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  • 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
  • Uganda's Museveni wants to water down anti-gay law : lawmaker

    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
  • Corporate leaders must stand up for LGBT rights in Africa

    AVAC and partners are putting public pressure on US corporations who will be meeting with African leaders during the week of August 4th in Washington DC. We are working in coalition to develop a sign-on statement that will be published in media outlets and complemented by country-based advocacy in Africa, asking US corporations that have made public commitments to human rights, including rights for LGBT individuals, ask African governments to provide the same protections for their citizens

    07 August 2014 | AVAC
  • Ugandan Lawmakers in Campaign to Revive Gay Law

    Ugandan parliamentarians are launching a campaign to revive a recently invalidated anti-gay measure and hope to have it passed within weeks, a lawmaker said Wednesday.

    07 August 2014 | New York Times
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