community representatives from Fiji, Kiribati, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tuvalu and Vanuatu met in FijiRead more.
Seychelles completes its National Legal Environment Assessment
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UNDP scales up focus on human rights and coordination in AIDS, TB and Malaria responses
New York — The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria recently launched a New Funding Model aimed at increasing strategic investments, achieving greaterRead more.
National Policy Dialogue on Human Rights, HIV and Law in Ghana
3-4 April 2013, Accra, Ghana - The National Policy Dialogue on Human Rights, HIV and Law in Ghana was convenedRead more.
United Kingdom: House of Lords debates held on the impact of discriminatory laws on HIV responses in developing countries &
On 6 December 2012, UNDP in partnership with the International HIV/AIDS Alliance and the United Kingdom All Party Parliamentary GroupRead more.
First meeting of the Africa Forum held to follow up on the recommendations of the Global Commission on HIV and
12 March 2013, Johannesburg - The first meeting of the Africa Forum to follow up on the recommendations of theRead more.
An Ugly Truth in the War on Drugs
By Fernando Henrique Cardoso and Ruth Dreifuss This week, representatives from many nations will gather at the annual meeting of theRead more.
Helen Clark: UN must not backtrack on women’s reproductive rights
Helen Clark: UN must not backtrack on women’s reproductive rights Published on Thursday, 07 March 2013 02:04 Head of UNRead more.
Orientation and Planning Workshop
27-28 February 2013, Johannesburg - An orientation and Planning Workshop organised in Johannesburg to orient the UNDP Country Office FocalRead more.
UNAIDS and UNDP back proposal to allow least-developed countries to maintain and scale up access to essential medicines
Press release Failure to extend the transition period for least-developed countries to become fully compliant with the TRIPS Agreement couldRead more.
JVR Prasada Rao: Separating consent from exploitation
JVR Prasada Rao: Separating consent from exploitation Published on Sunday, 24 February 2013 08:56 JVR Prasada Rao February 24, 2013Read more.
Congresswoman Barbara Lee and Senator Frank R. Lautenberg Introduce Bill to Expand Comprehensive Sex Education
Today, Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA) and Senator Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ) introduced the Real Education for Healthy Youth Act ofRead more.
Congresswoman Barbara Lee Commends President’s Advisory Council on AIDS (PACHA) Resolution on Ending Federal and State HIV-Specific Criminal Laws, Prosecutions,
Washington, D.C.—In response to the announcement that the President’s Advisory Council on AIDS (PACHA) Resolution on Ending Federal and StateRead more.
UN Commission on the Status of Women Accepts Statement on HIV Criminalization and Women
The 57th Session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women accepted for publication a Statement calling for theRead more.
UNDP and Global Fund sign US $ 16.7 million for South Asia HIV Programme
Bangkok - The United Nations Development Programme’s Asia-Pacific Regional Centre (APRC) has signed a US $16.7 million Grant Agreement withRead more.
Heads of Government of Commonwealth states adopt key HIV and the law recommendations
In a move significant to the global AIDS response and the implementation of the recommendations of the Global Commission onRead more.
Speech by the Hon Michael Kirby at the Workshop on Greek Justice, Legislation and HIV/AIDS, 11 December 2012
One of the most famous novelists in the English language was Charles Dickens. One of his greatest novels is aRead more.
United States National Dialogue on the Criminalization of HIV Transmission, Exposure & Non-disclosure: The Role of States & the Federal
At present 32 states and two territories within the United States have HIV-specific criminal laws in place. Convictions under theseRead more.
National Dialogue on HIV & the Law in Costa Rica, 29-30 November 2012
National Dialogue on HIV & the Law in Costa Rica, 29-30 November 2012 Published on Friday, 30 November 2012 03:24Read more.
Statement supporting the Government of Indonesia’s move to increase access to treatment
2 November 2012 - News reports have confirmed that the Government of Indonesia, with the signing of a Decree by PresidentRead more.
