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Fiji: HIV/AIDS Decree Approved by Cabinet

(Jan. 26, 2011) On January 18, 2011, it was announced that the Fiji Cabinet had approved the HIV/AIDS Decree 2011. (Press Release, Ministry of Information, 1-18-11 Cabinet Approves HIV/AIDS Decree 2011 (Jan. 18, 2011), This Decree “aims to safeguard the privacy and rights of persons infected or affected by HIV/AIDS,” (id.) including by: · […]

International Labour Organization: Global Labor Standard on HIV/AIDS Adopted

(June 21, 2010) On June 17, 2010, the International Labour Organization (ILO), the United Nations body devoted to labor issues, adopted a standard on HIV and AIDS. The action came during the ILO annual meeting and is the first time an international human rights document has focused on the disease and how it is handled […]

Asia: AIDS Law Database Launched

(Mar. 10, 2010) On March 9, 2010, Asia Catalyst, “a resource for grassroots groups working for economic and social rights in Asia,” announced the launch of its free Asia AIDS Law Database, in a “public beta” version searchable in English and Chinese. An Asia Catalyst press release states that the new database, which has HIV/AIDS-related […]

Africa: Draft HIV Law for East African Community

(Dec. 9, 2009) The East African Community (EAC) is drafting a law to provide a joint, regional response to HIV AIDS treatment for persons as they move freely across EAC Member States' borders. The EAC, headquartered in Arusha, Tanzania, comprises Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda. A consultancy group's report, based on a study of […]

Uganda: New Bill Prohibiting Discrimination Based on HIV Status and Criminalizing Intentional HIV Transmission

(Oct. 8, 2009) It was reported on October 4, 2009, that the Uganda Law Reform Commission is gearing up to present before the Ugandan Parliament the HIV and AIDS Prevention and Control Bill, which, if passed, would penalize discrimination against people living with HIV/AIDS and make intentional transmission of the disease to another person a […]

Africa: Model Law Criminalizing HIV/AIDS Transmission Under Criticism

(Aug. 14, 2009) According to a news report dated August 8, 2009, the Model Law for HIV/AIDS, a document drafted during a 2005 workshop in Chad in which 18 countries from western and central Africa participated, is coming under increasing criticism from civil society organizations that see the model law as counterproductive in the fight […]

South Africa: National Defense Force Concedes Discrimination Against HIV Positive Individuals Unlawful

(June 2, 2008) The South African National Defense Force (SANDF) and the AIDS Law Project, representing the South African Security Forces' Union and individual members of the military, reached a “concept agreement,” which was later turned into a court order, before the Pretoria High Court. Under the agreement, the SANDF concedes that its employment policy […]

Southern African Development Community: Model Laws to Combat HIV

(Dec. 2, 2007) The Southern Africa Development Community's (SADC) Parliamentary Forum Standing Committee has initiated the preparation of model laws to complement its member countries' existing measures to combat HIV/AIDS. SADC legislators, lawyers, and health sector representatives from the member states took part in a consultative meeting on the initiative on November 10, 2007. (SADC […]