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EATG seeks to ensure that Europe-wide standards of up-to-date scientific evidence limit overly broad HIV criminalisation

October 28, 2013

EATG’s new position paper on prosecutions for HIV non-disclosure, exposure and/or transmission published last week recommends that the criminal law should only be used in extremely rare and unusual cases where HIV is maliciously and intentionally transmitted and that Europe-wide … More

Experts agree: overly broad HIV criminalisation is doing more harm than good

September 10, 2013

The HIV Justice Network has today released a new documentary, More HARM Than GOOD: How overly broad HIV criminalisation is hurting public health which had its world premiere at the US Conference on AIDS in New Orleans on September 10th. … More

Feature: Why overly broad HIV criminalisation is doing more harm than good

September 10, 2013

In many countries around the world, people with HIV are being made criminally liable for HIV prevention. Despite strong recommendations against this overly broad use of the criminal law by UNAIDS and the Global Commission on HIV and the Law, … More

Interview with Iowa’s Tami Haught on building a broad law reform coalition

May 23, 2013

Meet Tami Haught: Iowa’s Anti-Criminalization Advocate  Tami Haught explains how, with the support of CHAIN (the Community HIV/Hepatitis Advocates of Iowa Network) and hundreds of Iowans living with HIV, she helped build a broad coalition to reform Iowa’s HIV criminalization … More

US: President’s AIDS council calls on feds to help states repeal HIV criminalisation laws

February 12, 2013

Advisory group says these statutes are ‘unjust’ and fuel the epidemic BY TODD HEYWOOD, AMERICAN INDEPENDENT   The Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA) passed a resolution last week that calls for an end to federal and state HIV-specific criminal … More

A Spectacle of Stigma: A First-hand Account of a Canadian Criminal HIV Exposure Trial, by Carl W. Rush

January 25, 2013

Carl W Rush’s powerful essay on the trial of Noel Bowland and Steven Boone who were found guilty on two counts each of aggravated sexual assault in December 2012 for allegedly not disclosing that they were HIV-positive before having a … More

Norway: National Association of People Living with HIV responds to Norwegian Law Commission report

January 23, 2013

Yesterday was the deadline for written responses to the Norwegian Law Commission report which shocked and disappointed HIV and human rights advocates in Norway and around the world on its release last October. After spending almost two years examining every … More

Botswana: Proposed Public Health Bill goes against HIV programming best practice

December 11, 2012

Guest blog by Christine Stegling, Associate Director, Best Practice, and Senior Human Rights Adviser, International HIV/AIDS Alliance. Reposted with permission from the International HIV/AIDS Alliance. Late last week, and by all accounts with no previous public debate or discussion with … More

US: Anti-criminalisation advocacy goes mainstream for World AIDS Day

December 5, 2012

World AIDS Day saw unprecedented media attention on advocacy against HIV criminalisation in the United States. Following on from the flurry of media interest stemming from advocacy at the International AIDS Conference held in Washington DC this summer, including a … More

Norway: Dissenting Law Commission member, Kim Fangen, ‘stands alone’

October 25, 2012

Last week’s publication of the Norwegian Law Commission’s disappointing report was “a crucial moment for us in Norway – actually for all HIV activists in the Nordic countries,” says Kim Fangen, the only member of the Commission to vote against … More

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