On 17 July 2016, approximately 150 advocates, activists, researchers, and community leaders met in Durban, South Africa, for Beyond Blame: Challenging HIV Criminalisation – a full-day pre-conference meeting preceding the 21st International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2016) to discuss progress on the global effort to combat the unjust use of the criminal law against people living with HIV.
Attendees at the convening hailed from at least 36 countries on six continents (Africa, Asia, Europe, North America, Oceania, and South America).
Beyond Blame was convened by HIV JUSTICE WORLDWIDE – comprising ARASA, Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network, GNP+, HIV Justice Network, ICW, Sero and PWN-USA – with local partner AIDS Legal Network, and in collaboration with UNAIDS.
The 30 minute video above was written and produced by Edwin J Bernard and filmed, edited and directed by Nicholas Feustel, for HIV Justice Network on behalf of HIV JUSTICE WORLDWIDE.
The 43 page report, which can be downloaded here, was written by Olivia G Ford with thanks to Julian Hows, Cécile Kazatchkine, Patrick Eba, and Waheedah Shabazz-El.
The meeting, video and accompaning report was supported by a grant from the Robert Carr civil society Networks Fund to the HIV Justice Global Consortium.