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.
By Vivek Divan, Policy Specialist, UNDP
I have been working for several years with policy- and law-makers to support a rights-based response to HIV and contribute to stemming the tide of the epidemic.
This work often requires raising highly controversial and discomfiting issues such as class, sexuality, gender and stigmatized behaviors such as drug use. It also involves the most marginalized society groups– sex workers, transgender people, homosexual men and drug users.
Yangon - More than 60 people representing the communities affected by HIV, TB and cancer, as well as health service providers and policy makers last week participated in a consultation on Myanmar's draft intellectual property law, marking an important step ensuring that community voices are included in the new legislation.