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Guyana: Lawmakers debate HIV-specific criminal law

August 6, 2010

A newly proposed law for the South American country of Guyana, entitled ‘Criminal Responsibility of HIV Infected Individuals’ was recently debated in the country’s  National Assembly. (Thanks to Lucy Reynolds from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine for … More

US: Nushawn Williams “poster child” of newly proposed HIV-specific law faces a lifetime of civil confinement (update 2)

July 20, 2010

Update: July 20thA New York Supreme Court judge in Buffalo has dismissed Nushawn Williams’s petition for release and ruled he could remain in jail while awaiting his October trial under New York’s Civil Confinement Law.Update: May 11thNo big surprise, but … More

Mexico: Laws Criminalising HIV Transmission Are Discriminatory

June 30, 2010

I’m republishing this excellent article from the Inter Press Service providing the first overview I’ve ever seen of the individual Mexican state’s laws that can be used to prosecute people with HIV for not disclosing before sex. So far there … More

Laos: Legislators consider HIV-specific law allowing “prosecution of wrongdoers”

June 25, 2010

A brief report from the German News Agency, dpa, suggests that leglislators in Laos are considering a new HIV-specific law that will include criminal exposure or transmission provisions. The law would also introduce the “prosecution of wrongdoers,” the report said. … More

Uzbekistan: Negligent liability now added to HIV-specific criminal law

June 11, 2010

The Uzbek government has amended article 113 of Uzbekistan’s Criminal Code to allow for easier prosecution for medical negliglence resulting in HIV transmission, according to a report on eurasianet.org. Article 113, passed in 1999 and enacted in 2001, criminalises both … More

Ghana: Calls for new HIV-specific criminal law heeded by AIDS Commission

June 11, 2010

The Ghana AIDS Commission is undertaking a legal audit to establish whether there is a need for a new HIV-specific criminal law against “deliberate” transmission, according to a report from Ghanian radio station, Joy. According to the report, some members … More

Uganda: Latest version of HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control Act introduced, HRW analysis

May 20, 2010

Yesterday, Beatrice Rwakimari, Chairperson of the Committee on HIV/AIDS and Related Matters introduced the latest version of the 2010 HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control Act to the Ugandan parliament. According to a press release from Human Rights Watch (HRW) issued yesterday: … More

Uganda: Minister’s turnaround on HIV bill raises concern (PLUSNews)

May 13, 2010

KAMPALA, 11 May 2010 (PlusNews) – Ugandan AIDS activists have expressed concern over a decision by the Ministry of Health to back an HIV/AIDS bill that would criminalize the deliberate transmission of HIV. Last week, State Minister for Health in … More

China: New law punishes non HIV disclosure as “deliberate spread of AIDS” (update)

December 3, 2009

Update: December 3rd Xinhuanet.com reports that a new law has been passed in Gansu province in north-western China mandating disclosure within a month of diagnosis. The short article makes it clear that non-disclosure will result a prosecution for “deliberate” HIV … More

South Korea: Korean man gets 18 months for HIV exposure; calls for HIV-specific laws (updated)

October 27, 2009

Update: October 27th The 26 year-old Korean taxi driver arrested in March was found guilty earlier this month under South Korea’s public health law for having unprotected sex without disclosure and has been sentenced to 18 months in prison. Original … More

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