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Mexico: Supreme Court finds Veracruz law criminalising ‘wilful transmission’ of HIV and STIs to be unconstitutional

May 1, 2018

Following a Constitutional challenge initiated in February 2016 by the Multisectoral Group on HIV / AIDS and STIs of Veracruz and the National Commission on Human Rights, and supported by HIV JUSTICE WORLDWIDE, Mexico’s Supreme Court of Justice yesterday found … More

New Toolkit Supports Advocates in Using Media to Fight for HIV Justice

March 14, 2018

When it comes to the widely misunderstood, complex issue of HIV criminalisation, media can be a powerful tool–or a blunt-force weapon. And so today, as people around the world living with HIV continue to be criminalised and convicted at alarming … More

Important new resource, SALC’s HIV Criminalisation Defence Case Compendium, published this week

February 15, 2018

An important new resource for lawyers defending clients and working on strategic litigation was published by the Southern Africa Litigation Centre (SALC) this week. SALC is one of the newest members of HIV JUSTICE WORLDWIDE Steering Committee. The HIV Criminalisation … More

US: SERO Project and Positive Women’s Network-USA Announce 2018 HIV Is Not a Crime National Training Academy Registration is Open (Press Release)

February 6, 2018

SERO Project and Positive Women’s Network-USA Announce 2018 HIV Is Not a Crime National Training Academy Registration is Open February 5, 2018: SERO Project and Positive Women’s Network – USA are excited to announce that registration is now open for … More

Malawi: Human Rights Activists celebrate adoption of amended HIV Law that removes rights-infringing provisions (Press Release)

November 28, 2017

PRESS RELEASE 28 November 2017 HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVISTS CELEBRATE MALAWI’S ADOPTION OF AMENDED HIV LAW THAT REMOVES RIGHTS-INFRINGING PROVISIONS Lilongwe – On Tuesday, 28 November, Malawi Members of Parliament voted to reject coercive and criminalising provisions that threatened human rights … More

Mexico: First Spanish language ‘HIV is Not A Crime’ meeting leads to new Network and impressive early results

November 22, 2017

In October 2017 the first Spanish-language ‘HIV Is Not A Crime’ meeting took place in Mexico City, supported by the HIV JUSTICE WORLDWIDE coalition. The two-day meeting brought together people living with HIV, activists, lawyers, human rights defenders, and academics … More

HIV JUSTICE Toolkit to support advocacy against HIV criminalisation now online

October 5, 2017

HIV JUSTICE WORLDWIDE today announced the launch of the HIV Justice Toolkit, which aims to support advocates to oppose HIV criminalisation at all levels – from educating communities and lawmakers to defending individual cases. Curated by Sally Cameron, Senior Policy … More

Brazil: Activists celebrate as ‘deliberate HIV transmission’ law amendment is withdrawn

September 1, 2017

Yesterday, news broke that populist Congressman, Pompeo de Mattos, has withdrawn an amendment originally proposed in 2015 to make ‘deliberate’ HIV transmission a ‘heinous crime’. The amendment, Bill No. 198, 2015, would have added to the list of heinous crimes … More

US: Center for HIV Law and Policy releases updated ‘HIV Criminalization Sourcebook’

August 30, 2017

Today, the Center for HIV Law and Policy (CHLP) has released a third, updated version of their ‘Ending and Defending Against HIV Criminalization: State and Federal Laws and Prosecutions’ series, first published in 2010. The renamed HIV Criminalization in the … More

US: Advocates launch Consensus Statement on HIV “Treatment as Prevention” in Criminal Law Reform

July 14, 2017

Yesterday saw the launch of a Consensus Statement on HIV “Treatment as Prevention” in Criminal Law Reform, to provide guidance for efforts to reform or “modernize” HIV-specific laws across the United States. The concern, as highlighted by Charles King, President … More

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