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Botswana: Proposed Public Health Bill goes against HIV programming best practice

December 11, 2012

Guest blog by Christine Stegling, Associate Director, Best Practice, and Senior Human Rights Adviser, International HIV/AIDS Alliance. Reposted with permission from the International HIV/AIDS Alliance. Late last week, and by all accounts with no previous public debate or discussion with … More

Norway: Long awaited Law Commission report disappoints

October 22, 2012

The long-awaited report from the Norwegian Law Commission, released last Friday, has shocked and disappointed HIV and human rights advocates in Norway and around the world. After spending almost two years examining every aspect of the use of the criminal … More

Dominican Republic: Urge President Fernández to repeal HIV criminalisation laws

June 22, 2012

A campaign to request the urgent modification of two HIV-specific criminal statutes in the Dominican Republic has gone viral. I first became aware of the campaign via Twitter (in Spanish) and now ITPC (the International Treatment Preparedness Coalition) has circulated … More

Belgium: First criminal conviction under poisoning law, advocates caught unawares

June 13, 2011

Last week saw the first successful prosecution for criminal HIV transmission in Belgium. The case surprised the main HIV support organisation, Sensoa, who were only informed of the case by the media because neither complainant nor defendant (both of whom … More

US: (Update) Nebraska passes unscientific, stigmatising body fluid assault law

June 7, 2011

Update: June 7 2011  I’ve just learned via my colleagues at the Positive Justice Project in the US, that The Assault with Bodily Fluids Bill (LB226) introduced into the Nebraska State Legislature by Senator Mike Gloor recently passed into law … More

Congo: First ever criminal prosecution nets 15 years for husband under poisoning law

March 11, 2011

The Criminal Chamber of the Court of Appeal of Pointe-Noire in Congo (also known as the Republic of Congo, or Congo-Brazzaville – not to be confused with its larger neighbour, Democratic Republic of Congo) has sentenced an HIV-positive man to … More

US: Montana legislator’s HIV “ignorance in the first degree” exposed and denounced

February 10, 2011

Judicial ignorance is something I often highlight on my blog. Sadly, it is most often (but not exclusively) seen in the United States – a place where a Michigan prosecutor believes that biting someone in self-defence is terrorism if the … More

US: Positive Justice Project publishes essential new advocacy resource

November 17, 2010

The Center for HIV Law and Policy has released the first comprehensive analysis of HIV-specific criminal laws and prosecutions in the United States. The publication, Ending and Defending Against HIV Criminalization: State and Federal Laws and Prosecutions, covers policies and … More

Nigeria: Oh the irony – “aggressive dissemination” of HIV-specific law both increases and punishes stigma

November 11, 2010

It was passed three years ago, but only now has the Lagos State AIDS Control Agency (LSACA), in collaboration with Enhancing Nigerian HIV Response (ENR) and the Lagos State Ministry of Justice begun “aggressive dissemination” of the Law for the … More

South Africa: Opposition leader Helen Zille says HIV exposure is ‘attempted murder’, cites Nadja Benaissa case as example

September 13, 2010

South Africa’s leader of the Democratic Alliance opposition party, Western Cape Premier Helen Zille has said that HIV-positive people who knowingly have unprotected sex without disclosing their status, should be charged with attempted murder. She also cited the recent case … More

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