May 7, 2013
Contacts: Carrie Adams (Lee) – (202) 225-2661; Alex Cruz (Ros-Lehtinen) – (202) 225-3931
Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Barbara Lee ( D-Calif.) was joined byCongresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.) to introduce H.R. 1843, the Repeal Existing Policies that Encourage and Allow Legal (REPEAL) HIV Discrimination Act. The REPEAL Act expresses the sense of Congress that federal and state laws, policies, and regulations should not place a unique or additional burden on individuals solely as a result of their HIV status.
April 22, 2013
Contact: Carrie Adams (202) 225-2661
Washington, D.C.—Today, Congresswoman Barbara Lee issued the following statement as the Supreme Court hears oral arguments for U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) v. Alliance for Open Society, International (AOSI). Congresswoman Lee, along with Senators Enzi, Leahy, Daschle and Frist, and Reps. Lowey, Waxman, Berman, and Kolbe, signed an amicus brief in support of AOSI.
New York — The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria recently launched a New Funding Model aimed at increasing strategic investments, achieving greater impact and engaging implementers and partners more effectively in responding to HIV, TB and malaria.
This new model provides an opportunity to prioritize human rights principles in future programmes. It also creates an opening for countries to redefine coordination across multiple sectors while investing in programmes that reduce barriers to health service access for women and girls, most at risk populations and others.
By Fernando Henrique Cardoso and Ruth Dreifuss
This week, representatives from many nations will gather at the annual meeting of the United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs in Vienna to determine the appropriate course of the international response to illicit drugs. Delegates will debate multiple resolutions while ignoring a truth that goes to the core of current drug policy: human rights abuses in the war on drugs are widespread and systematic.
Head of UN development programme sounds warning as Malta, Russia and Vatican try to remove references to sexual rights
The outcome document of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) must not undermine previous agreements that put women's sexual and reproductive rights central to their empowerment, the head of the UN development programme said on Wednesday.