Bangkok – A regional review of laws in South-East Asia examines the legal environments affecting HIV responses among people living with HIV, sex workers, men who have sex with men, transgender people, people who inject drugs, young people and migrants.
Launched this week, HIV and the Law in South-East Asia is a legal review by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Bangkok Regional Hub and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Taskforce on AIDS. The report is part of the ASEAN Cities Getting to Zero Initiative.
The UNDP has published a new discussion paper entitled "Addressing the Development Dimensions of Drug Policy".
In April 2016, the UN General Assembly will hold a Special Session on Drugs to assess and debate the successes and failures of current drug control policies. UNDP is a member of the UN System Task Force on Transnational Organized Crime and Drug Trafficking, established in 2011 to provide guidance on how to integrate responses to transnational organized crime into UN peacekeeping, peacebuilding, security and development initiatives and to develop a roadmap of key initiatives and activities relating to its mandate. UNDP has prepared this discussion paper in response to the Task Force's request for input from UN agencies into UNGASS 2016. It was written with inputs from UNDP experts in HIV, health, human rights, governance, rule of law and security and conflict prevention and includes perspectives from UNDP country office, regional and global colleagues.
DHAKA – "I was so happy and excited that day. We worked so hard and for so long for this and it was finally becoming a reality," recalled Shale Ahmed, a prominent Bangladeshi social activist and Executive Director of Bandhu Social Welfare Society (BSWS).
In November 2014, one year after the landmark day, Shale and his organization, along with the Ministry of Social Welfare organized country wide 'Hijra Pride' activities to celebrate the anniversary of the Government of Bangladesh Cabinet decision to recognize hijras, or transgender people, as a 'third gender' on official documents. The announcement followed similar progress on legal recognition for hijras and transgender people in recent years in India, Nepal and Pakistan.
Helen Clark, UNDP Administrator
Statement on International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia
United Nations, New York
The International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia provides an opportunity to reaffirm that the rights of LGBT people are a matter of concern to all of us working on human development.
On 22 April 2015, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe adopted a Resolution on the discrimination against transgender people in Europe.
The 47 member states of the Council were urged to abolish humiliating procedures such as coerced sterilization and psychiatric assessment, which are needed in some countries to legally change gender. The Resolution calls member states to stop discrimination, and recognize and punish hate crimes. It also calls for the introduction of enabling measures that protect, uphold and fulfill the human rights of transgender people taking into account their needs and respecting their privacy and dignity. It also recommends that transgender-specific healthcare services are made accessible.