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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.

Published
11 March 2015
From
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.

Published
04 March 2015
From
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.

Published
21 January 2015
From
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.

Published
26 December 2014
From
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.

Published
17 December 2014
From
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.

Published
04 November 2014
From
Human Rights Watch
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.

Published
04 November 2014
From
Southern Africa Litigation Centre (press release)
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.

Published
26 October 2014
From
Key Correspondents
Prostitute charged with not disclosing HIV status, again

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.

Published
07 October 2014
From
Fox News
The Greek Military Is Laying Off HIV-Positive Soldiers

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?”

Published
23 September 2014
From
Vice
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