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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
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.

Published
10 September 2014
From
WHO
Passengers with HIV sue China's Spring Airlines

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.

Published
18 August 2014
From
BBC News
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.

Published
14 August 2014
From
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.

Published
14 August 2014
From
Reuters
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