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  • Michael Gove to proceed with Tories' plans to scrap human rights act

    Newly appointed justice secretary to follow through with pledge which would remove European court of human rights’ leverage over UK’s supreme court

    11 May 2015 | The Guardian
  • Methadone Quixote: The Battle for Harm Reduction in Russia

    Methadone substitution therapy has been approved by the United Nations and widely used to treat drug addiction in many countries worldwide. In Russia, however, it remains illegal. In response to applications filed with the European Court of Human Rights by three Russian drug users alleging that the ban on methadone therapy in Russia amounts to torture and ill-treatment, Russia is trying to suppress the “methadone” applications to the ECtHR at the domestic as well as international level by mounting its pressure on the three applicants.

    07 May 2015 | Talkingdrugs.org
  • European Court of Justice justifies some bans on donated gay blood

    Lifetime bans on gay men donating blood may be justified as long as authorities have no access to “less onerous” methods of keeping blood supplies free from sexual infections, according to a ruling from the EU’s highest court.

    01 May 2015 | Financial Times
  • HIV and the general election - what we should be talking about

    The National AIDS Trust and HIV Scotland have joined together to identify the key priorities for the new Parliament which will reduce HIV transmission and improve the lives of people living with HIV across the UK.

    15 April 2015 | NAT press release
  • Thai junta may pass law banning men who have sex with men from monkhood

    The junta cabinet in Thailand has approved a bill on religion which can be used to prosecute, with jail terms, people who propagate ‘incorrect’ versions of Buddhist doctrines or cause harm to Buddhism. The bill also posts jail terms specifically for homosexual monks.

    11 March 2015 | Prachatai. org
  • Emirati man with HIV held for more than a decade at health facility

    An Emirati man with HIV has been waiting 16 years to be released from a government clinic because his family won’t give their consent. The centre stipulates that a family member must consent to Mr Al Mazrouei’s release.

    04 March 2015 | The National
  • Taiwan drops ban on HIV-positive entrants

    Foreigners with HIV are no longer banned from entering, staying or residing in the nation, after amendments to the HIV Infection Control and Patient Rights Protection Act were passed yesterday by the legislature. The amendments include the removal of Article 18, which stipulated that people of foreign nationalities were subject to a request for a recent HIV test report if they wished to remain in the nation for more than three months and could be deported or have their visas and permits annulled if the test result was positive.

    21 January 2015 | Taipei Times
  • US: Consumer Group Sues Aetna, Claiming Discrimination Against HIV Patients

    A consumer group has sued the health insurer Aetna, claiming that it discriminated against patients with H.I.V. when it required them to obtain medications exclusively through its own mail-order pharmacy.

    26 December 2014 | New York Times
  • Four Laws That Are Devastating Public Health in Uganda

    In the past year Uganda has passed four laws which defy public health principles and show blatant disregard for dignity and human rights. These laws target individuals who are already marginalized by society and most in need of health services and support: people who sell sex to make ends meet for their families; LGBTI people living in fear of community violence; people hiding their HIV medication from their own families; and people struggling to manage drug dependence and other illnesses. Perhaps most harmful of all, parts of Ugandan society are interpreting these laws to justify violence and exclusion.

    17 December 2014 | Open Society Foundation
  • Yemen: HIV Patients Denied Health Care

    Human Rights Watch spoke to seven HIV-positive individuals in Yemen who said that they had been repeatedly refused treatment once medical staff found out their HIV status. Six health workers told Human Rights Watch they believed such discrimination was common in state-run healthcare facilities.

    04 November 2014 | Human Rights Watch
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