The Asia-Pacific Regional Dialogue will take place on 16-17 February 2011 in Bangkok, Thailand. This and other regional dialogues will give voice to regional and country perspectives on issues of HIV and the law and aim to contribute to regional efforts for creating enabling legal environments that support effective HIV responses.
The Call for Submissions for this Regional Dialogue closed on 3 January. Over 130 submissions were received from throughout the region and in several languages, covering a range of issues from criminalization of transmission, MSM, sex work, drug use and transgender people to discrimination of people living with HIV, orphans and vulnerable children, women and treatment access. Activists, community workers, people living with HIV, members of key populations, researchers, lawyers and parliamentarians forums have all made submissions.
A selection process of the submissions was undertaken by the Regional Advisory Group, consisting of several UN agency and civil society representatives, details of which have been made public on the Commission’s website.
At the February meeting, civil society participants selected will share the experiences raised in their submissions. Participants will also include a diverse range of experts from Ministries of Health, Justice, Law, Home/Interior, national human rights institutions, parliamentarians and the judiciary.
The next Regional Dialogue will be held in the Caribbean region for which an announcement and a Call for Submissions will be made shortly.