“From February 2011 to September 2011, the Global Commission on HIV and the Law held seven regional dialogues – in Asia and the Pacific, the Caribbean, Eastern Europe and Central Asia, Latin America, Arab States, Africa, and High Income Countries. Through these regional dialogues, the Commission gathered and generated compelling evidence illustrating how repressive laws, policies and practices, that do not respect human rights, hamper effective HIV responses and how enabling legal environments that promote and protect the human rights can achieve tremendous progress.
This year we have seen thousands of ordinary people using social media to claim their rights. The Regional Dialogue resources will contribute to strengthening the foundation for advocacy on HIV-related human rights and laws. We hope that individuals and civil society organisations will use these resources to claim their rights, and also that lawmakers, officials responsible for criminal justice, law enforcement officers, national AIDS programme officials, and donors will use them to inform the development and implementation of effective and humane law and policy.“
The final Commission report will be launched in January or February 2012.
You can read Commissioner Kirby’s summary of the 29th Programme Coordinating Board meeting’s thematic day on “HIV and Enabling Legal Environments” on our blog.