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Brazil: HIV-specific criminal law introduced amid media frenzy and moral panic over ‘barebacking’ gay subculture

March 27, 2015

On April 2nd 2015, a simply worded amendment to Article 1 of Law No. 8072 of July 25, 1990 – covering ‘heinous crimes’ – will be presented to the Brazilian Parliament by the populist Congressman, Pompeo de Mattos. The amendement, draft Bill … More

Nepal: Draft criminal code prohibiting infectious disease transmission singles out people with HIV and hepatitis B

November 3, 2014

Lawmakers in Nepal are considering a draft law that singles out people with HIV and hepatitis B, contrary to recommendations from UNAIDS and the Global Commission on HIV and the Law. According to the draft text, tweeted by IRIN Humanitarian … More

Uganda: Civil society coalition condemns President Museveni for signing HIV Prevention and Control Bill into law

August 20, 2014

[Press Statement from the Coalition for HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control Act] Civil society organisations reacted harshly today to the assent by President Museveni on July 31 2014 to Uganda’s controversial HIV Bill, the HIV Prevention and Control Act of 2014, … More

Uganda: Parliament passes ‘deeply flawed’ HIV law, takes ‘giant leap backwards': urge President Museveni to veto

May 14, 2014

After years of intensive debate and strong local and international advocacy against many of the problematic clauses found within Uganda’s omnibus HIV law, yesterday Uganda’s Parliament passed the HIV Prevention and Control Act virtually unchanged from this 2010 version. The … More

Uganda: ‘Trial by media’ of nurse accused of exposing a child to HIV via injection sets a ‘dangerous precedent’

February 12, 2014

The ongoing case of Rosemary Namubiru, the Ugandan nurse accused of exposing a child to HIV during the course of administering an injection, is highlighted in a powerful press release issued yesterday by AIDS Free World.  Fortunately, Ms Namubiru is … More

African HIV criminalisation achievements and challenges highlighted at ICASA 2013

December 11, 2013

The African continent has more countries with overly broad and vague HIV-specific laws relating to HIV non-disclosure, exposure and/or transmission than any other global region, nearly all of which have been enacted in the past decade. Although North America is … More

Greece: Scientists and human rights campaigners condemn the reinstatement of Provision 39A allowing forced HIV testing of suspected sex workers, drug users and undocumented migrants

July 8, 2013

Reinstatement of controversial Health Provision slammed by HIV and Human Rights Groups, by Zoe Mavroudi [Republished from the radiobubble blog, with thanks to Zoe Mavroudi] A legal provision that led to mass arrests of HIV-positive women in Greece in 2012 … More

GNP+ and the HIV Justice Network release ‘Advancing HIV Justice: a progress report of achievements and challenges in global advocacy against HIV criminalisation’

June 5, 2013

A new report released today by the Global Network of People Living with HIV (GNP+) and the HIV Justice Network highlights the tireless work of advocates around the world challenging inappropriate criminal laws and prosecutions for HIV non-disclosure, potential or … More

Botswana’s draconian Public Health Bill approved by Parliament, BONELA will challenge it as unconstitutional once President signs into law (Update 3)

April 5, 2013

Update: April 5th 2013 Very disappointing news from Botswana. The Public Health Bill – including all of its draconian provisions on HIV – has been approved by Parliament. BONELA issued this press release last week just prior to the vote. … 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

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