Over the past two and a half years, you signed on to our campaign calling on the Attorney General to create prosecutorial guidelines to stop unjust prosecutions for HIV non-disclosure in Ontario. It worked. Earlier this month, the Ministry of the Attorney General (MAG) finally told us that they are “currently developing guidance for Crown counsel” and that the guidelines “should be finalized by the fall [of 2013].”
However, we can’t celebrate this news because MAG has made it clear that they are unwilling to meet with us to discuss the content of the guidelines. We are very concerned. Given the 2012 Supreme Court decisions that made the law less evidence-based and harsher, it is more important than ever that MAG meaningfully engages with CLHE on the content of the guidelines. The guidelines must be informed by current medical and scientific knowledge about HIV and the social contexts of living with HIV.
Sign our petition to Premier Wynne and the Attorney General. We are demanding an in-person meeting to discuss the content of the prosecutorial guidelines. The campaign for justice needs your support now more than ever.