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How South Africa's bill of rights helped HIV campaigners

The Treatment Action Campaign's trump card was section 27(1) of the constitution, which states that everyone has the right to have access to healthcare services, including reproductive healthcare.

Published
19 December 2011
From
The Guardian
Lewis Calls for an End to the Medieval Treatment of People Who Use Drugs

A new report by the Eurasian Harm Reduction Network, with a foreword by AIDS-Free World Co-Director Stephen Lewis, reveals the brutal human rights violations against drug users and calls on governments to implement humane drug policies and promote effective responses to the HIV epidemic.

Published
13 December 2011
From
AIDS Free World
Anand Grover: leading the defence of human rights

Prejudices can run deep, and fears instilled in childhood can be hard to shake, as Anand Grover, trailblazing human rights lawyer and UN Special Rapporteur for the right to health, knows only too well. Grover has fought for the rights of marginalised communities all his life.

Published
09 December 2011
From
The Lancet
African Press Coverage of Obama’s LGBT Human Rights Policy Was Muted

In Africa, yesterday’s announcement has been met mostly with silence  so far, although it generally takes a day or two before stories like this percolate through the press.

Published
08 December 2011
From
Box Turtle Bulletin
Nigerian Bill Criminalises More Than Just Gay People

Nigerian legislation banning same-sex marriage has the potential to criminalise any sort of HIV prevention work with men who have sex with men, as well as people and organisations that "witness, abet and aids the solemnisation of a same sex marriage or civil union, or supports the registration, operation and sustenance of gay clubs, societies (and) organisations".

Published
07 December 2011
From
Inter Press Service
U.S. to Aid Gay Rights Abroad, Obama and Clinton Say

The Obama administration announced on Tuesday that the United States would use all the tools of American diplomacy, including the potent enticement of foreign aid, to promote gay rights around the world.

Published
07 December 2011
From
New York Times
Not in our name: African human rights activists reject UK aid conditionality

An oft-told African proverb (whose precise culture of origin often changes with the teller) asserts that "When elephants fight, the grass suffers." Put another way, the powerless are trampled in the clashes of mammoth decision-makers. 

Published
02 December 2011
From
Huffington Post
Nigerian Human Rights Group Issues Call to Action

Nigeria’s Coalition for the Defense of Sexual Rights (CDSR) has issued a call to action against the Same Gender Marriage Bill, which passed the Nigerian Senate on Monday.

Published
01 December 2011
From
Box Turtle Bulletin
Not all about the money, or the technology

As we move into the fourth decade of the fight against HIV and AIDS, promoting the amazing new tools at our disposal and demanding the funds to pay for them, I hope we won't lose sight of the fact that there's an awful lot of other stuff the AIDS response needs to start fixing and doing better if the technology and the money is going to make a difference.

Published
01 December 2011
From
Epidreamiology
Nigerian Senate votes for draconian anti-gay law

The Nigerian Senate voted on Tuesday 29 November to criminalise same-sex marriages and civil unions, with penalties of up to 14 years jail for participants and 10 years jail for anyone who helps or witnesses such a marriage or union.

Published
30 November 2011
From
Peter Tatchell Foundation

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Community Consensus Statement on Access to HIV Treatment and its Use for Prevention

Together, we can make it happen

We can end HIV soon if people have equal access to HIV drugs as treatment and as PrEP, and have free choice over whether to take them.

Launched today, the Community Consensus Statement is a basic set of principles aimed at making sure that happens.

The Community Consensus Statement is a joint initiative of AVAC, EATG, MSMGF, GNP+, HIV i-Base, the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, ITPC and NAM/aidsmap
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