By Dr. Mark Dybul, Executive Director, Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria
New research shows that a highly effective way to control and defeat infectious diseases like AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria is by focusing on the most vulnerable populations. That has big implications for human rights.
No entire country, or entire population, is at the same risk of contracting infectious diseases. Many diseases disproportionately affect the groups of people who get left behind, because they are criminalized and at the margins of society.
By Catherine Saez, Intellectual Property Watch
World Trade Organization members today reached a draft decision on a request put forward by least-developed countries to extend the period during which they do not have to comply with international rules of intellectual property rights protection, according to sources. Under the terms of the hard-fought decision, LDCs can benefit from an extension of eight more years.
Special Report–The 43rd General Assembly of the Organization of American States (OAS) was held in Antigua, Guatemala, between 4th and 6th June. Member states adopted a strongly worded declaration to promote and protect the rights of vulnerable people who are affected by or live with HIV/AIDS and also adopted two Interamerican conventions against discrimination.
Thirty judges from sixteen Asia Pacific nations have met in Thailand to discuss how they can create a more supportive environment for people with HIV.
The senior judges heard how progressive legal decisions can have a significant impact on the human rights of people with HIV at the forum in Bangkok.
Civil society members, legal aid service providers and human rights lawyers team up to improve access to legal services.
Chisinau, 30-31 May – UNDP, and its regional and national partners—the Eastern European and Central Asian Union of PLHIV (ECUO), the Moldovan Institute for Human Rights (IDOM) and NGO Viata Noua (“New Life”)—conducted a capacity building training for people living with and affected by HIV in Moldova.