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Ukraine: Revised HIV law may no longer mandate disclosure

November 11, 2010

A new version of Ukraine’s HIV-specific law, adopted by the Ukrainian Parliament in its first hearing on 21 October, promises several positive changes, including removal of the statute mandating disclosure of known HIV-positive status prior to any activity that may … More

US: Sean Strub blogs on why tackling criminalisation is crucial

November 9, 2010

POZ magazine founder, fellow anti-criminalisation advocate – and friend – Sean Strub, recently joined forces with the incredible Catherine Hanssens and her amazing team at the Centre for HIV Law & Policy to launch the Positive Justice Project. In his … More

US: Positive Justice Project launches, aims to remove HIV-specific laws

September 28, 2010

Press Release: HIV Advocacy Group Launches Positive Justice Project To Fight Stigma and Discrimination by Repealing HIV-specific Criminal Statutes The Positive Justice Project, a campaign of the Center for HIV Law and Policy, was launched this week to combat HIV-related … More

Global: HIV and the criminal law book now available; hear me speak in Ottawa and Toronto

September 17, 2010

The next few weeks sees my involvement in a flurry of anti-criminalisation advocacy in the United States and Canada, coinciding with the publication of the book version of the new international resource I produced for NAM and an article in … More

Canada: New report calls for prosecutorial guidelines to establish ‘significant risk’

August 24, 2010

A new report, launched at AIDS 2010 in Vienna last month, recommends that the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General establish a consultation process to inform the development of prosecution guidelines for cases involving allegations of non-disclosure of sexually transmitted … More

Global: UNAIDS/UNDP supports Swiss statement, announces new Global Commission on HIV and the Law

June 9, 2010

Following on from yesterday’s post about the report by the UN Special Rapporteur on the Human Right to Health, on the impact of criminalisation, UNAIDS and UNDP have issued a statement welcoming the report. (Click here for the pdf: full … More

US: CDC finally admits criminalisation is problematic

May 20, 2010

A campaign by the HIV Prevention Justice Alliance for the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to confront criminalisation in the United States is finally bearing fruit. The HIV Prevention Justice Alliance is network of organisations advocating for … More

Uganda: ‘Human rights will suffer’ under new HIV/AIDS law (update)

December 3, 2009

Update: December 3rd The United Nations Special Envoy on AIDS in Africa, Elizabeth Mataka – and NGOs that include the Uganda Network on Law, Ethics and HIV/Aids (Uganet) and ActionAID – have added to the many voices urging Uganda to … More

Canada: Video project highlights anger, frustration with criminalisation

November 11, 2009

A new video project by Canada-based filmmaker Orazio Caltagirone, AIDSphobia, is now available to watch on YouTube. Mixing speeches by Edwin Cameron with TV footage and other existing media, the video explores various issues surrounding the criminalisation of people living … More

Canada: ‘Enough, this is it, no more’ says advocate

September 25, 2009

Today, has an extraordinary interview with Bob Watkin, the outgoing Chair of the HIV and AIDS Legal Clinic of Ontario (HALCO), that illustrates just how oppressed and under seige some HIV-positive Canadians (particularly gay men knowledgable about the law) … More

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