Windhoek, Namibia, 30 June 2016: The AIDS and Rights Alliance for Southern Africa (ARASA) is proud to launch the “Identifying Injustice: Laws and Policy on Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and HIV in Southern Africa” report, which outlines how laws and policies in ten countries in Southern Africa impact the lives, heath and rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) people.
The overall goal of the Africa Regional Grant on HIV: Removing Legal Barriers is to work with parliamentarians, policy makers, law enforcement officials, cultural leaders, lawyers and the judiciary to strengthen access to services for key populations (men who have sex with men, sex workers and people who use drugs) in 10 countries: Botswana, Cote d’Ivoire, Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria, Senegal, Seychelles, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia.
People living with HIV, key population and human rights networks in Southern and East Africa highlight grave concerns about how they have been side-lined in the implementation of programs intended to benefit their communities. In a letter to the Global Fund and PEPFAR today [LINK], eleven organizations from the region, along with AIDS & Rights Alliance for Southern Africa (ARASA) and International Treatment Preparedness Coalition (ITPC) detail specific obstacles to running, participating in and monitoring these programs.
A coalition of 49 civil society organisations attending the High Level Meeting on Ending AIDS in New York make the following press release
No ending AIDS in Africa without protecting rights.