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  • Uganda Parliament committee tries again with bill that would criminalize HIV prevention services

    The latest draft of a bill targeting “unnatural sexual practices” from a Uganda Parliament committee seeking to replace the country’s nullified Anti-Homosexality Act would punish “anyone providing premises, distributing textual or visual material or any other means to interest a person in unnatural sexual practices . . .” with up to seven years in prison.

    11 November 2014 | Science Speaks
  • Nigeria: HIV Positive Persons Barricade NACA to Protest Living Conditions

    People living with HIV/AIDS, yesterday laid siege at the entrance of the National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA) Abuja, to protest what they described as their poor condition of living, which they said, has increased their mortality rate to 20,000 every month.

    04 November 2014 | AllAfrica
  • Namibia’s Highest Court Finds Government Forcibly Sterilised HIV-Positive Women

    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)
  • Russia: Lawmakers, medics urge compulsory treatment of tuberculosis

    Is it right to resort to compulsion to cure a sick person? Russian legislator Alexander Kravets is going to initiate a legal act which, if adopted, will empower medics to send tuberculosis patients who refuse to receive medical aid to hospitals for compulsory treatment without waiting for a court ruling. “On the excuse of human rights protection people infected with the tubercle bacillus are free to go wherever they want without any medical supervision,” says Kravets.

    31 October 2014 | TASS
  • Ugandan activists fear ‘nonsensical’ HIV law increases infection of children

    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
  • Linking violence against women with HIV and AIDS in Pakistan

    Global literature and research shows that the relationship between violence against women and HIV risk is undeniable, complex and involves multiple pathways. Violence against women places women at an increased risk of HIV both through direct risk of infection and through creating an environment in which women are unable to adequately protect themselves from HIV...This involves chronically abusive relationships where women are repeatedly exposed to the same perpetrator.

    26 October 2014 | Daily Ties, Pakistan
  • Fear causes media to self-censor on sexual minorities in Africa

    What is it about lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgender and intersex people that ties broadcasters’ tongues and melts journalists’ minds in articulating stories on these neglected communities? An obvious answer to this is the four-letter word: fear. Fears grip many journalists in Africa when it comes to the issue of covering these communities.

    14 October 2014 | Key Correspondents
  • Morocco's quiet revolution over AIDS and human rights

    Morocco's human rights landscape is evolving for a number of reasons, many of which could have a positive effect on the way the country responds to its HIV epidemic. The right to access health services, the right to respect for human dignity, the right to discretion and privacy: all are becoming normative in the traditionally conservative Kingdom, which was among the only countries in the region that did not experience any upheaval during the Arab Spring.

    02 October 2014 | Aidspan
  • HIV/AIDS epidemic in Europe: vulnerability - World Health Organization

    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
  • Kenya: New Bill Wants Gays Stoned in Public

    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
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