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Germany: Female sex worker with HIV found guilty again of perceived ‘HIV exposure’ locked up for at least nine years under ‘preventive detention’ law [Updated]

October 16, 2014

The District Court of Oldenburg has sent a 30-year-old female sex worker to prison for at least nine years under Germany’s ‘preventive detention’ law, because she has shown a pattern of not disclosing to clients that she was living with … More

France: Controversy over ‘intentional’ exposure and transmission conviction for man previously imprisoned for ‘reckless’ HIV transmission

October 3, 2014

Yesterday, the Assize Court of Bouches-du-Rhône in the south of France sentenced  Christophe Morat, aged 40, to twelve years’ imprisonment, after having found him guilty of “administering a harmful substance with intent to cause permanent disability or mental impairment”. There … More

Sweden: Supreme Court refuses to rule on treatment’s impact on HIV risk even as a second Court of Appeal judgement recognises latest science

September 25, 2014

Last week, Sweden’s Supreme Court announced that it would not grant leave to appeal in a case where the prosecution had appealed an acquittal from Court of Appeal regarding a man living with HIV, on successful antiretroviral therapy, who had … More

Uganda: Civil society coalition condemns President Museveni for signing HIV Prevention and Control Bill into law

August 20, 2014

[Press Statement from the Coalition for HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control Act] Civil society organisations reacted harshly today to the assent by President Museveni on July 31 2014 to Uganda’s controversial HIV Bill, the HIV Prevention and Control Act of 2014, … More

US: Lambda Legal calls for halt to HIV-based criminal prosecutions in wake of Department of Justice guidance

July 17, 2014

[Press release from Lambda Legal] “We call upon those charged with enforcing such laws—from governors to prosecutors to police detectives—to halt the criminal prosecution and resulting persecution of any individual based on HIV status.” (Washington, D.C. Thursday, July 17, 2014) … More

US: Department of Justice releases guidance to eliminate or reform HIV criminalisation laws

July 16, 2014

[Press release from the US Department of Justice] JUSTICE DEPARTMENT RELEASES BEST PRACTICES GUIDE TO REFORM HIV-SPECIFIC CRIMINAL LAWS TO ALIGN WITH SCIENTIFICALLY-SUPPORTED FACTORS WASHINGTON – The Justice Department announced today that it has released a Best Practices Guide to … More

Outrage HIV Justice Film Festival debuts at AIDS 2014 in Melbourne, first ever film festival to focus on HIV criminalisation

June 30, 2014

In the lead-up to AIDS 2014, ten powerful thought-provoking films from seven countries over three days (18, 19 and 21 July 2014) will outrage Melbourne film-goers by exploring how laws and policies aimed at controlling, punishing or disempowering specific groups … More

UK: Study of people with HIV in Manchester finds legal literacy lacking on criminal prosecutions

June 17, 2014

People living with HIV in Manchester appear to have little understanding of their rights and responsibilities under English law to avoid prosecution for ‘reckless’ HIV transmission, according to a study presented to the British HIV Association Conference in Liverpool earlier … More

US: Iowa Court of Appeal rejects ‘theoretical’ HIV risk, reverses ‘HIV exposure’ conviction

June 16, 2014

Last Friday, June 13, the Iowa Supreme Court set aside the ‘HIV exposure’ conviction of Nick Rhoades, who was initially sentenced to 25 years in prison, with required registration as a sex offender, after having a one-time sexual encounter with … More

Australia: Campaign against Victoria’s HIV-specific criminal law launched to tie in with Melbourne Declaration for AIDS 2014

May 19, 2014

Living Positive Victoria, the organisation representing people living with HIV in the Australian state of Victoria, has launched a campaign for community and cross-party political support to reform the state’s HIV-specific criminal law, the only such law in Australia. Section … More

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