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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

US: Iowa’s criminal HIV transmission law placed under the microscope

July 4, 2009

A series of articles published this week in the Iowa Independent, have scrutinised Iowa’s poorly-written, erroneously named ‘criminal transmission of the human immunodeficiency virus’ law (transmission is not required to be found guilty) following the May sentencing of 34 year-old … More

Canada: MPs, activists rally against criminalisation outside Parliament; Edwin Cameron gives lecture tonight

June 12, 2009

Canadian MPs Libby Davies, Bill Siksay and Hedy Fry joined with activists, people living with HIV, and supporters on Ottawa’s Parliament Hill on Wednesday, to protest Canada’s criminalisation of people with HIV due to its discriminatory HIV disclosure laws. The … More

Norway: HIV advocates call for repeal of HIV criminalisation law

January 23, 2009

A group of Norweigian advocates known as HIV Manifesto are calling for the Norwegian government to repeal Section 155 of the Norwegian penal code, a 1902 infectious disease law that has only ever been used to criminalise HIV transmission. The … More

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