Officials Should Be Held to Account for Arbitrary Detention, Torture, Forced Labor
(Bangkok) – Cambodian authorities unlawfully detain hundreds of drug users and others deemed “undesirable” in centers where they face torture, sexual violence, and forced labor, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. Human Rights Watch called for the immediate closure of the country’s eight detention centers that are supposedly for drug dependency treatment.
WASHINGTON — Activists in the fight against HIV/AIDS are hopeful that a new piece of legislation being introduced Monday will get bipartisan attention in the Senate despite the dysfunction currently slowing down Washington.
The “Repeal HIV Discrimination Act,” to be introduced by Delaware Sen. Chris Coons, calls for an inter-agency wide review of state laws and policies targeting people living with HIV and AIDS, and resembles a bill introduced last May in the House by California Rep. Barbara Lee. Thirty-two states currently have laws on the books that use HIV status to criminally convict people.
Ban Ki-moon, United Nations Secretary-General
On this World AIDS Day, I am more optimistic than ever. Much of the world is accelerating progress in responding to HIV. There are significant decreases in new infections and deaths, and we are making good progress in realizing our target of ensuring 15 million people have access to antiretroviral treatment by 2015. This is crucial to halting and reversing the AIDS epidemic for good.
Latin America shows encouraging trend to decriminalize HIV transmission
As the world commemorates World AIDS Day, UNAIDS and UNDP welcome the positive trend being seen across Latin America where a number of countries are pursuing amendments and revisions to existing laws to eliminate the overly broad criminalization of HIV transmission and to recognize the right of non-disclosure of HIV status.
The former Australian High Court judge Michael Kirby, has questioned the application of criminal law to HIV non-disclosure and criticised the criminalisation of sex work in many Asia Pacific countries.
Mr Kirby says laws on non-disclosure are counter-productive, and detrimental to the lowering of HIV transmissions.
Sen Lam caught up with Michael Kirby in Bangkok.