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Bringing Science to Justice: End HIV Criminalisation Now

July 25, 2018

News Release Networks of people living with HIV and human rights and legal organisations worldwide welcome the Expert Consensus Statement on the Science of HIV in the Context of Criminal Law Amsterdam, July 25, 2018 — Today, 20 of the … More

FOCUS ON EECA: Is Belarus the worst country in the world for HIV criminalisation?

July 17, 2018

Photo: Representatives of People PLUS at the Gomel Regional Court Our EECA hub, the Eurasian Women’s Network on AIDS (EWNA), part of the GNP+ family, found that between January 2015 and June 2017, 128 criminal cases had been prosecuted under … More

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

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

Brazil: Activists celebrate as ‘deliberate HIV transmission’ law amendment is withdrawn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Yesterday, news broke that populist Congressman, Pompeo de Mattos, has withdrawn an amendment originally proposed in 2015 to make ‘deliberate’ HIV transmission a ‘heinous crime’.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: 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

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

Czech Republic: Police drop charges against all 30 gay men living with HIV following Prague Public Health Authority ‘witch hunt’

November 17, 2016

All criminal charges have been dropped against the 30 gay men living with HIV who were reported to the police by the Prague Public Health Authority earlier this year after they were diagnosed with an STI, Czech media report today. … More

Beyond Blame @ AIDS 2016 Communique

July 18, 2016

DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA, 17 JULY 2016 We cannot end the HIV pandemic without ending the epidemic of criminalisation of people living with HIV. As activists, advocates, lawyers, and researchers engaged in the fight against HIV criminalisation, we are acutely aware … More

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