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  • New UN guidelines to mainstream human rights in the global drugs debate

    In early March, the Chief Executives Board of the United Nations, representing 31 UN agencies – including the World Health Organisation, UNICEF, the High Commissioner for Human Rights and the UN Office on Drugs and Crime – adopted a common position on drug policy. Among the actions agreed is was a commitment to “support the development and implementation of policies that put people, health and human rights at the centre … and to promote a rebalancing of drug policies and interventions towards public health approaches”.

    19 March 2019 | The Conversation
  • India’s first LGBTQ clinic and HIV treatment centre inaugurated in Mumbai

    Based out of the Humsafar Trust’s office jn Mumbai, the centre will give free counselling and provide Anti-Retroviral Therapy (ART) to the LGBTQ community. TAshok Row Kavi, founder chairperson of the Trust, said: “Until now we would get testing done for the community members at our centre. If tested positive for the disease, they would be asked to go to Sion Hospital, but there was a huge dropout (rate) there. Because of how the community is perceived outside, a lot of these people wouldn’t seek treatment."

    12 March 2019 | Hindustan Times
  • UNAIDS urges action to change discriminatory laws in order to restore dignity and respect and save lives

    On Zero Discrimination Day, UNAIDS calls on countries to examine discriminatory provisions in their laws and policies and make positive changes to ensure equality, inclusion and protection

    01 March 2019 | UNAIDS press release
  • Angola Decriminalizes Same-Sex Conduct

    Angola has finally shed the divisive “vices against nature” provision in its law, widely interpreted to be a ban on homosexual conduct.

    25 January 2019 | Human Rights Watch LGBT
  • Vigilante Raid on Indonesian HIV Group

    This week a militant Islamist group in Indonesia raided the offices of an HIV prevention organization on suspicion that the group had been conducting “LGBT activities.” The Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) was joined by Indonesian soldiers and local residents in an incident that follows a disturbing pattern of similar vigilante raids across Indonesia. 

    18 January 2019 | Human Rights Watch LGBT
  • William Barr, Trump’s Attorney General Nominee, Held Immigrants in ‘HIV Prison Camp’

    Under Attorney General William Barr, 310 Haitian immigrants became prisoners of the world’s first detention camp for refugees with HIV. Now, a key Democratic senator wants answers.

    17 January 2019 | Daily Beast
  • HIV 2020 - Community Reclaiming the Global Response

    An alliance of global key population-led networks, networks of people living with HIV, treatment activists, and our supporters, has formed to organize an alternative international community-led event. Titled, HIV2020: Community Reclaiming the Global Response, the event is scheduled to take place in Mexico City, July 6-8, 2020, and will run concurrently with the first half of the international AIDS conference. The HIV2020 alliance has decided to organize the community-led event to provide a safe alternative for individuals who cannot or will not enter the U.S. in 2020 or who cannot afford to attend AIDS2020. It will also offer new opportunities to reaffirm the leading role communities play in the global HIV response.

    10 December 2018 | HIV2020.org
  • Russian HIV Prevention Group Closes After Fine Under 'Foreign-Agent' Law

    A Russian nongovernmental organization focused on preventing the spread of the HIV virus that causes AIDS says it has closed its office in the Siberian region of Altai Krai because it has not been able to raise funds to pay a fine for refusing to register in Russia as a “foreign agent.”

    05 December 2018 | RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty
  • Attorney General of Canada to issue Directive Regarding Prosecutions of HIV Non-Disclosure Cases

    The Directive to be issued by the Attorney General of Canada will reflect the most recent scientific evidence related to the risks of sexual transmission of HIV, as reviewed by the Public Health Agency of Canada, as well as the applicable criminal law as clarified by the Supreme Court of Canada. The Directive will state that, in HIV non-disclosure cases, the Director shall not prosecute where the person living with HIV has maintained a suppressed viral load (i.e. under 200 copies of the virus per millilitre of blood) because there is no realistic possibility of transmission.

    03 December 2018 | Government of Canada
  • Stigma means Russia risks HIV epidemic as cases rise

    Stigma around homosexuality and drug use means Russia and some former Soviet Union countries risk developing out-of-control HIV epidemics, experts have said, after data showed a record number of new cases last year.

    29 November 2018 | The Guardian
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