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Denmark: HIV criminalisation exports stigma, writes Justice Edwin Cameron

June 14, 2011

Denmark’s leading broadsheet newspaper, Politiken, last week published an article by Justice Edwin Cameron of the South African Constitutional Court congratulating Denmarks’ recent suspension of its HIV-specific criminal statute, and asking that it considers abolishing it altogether – otherwise it … More

Denmark: (Updated) 122 NGOs endorse civil society letter congratulating Government’s suspension of HIV-specific law, asking for its abolition

May 31, 2011

Update May 31st: A total of 122 civil society organisations from around the world have signed the letter which was delivered to the Danish Minister of Justice and the Danish Minister of Health in mid-May.  Thank you to everyone who … More

US: State public health officials condemn ‘stigmatising, harmful’ HIV-specific laws

March 15, 2011

This weekend, the National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors (NASTAD) released a statement that signifies an extremely important development in the Positive Justice Project’s campaign to repeal HIV-specific criminal laws in the United States. NASTAD is a highly-respected … More

Denmark: Justice Minister suspends HIV-specific criminal law, sets up working group

February 17, 2011

Denmark’s Justice Minister Lars Barfoed has today suspended Article 252 of the Criminal Code – the so-called ‘HIV law’ – pending an inquiry by a government working group to consider whether the only HIV-specific law in Western Europe should be … More

Switzerland: Government ignores expert recommendation to decriminalise non-intentional HIV exposure and transmission

December 8, 2010

The Swiss Government has ignored expert recommendations to decriminalise everything but intentional HIV exposure or transmission following a consultation on changing Article 231 of the Swiss Penal Code, according to a strongly worded press release from Groupe sida Genève issued … More

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

Global: AIDS 2010 round-up part 2: Posters

August 19, 2010

This selection of posters presented in Vienna follows up from my previous AIDS 2010 posting on the sessions, meetings and media reporting that took place during last month’s XVIII International AIDS Conference.  I’ll be a highlighting a few others in … More

US: Obama administration calls for end to HIV-specific criminal laws

July 20, 2010

Fantastic news from the United States, courtesy of Todd Heywood at the Michigan Messenger. His article is reproduced in full below. On Thursday I present my poster at AIDS 2010 analysing two years of US arrests and prosecutions, so this … More

East Africa: Move Towards Common HIV/AIDS Law (IPS)

December 5, 2009

Another excellent piece from the Inter Press Service News Agency, whose mission is to give voices to the voiceless. EAST AFRICA: Move Towards Common HIV/AIDS Law by Wambi Michael ARUSHA, Dec 4 (IPS) – All HIV-positive east Africans could soon … More

Brazil: Health ministry says no to criminalisation following two high-profile prosecutions

November 27, 2009

Brazil’s Ministry of Health is preparing a public statement in which it recommends that prosecutions for negligent or reckless HIV exposure or transmission cease. Rather, only intentional transmission where both intent and transmission are proven, in accordance with UNAIDS guidance, … More

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