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Africa: Moving towards revolutionising approaches to HIV criminalisation

June 29, 2017

“We have all agreed with the Sustainable Development Goal of ending HIV and Tuberculosis by 2030. We cannot get there while we are arresting the same people we are supposed to ensure are accessing treatment and living positively,” said Dr … More

Nigeria: On Zero Discrimination Day, Coalition of Lawyers for Human Rights strongly denounce judicial HIV stigma in ongoing child custody case (Press release)

March 1, 2017

Breach of HIV status confidentiality and discrimination by the Hon Justice Olagunju of the Oyo State Judiciary  Federal Capital Territory, Abuja. March 1, 2017. Coalition of Lawyers for Human Rights, COLaHR, is a Coalition of Human Rights Lawyers working on … More

Nigeria: Senate passes law criminalising HIV non-disclosure, exposure and transmission with vague and overly broad statutes in the Sexual Offences Bill

June 4, 2015

Yesterday, Wednesday, June 3, the Sexual Offences Bill, sponsored by Senator Christiana Anyanwu, (pictured above) was passed by the Nigerian Senate. The new law contains a number of problematic provisions relating to “HIV or any other life threatening sexually transmitted … More

African HIV criminalisation achievements and challenges highlighted at ICASA 2013

December 11, 2013

The African continent has more countries with overly broad and vague HIV-specific laws relating to HIV non-disclosure, exposure and/or transmission than any other global region, nearly all of which have been enacted in the past decade. Although North America is … More

Nigeria: Advocates successfully argue for removal of HIV criminalisation clause from draft HIV and AIDS Anti-Discrimination Act

February 12, 2013

Advocates in Nigeria have successfullly argued to remove a clause criminalising the ‘willful or deliberate spead of HIV’ from the latest draft of the long-awaited HIV and AIDS Anti-Discrimination Act. Last week, the National Agency for the Control of AIDS … More

Nigeria: Oh the irony – “aggressive dissemination” of HIV-specific law both increases and punishes stigma

November 11, 2010

It was passed three years ago, but only now has the Lagos State AIDS Control Agency (LSACA), in collaboration with Enhancing Nigerian HIV Response (ENR) and the Lagos State Ministry of Justice begun “aggressive dissemination” of the Law for the … More

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