People living with HIV and AIDS need stronger legal protections, international experts say, as victims of the disease still face widespread prejudice, discrimination and stigma that could prevent them from seeking early diagnosis and treatment.
The health department and other government bodies concerned should be prepared to launch a program of community consultation leading to the enactment of new laws, or the amendment of current legislation, to protect people living with HIV/AIDS, Eamonn Murphy, country director of UNAIDS, told The Myanmar Times.
Amsterdam Declaration on Police Partnerships for Harm Reduction launched today by Pieter-Jaap Aalbersberg, Chief of Police (Amsterdam) and Aldo Lale- Demoz, Deputy Executive Director, UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)
Working with people affected by HIV and not arresting or prosecuting them a key to driving down HIV infection in many countries says Amsterdam Declaration
Police Chiefs and Superintendents from some 30 countries in Amsterdam to attend the 2nd International Conference on Law Enforcement and Public Health (LEPH2014) taking place October 6-8
The criminalization of sex work has dire consequences for the safety and health of sex workers.
Police threaten sex workers with arbitrary arrest, demand bribes, and abuse and sexually violate them. As a criminalized group, sex workers have felt powerless to confront abuse by both clients and police, and in turn, unable to rely on police when they need help. With sex work pushed underground, recent research has shown a strong correlation between criminalization and the risk of HIV infection.
By Boyan Konstantinov, Programme Specialist, UNDP Europe and Central Asia
I have lived and worked in Eastern Europe and Central Asia for most of my professional life.
As a human rights lawyer, I am always happy to observe when adequate legal solutions are found, paving the road to progress and development in our region.
When Uganda President Yoweri Museveni visited the White House during the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit last month, a high court had just overturned his country's widely reviled "Anti-Homosexuality Law" which penalized "aggravated homosexuality" with life in prison, and criminalized the provision of services and support to gay people, threatening progress in that country's long battle against HIV.