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Canada: In Nova Scotia, glimmers of hope for science in the prosecution of HIV non-disclosure

June 29, 2016

Analysis by our HIV JUSTICE WORLDWIDE partner, the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network. Despite very few prosecutions, Nova Scotia has become an interesting place in Canada with respect to the criminalisation of HIV non-disclosure. In April 2016, a trial judge from … More

Advocates fighting to end HIV criminalisation reach a global TV/web audience on The Stream

June 28, 2016

Last night, HIV criminalisation advocacy reached a global audience on both TV and the internet with The Stream, on Al Jazeera English. During the 30 minute programme, HIV criminalisation survivor, and Sero advisory board member, Ken Pinkela appeared with co-hosts … More

US: Second HIV is not a crime training academy creates an important intersectional shift in the US anti-HIV criminalisation movement

June 27, 2016

The second HIV Is Not a Crime Training Academy, which took place in May at the University of Alabama, Huntsville, brought together more than 300 advocates from 34 US states, as well delegations from Canada and Mexico. Organised jointly by … More

Australia: Zaburoni v Queen legal analysis

June 26, 2016

This analysis is by David Buchanan SC, Barrister at Forbes Chambers, Sydney. It was originally published in LGBT Law Notes and is republished here with his permission. In a case that should reduce the extent of overcharging in HIV criminal … More

New report shows HIV criminalisation is a growing, global concern but advocates are fighting back

May 10, 2016

A new report released today shows that HIV criminalisation is a growing, global phenomenon. However, advocates around the world are working hard to ensure that the criminal law’s approach to people living with HIV fits with up-to-date science, as well … More

Justice Edwin Cameron: ‘Why HIV criminalisation is bad policy and why I’m proud that advocacy against it is being led by people living with HIV’

May 9, 2016

[This is the foreword to Advancing HIV Justice 2: Buiding momentum in global advocacy against HIV criminalisation, which will be published by the HIV Justice Network and GNP+ tomorrow, Tuesday May 10th.]   Since the beginning of the HIV epidemic, … More

Germany: Legal expert Jacob Hösl on the significance of recent Court rulings on HIV criminalisation

April 22, 2016

Prosecutions for potential or perceived HIV exposure and transmission in Germany primarily take place under Section 224 of the German Penal Code – attempted or actual grievious bodily harm – following a Federal Supreme Court decision in 1988 that condomless … More

Australia: Queensland people living with HIV organisation, QPP, issues position statement on HIV criminalisation (press release)

April 7, 2016

Queensland Positive People (QPP) is a peer-based advocacy organisation which is committed to actively promoting self-determination and empowerment for all people living with HIV (PLHIV) throughout Queensland. Below is their press release issued on 6 April 2016 in the light … More

France: National Aids Council President, Patrick Yeni, on why HIV criminalisation remains a problem for France

April 4, 2016

A year ago, in April 2015, the French National AIDS and Viral Hepatitis Council (Conseil national du sida et des hépatites virales, known simply as ‘CNS’) following extensive research into the law, nature of complaints and prosecutions, and their impact, … More

US: Missouri Supreme Court upholds overly broad HIV non-disclosure law following second constitutional challenge

March 16, 2016

The Missouri Supreme Court has upheld the conviction of a woman (known as ‘S.F.’) who did not tell her sexual partner that she was living with HIV before engaging in sex. At her original trial she was found guilty of … More

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