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
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
The case was brought by three HIV-positive women who were subjected to sterilisation without their informed consent in public hospitals. The High Court found in favour of the women and held that the practice of coerced sterilisation violated the women’s legal rights.
04 November 2014 | Southern Africa Litigation Centre (press release)
Medical experts and HIV activists fear Uganda’s HIV and AIDS Prevention and Control Act is having the opposite effect and causing people to shy away from seeking treatment.
26 October 2014 | Key Correspondents
A prostitute convicted of exposing hundreds of men to HIV four years ago is charged with the same crime again. St. Louis County police received a tip that this HIV-positive woman was once again working as a prostitute.
07 October 2014 | Fox News
Christos explained that when it comes to HIV you have to remain silent. But is silence the answer? I asked. “In Greece, yes, it is the only answer. In another state, perhaps it’s not. The Greek state has to decide: does it want HIV positive individuals here or not?”
23 September 2014 | Vice
Certain key population groups are more vulnerable to HIV infection and have poorer access to services for testing, counselling, treatment and care. These include people who inject drugs, men who have sex with men, sex workers, migrants, prisoners and and transgender people. Thirteen of 28 European countries (46%) have reported that some of their laws, regulations or policies presented obstacles to effective HIV prevention, treatment and care, and support for key populations and other vulnerable subpopulations.
10 September 2014 | WHO
Two passengers with HIV are suing a budget Chinese airline for refusing to let them board a plane. Local media reports say the two men and a friend - who does not have HIV - were prevented from boarding a Spring Airlines plane at Shenyang airport.
18 August 2014 | BBC News
A bill seeking to have foreign gay people stoned to death in public in Kenya is now before the National Assembly through a petition by a political party. The draft bill has proposed that a foreigner who commits a homosexual act be stoned in public, while Kenyan nationals found guilty will be jailed for life.
14 August 2014 | AllAfrica
Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni wants to re-issue a divisive anti-gay law that was rejected by a court, but without tough penalties for consenting adults, a ruling party lawmaker said on Tuesday.
14 August 2014 | Reuters