Millions of people living with HIV, and those most affected, are denied their human rights, and are experiencing ill health, isolation, abuse and financial insecurity as a consequence.
In particular, there is grave international concern about the recent increase in government actions to enforce existing or draft new punitive laws, such as those criminalising sexual minorities in Nigeria, Uganda and India.
According to Enrique Restoy, Senior Advisor on Human Rights and one of the co-authors of the Guide, “The relationship between HIV and human rights has never been so evident. This was comprehensively documented in the report produced by the Global Commission on HIV and the Law in 2012 and today we are seeing clearly how ‘bad laws’ and policies are hindering HIV responses and wasting resources across the world”.
It is in this context, that the Alliance and the AIDS & Rights Alliance for Southern Africa (ARASA) have launched a new Good Practice Guide on HIV and Human Rights.
The guide brings together expertise from the Alliance global community, as well as ARASA’s experience of strengthening the capacity of its partners, and the communities they serve.
Michaela Clayton, Director of ARASA and another co-author of the Guide
said, “As an organisation committed to promoting human rights-based
responses to HIV, not just in Africa but the rest of the world,
co-producing this Guide was an opportunity for us to share our capacity
building model for Southern and East Africa.”
The Guide provides a clear rationale for the integration of human rights in HIV programmes, presenting the principles and elements of rights-based HIV programming. It also describes the integration of human rights principles and responses into the project cycle, from assessments to monitoring and evaluation.
In the coming months, the Alliance will work with ARASA and other partners to produce on-line training to support the implementation of key elements of the guide. Watch this space!