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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

Uganda: Latest version of HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control Act introduced, HRW analysis

May 20, 2010

Yesterday, Beatrice Rwakimari, Chairperson of the Committee on HIV/AIDS and Related Matters introduced the latest version of the 2010 HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control Act to the Ugandan parliament. According to a press release from Human Rights Watch (HRW) issued yesterday: … More

Uganda: Minister’s turnaround on HIV bill raises concern (PLUSNews)

May 13, 2010

KAMPALA, 11 May 2010 (PlusNews) – Ugandan AIDS activists have expressed concern over a decision by the Ministry of Health to back an HIV/AIDS bill that would criminalize the deliberate transmission of HIV. Last week, State Minister for Health in … More

East Africa: Move Towards Common HIV/AIDS Law (IPS)

December 5, 2009

Another excellent piece from the Inter Press Service News Agency, whose mission is to give voices to the voiceless. EAST AFRICA: Move Towards Common HIV/AIDS Law by Wambi Michael ARUSHA, Dec 4 (IPS) – All HIV-positive east Africans could soon … More

Uganda: ‘Human rights will suffer’ under new HIV/AIDS law (update)

December 3, 2009

Update: December 3rd The United Nations Special Envoy on AIDS in Africa, Elizabeth Mataka – and NGOs that include the Uganda Network on Law, Ethics and HIV/Aids (Uganet) and ActionAID – have added to the many voices urging Uganda to … More

Global: Human Rights Watch – Punitive Laws Threaten HIV Progress

November 26, 2009

Human Rights Watch today issued a press release to tie in with World AIDS Day – the theme of which is “universal access and human rights” – which highlights that punitive laws, including those that criminalise HIV transmission, threaten progress … More

Editorial: Burden of HIV disclosure falls on Uganda’s women

July 6, 2009

An article in today’s Toronto Star highlights the heavy burden that HIV-positive women will carry under Uganda’s proposed HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control Law. In the article, children’s rights activists, Marc and Craig Kielburger, note that many HIV-positive women in Uganda … More

Uganda: Article examines why HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control Bill is flawed

April 16, 2009

An excellent article from Andrew Bahemuka, policy advocacy officer of the Uganda Women’s Network, summarises all of the arguments against HIV-specific criminal HIV transmission legislation, published today in New Vision. Criminalising HIV/AIDS: Not a win-win situation Publication date: Wednesday, 15th … More

Uganda: Bill to force spouses to reveal HIV status

December 12, 2008

Uganda’s proposed HIV and AIDS Prevention and Control Bill is analysed in this report from the Daily Monitor. President Museveni has previously said that he supports the death penalty for criminal HIV transmission.   Bill to force spouses to reveal HIV … More

Africa: PlusNews publishes in-depth analysis of criminalisation throughout the continent

December 9, 2008

PlusNews, the global online HIV and AIDS news service of the United Nations Integrated Regional Information Networks (IRIN), has published an excellent in-depth analysis of criminalisation in Africa. A collection of short articles focusing on various aspects of criminalisation in … More

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