"Promoviendo los derechos humanos, y en particular del acceso a la salud y justicia de las poblaciones clave del VIH"
Guatemala, 4 de diciembre de 2014 - La Iniciativa Mundial Ciudades, VIH y Justicia fue acogida el día de hoy por los municipios de Coatepeque y Mazatenango con el objetivo de fortalecer su gobernabilidad local en la respuesta al VIH y de contribuir al desarrollo de capacidades de las poblaciones clave mediante la creación de políticas municipales innovadoras y programas de VIH para los grupos más vulnerables al VIH: hombres que tienen sexo con hombres, trabajadores sexuales y personas trans-género.
The current Ebola crisis reminds us that fighting communicable diseases requires behaviour change, engaging communities, partnerships with government and civil society, and reducing inequalities. Early diagnosis and treatment is vital too. These lessons have been learned in the fight against HIV. If the AIDS epidemic is to be ended as a public health threat by 2030, the sense of urgency and commitment to human rights which drove the early days of the response cannot be lost.
UNAIDS, AIDS Data Hub, UNODC, UNFPA and UNDP have recently published an infographic (see below) capturing the situation of punitive laws in countries of Asia and the Pacific, as of October 2014. The infographic also details recent progress towards zero discrimination in the region, highlighting 10 countries in particular which have removed or revised punitive laws or policies and thereby enabling more people to access HIV services.
A High-level Roundtable on Gender Identity, Rights and the Law was held in Hong Kong on 2 October. The High-level Roundtable, jointly convened by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Centre for Comparative and Public Law (CCPL) at the University of Hong Kong's Faculty of Law, sought to advance transgender people's rights in Asia and the Pacific.
NAY PYI TAW, 24 September 2014-A national HIV legal review report, launched in Myanmar's capital Nay Pyi Taw , calls for immediate and long-term legal reform and capacity building to ensure access to health and HIV prevention and treatment services for people living with HIV (PLHIV) and key affected populations. The report, a collaboration between UNAIDS, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and Pyoe Pin (DFID supported community programme), provides evidence of widespread stigma and discrimination of PLHIV and key affected populations in employment, education and the provision of health care and other services and offers strong recommendations to improve the legal framework and create a more enabling environment for HIV responses.