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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

Apply now for the first European HIV Academy for Enabling Legal Environments, September 13-14, Berlin

July 12, 2017

A call for applications for the European HIV Academy for Enabling Legal Environments is now open. This two-day training academy for people living with and affected by HIV, is dedicated to skills building for addressing punitive or disabling legal environments. … More

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

Register now for ARASA’s Online HIV Criminalisation Course in June-July 2017

May 18, 2017

Next month, ARASA will host an short online course on HIV criminalisation for civil society, policymakers, religious leaders, healthcare providers and law enforcement officials. The course is free, takes place in English, willl last six weeks (5 June 2017 – 14 July … More

US: 2018 HIV Is Not a Crime National Training Academy to be held in Indianapolis, Indiana (Press Release)

May 15, 2017

SERO Project and Positive Women’s Network-USA Announce 2018 HIV Is Not a Crime National Training Academy in Indianapolis May 15, 2017: Building on the amazing success of the HIV Is Not a Crime II National Training Academy last year, the … More

US: Florida State Senate Committee Supports Public Health Measure To Modernize HIV Laws (Press Release)

March 22, 2017

Press release from the Sero Project Tallahassee March 22, 2017 The Florida HIV Justice Coalition today applauded members of the Florida State Senate’s Criminal Justice Committee for voting unanimously yesterday in favor of Senate Bill 628. SB 628 will modernize … 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

Russia: Government to examine possibility of removing HIV-specific criminal law and broadening prosecutions to all serious communicable diseases under general ‘bodily harm’ laws

February 28, 2017

The Russian government is considering removing Article 122 (Infection with Human Immuno-deficiency Virus) from the Criminal Code, according to an article published earlier this month on the RBC website. Deputy Prime Minister Olga Golodets has instructed a number of ministries … More

US: HIV Court Nightmare Ends For Olympian Darren Chiacchia (Press Release)

February 20, 2017

Photo by Bob Carey HIV Court Nightmare Ends For Olympian Darren Chiacchia, Ocala, FL – 2/19/17 2004 Olympic medalist, 2003 Pan American Games gold medalist, and 2004 Rolex Kentucky CCI**** victor, Darren Chiacchia of Ocala, FL and Springville, NY, has … More

Canada: Toronto’s ‘Now’ weekly newspaper prominently features HIV criminalisation impact, advocacy and advocates

January 13, 2017

This week, Toronto’s weekly newspaper, ‘Now’, features four articles on HIV criminalisation and its impact in Canada. The lead article, ‘HIV is not a crime’ is written from the point of view of an HIV-negative person who discovers a sexual … More

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