Newsletter - Issue 1, 2013

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We are pleased to share this inaugural issue of our Newsletter with you. The Newsletter, which will be issued every two months, will provide a digest of Recent Developments and News published on the website of the Global Commission on HIV and the Law ( We welcome feedback and inputs for future Newsletters. We would also like to highlight a new addition to the website: an interactive map displaying countries in which activities that implement the findings and recommendations of the Commission have taken place. The map currently provides a snapshot  on activities in 82 countries, including 31 UNAIDS priority countries where UNDP in collaboration with other UN organizations and civil society partners have delivered support in 2012 and are planning to work in 2013. Follow up activities include law review and reform, national dialogues for action planning for law reform, sensitization of judiciary and Parliamentarians, increasing access to justice including through capacity development of national human rights institutions and legal services, and religious leader and media sensitization. View the map by clicking here or on the below image

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News & Recent Developments

United Kingdom: House of Lords debates held on the impact of discriminatory laws on HIV responses in developing countries & the Commonwealth (December 2012 & March 2013), following the UK Launch of the Commission Report

On 6  December 2012, UNDP in partnership with the International HIV/AIDS Alliance and the United Kingdom All Party Parliamentary Group on AIDS  launched  the Report of the Global Commission on HIV and the Law, 'HIV and the Law: Risks, Rights & Health',  at the House of Commons in London. Read more | Photo Gallery

An Ugly Truth in the War on Drugs

NEWS | 10 March 2013 
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. Read more

Helen Clark: UN must not backtrack on women's reproductive rights

NEWS | 7 March 2013 
Head of UN development programme sounds warning as Malta, Russia and Vatican try to remove references to sexual rights. Read more

UNAIDS and UNDP back proposal to allow least-developed countries to maintain and scale up access to essential medicines

NEWS | 26 February 2013 
The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) today launched a new Issue Brief TRIPS transition period extensions for least-developed countries. Read more

JVR Prasada Rao: Separating consent from exploitation

NEWS | 24 February 2013 
The report of the Justice Verma Committee and the subsequent ordinance issued by the Centre contain important provisions relating to trafficking and sex work, which have, for the first time, been dealt with in a comprehensive manner. Read more

Congresswoman Barbara Lee and Senator Frank R. Lautenberg Introduce Bill to Expand Comprehensive Sex Education

NEWS | 14 February 2013 
Washington, D.C.— Today, Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA) and Senator Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ) introduced the Real Education for Healthy Youth Act of 2013, legislation that would give America's youth the knowledge they need to make educated decisions about their health. Read more

Congresswoman Barbara Lee Commends President’s Advisory Council on AIDS (PACHA) Resolution on Ending Federal and State HIV-Specific Criminal Laws, Prosecutions, and Civil Commitments

NEWS | 8 February 2013
Washington, D.C.— In response to the announcement that the President’s Advisory Council on AIDS (PACHA) Resolution on Ending Federal and State HIV-specific Criminal Laws, Prosecutions, and Civil Commitments, Congresswoman Barbara Lee has released the following statement: “Today’s announcement is an important advancement in our collective effort to modernize unjust and discriminatory HIV criminalization laws,”... Read more

UN Commission on the Status of Women Accepts Statement on HIV Criminalization and Women

NEWS | 31 January 2013 
The 57th Session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women accepted for publication a Statement calling for the repeal of all laws criminalizing HIV transmission, exposure to HIV, or failure to disclose HIV status. Read more

Heads of Government of Commonwealth states adopt key HIV and the law recommendations

In a move significant to the global AIDS response and the implementation of the recommendations of the Global Commission on HIV and the Law, on 19 December 2012, Heads of Government of Commonwealth countries completed the process of agreeing to and adopting recommendations of the October 2011 Report of the Eminent Persons Group, ‘A Commonwealth of the People: Time for Urgent Report’. Read more

United States National Dialogue on the Criminalization of HIV Transmission, Exposure & Non-disclosure: The Role of States & the Federal Government

At present 32 states and two territories within the United States have HIV-specific criminal laws in place. Read more | Photo Gallery | Video

National Dialogue on HIV & the Law in Costa Rica, 29-30 November 2012

According to the 2012 UNAIDS Global Report on the AIDS Epidemic, globally 34 million people are living with HIV, 7,400 new infections occur each day and 1.7 million people died from AIDS-related causes in 2011. 123 States have legislation against discrimination on HIV. Read more 

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