In the balance – HIV and the law
In the balance – HIV and the law Published on Monday, 12 November 2012 06:20 By Dr. Shereen El FekiRead more.
First national symposium on HIV, law and human rights in Kenya
UNDP Regional Service Centre for Eastern and Southern Africa organised a regional meeting in Johannesburg, South Africa (24-25 October 2012)Read more.
First national conference on HIV and the law held in Malawi
In October 2012, the first ever national conference on HIV and law was held. This was a multi-stakeholder forum toRead more.
New UN report takes a stark look at links between sex work, HIV and the law in Asia and the
18 October 2012, Bangkok - Nearly all countries of Asia and the Pacific criminalize some aspects of sex work. Criminalization increasesRead more.
Cebu leads the way in the Philippines in prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity and health
On 17 October 2012, Cebu, a city in the southern part of the Philippines, set a historic precedence in theRead more.
Joint partnership means 10,000 police will receive HIV stigma prevention education in Thailand
Joint partnership means 10,000 police will receive HIV stigma prevention education in Thailand Published on Monday, 17 September 2012 09:50Read more.
President of Indonesia signs decree for use of HIV/AIDS and hepatitis drugs
On 3 September 2012, the government of Indonesia took an important step to expand access to medicines and help saveRead more.
Video: CCTV interview with JVR Prasada Rao
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A Legal Remedy?
How good laws help, and bad laws hamper, the global response to HIV. 24 July 2012 - I was sittingRead more.
Bad Laws Hamper Global AIDS Fight
11 July 2012 - Laws should make things better. Sadly, as we stand at the precipice of finally ending AIDS,Read more.
XIX IAC 2012, Symposia Session – The Global Commission on HIV and the Law: A Movement for HIV Law Reform
24 July 2012 - Thirty years since the discovery of HIV, we know more than ever about the approaches, toolsRead more.
Republic of Moldova the first to implement the Commission’s recommendations
13 July 2012, a few days after the launch of the Global Commission’s Report 'HIV and the Law: Risks, RightsRead more.
Press Release: HIV and the Law: Risks, Rights and Health
NEW YORK, 9 July 2012 - Punitive laws and human rights abuses are costing lives, wasting money and stifling theRead more.
Media Advisory: High-level commission to unveil report on how bad laws are stifling the global AIDS response & how good
Media Advisory: High-level commission to unveil report on how bad laws are stifling the global AIDS response & how goodRead more.
Republic of Moldova lifts travel restrictions for people living with HIV, strengthens protections against discrimination
GENEVA, 22 June 2012—The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) applauds the legislative reforms by the Republic of MoldovaRead more.
TEDTalk by Shereen El-Feki, vice-chair of the Global Commission on HIV and the Law
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Launch of Regional Dialogue Resources!
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National Dialogue on HIV and the Law in El Salvador, 12-13 June 2012
The National Dialogue on HIV and the Law in El Salvador was held on 12-13 June 2012 with the participationRead more.
After the Regional Dialogues on HIV and the Law [English & Spanish]
The Regional Dialogue on HIV and the Law that was organized in Sao Paulo in 2011 generated genuine interest amongRead more.
Brief overview of the National Dialogue on HIV and the Law in Panama, 5-6 December 2011
A National Dialogue on HIV and the Law was held on 5-6 December 2011, in Panama City, Panama. The nationalRead more.
South Asian Legal Fraternity and Communities gather to discuss Human Rights Challenges Faced by Key Populations at Higher Risk of
Across the region, people living with HIV and populations at higher risk of exposure to HIV including men who haveRead more.
Brief overview of the National Dialogue on Human Rights, HIV and the Law in Belize, 12-13 October, 2011
The National Dialogue on Human Rights, HIV and the Law in Belize was organized and led by a national umbrellaRead more.
Satellite Session on HIV and the Law – High Level Forum to address HIV in Eastern Europe & Central Asia,
A satellite session on HIV and the Law took place in Moscow, Russia, on 11 October 2011, during the HighRead more.