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New briefing on HIV and the Law in the Commonwealth


Aids Alliance

A new Issues Paper has been published by the International HIV/AIDS Alliance and the Commonwealth HIV & AIDS Action Group (CHAAG) as part of a wider project involving civil society and state actors which focuses on ‘Addressing the Structural Barriers to HIV & AIDS - Stigma, Human Rights and Law Reform in the Commonwealth’.

The aim of the project is to increase understanding of the legal frameworks that undermine the Commonwealth’s ability to respond effectively to HIV.

The paper will be tabled at the meeting of Senior Officials of the Law Ministries from the Commonwealth taking place in London, UK on 18 and 19 October 2010.  It aims to foster a constructive dialogue by highlighting the many issues that link criminalisation and discrimination to poor HIV responses in the Commonwealth.

Anton Kerr, Head of Policy at the Alliance and Chair of CHAAG said: ‘We hope that this briefing will lead Senior Officials of the Law Ministries to schedule a meeting on HIV and the Law in 2011 to inform discussions and recommendations in the run up to the next Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting.’

A more detailed report illustrating the impact of specific laws and policies will be published to coincide with a Commonwealth World AIDS Day Lecture on Human Rights and HIV, with keynote speaker Justice Ajit Shah, to be held at Marlborough House on 30 November 2010.

  • Click here to read the Issues Paper.
  • For more details about the report and lecture, click here