We are a regional partnership of over 80 non-governmental
organisations working together to promote a human
rights based response to HIV and TB in Southern and East Africa

The Criminalization of HIV

The Criminalization of HIV: Time for an Unambiguous Rejection of the Use of Criminal Law to Regulate the Sexual Behavior of those with and at Risk of HIV. Throughout the HIV epidemic, criminal law has been invoked to deter and punish sexual transmission. The public health community has not favored the enactment of criminal laws specifically targeting people with HIV, nor endorsed the application of general criminal laws to HIV – but neither has it taken a vigorous stand against them. Meanwhile, governments continue to adopt HIV-specific criminal laws

Articulating A Rights-Based Approach to HIV Treatment and Prevention

Since the beginning of the epidemic, the protection of human rights has been an integral component in the response to Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV). The high degree of stigma and discrimination associated with acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) has made human rights protection not only a priority to ensure the rights of people living with and at-risk for HIV, but to address public health goals as well. Advances in understanding the impact of antiretroviral treatment on HIV prevention provide exciting opportunities and even a paradigm shift in terms of AIDS prevention.

Botswana Government Must Provide HIV Treatment to Foreign Prisoners, Says High Court

News release from the Southern Africa Litigation Centre (SALC) and the Botswana Network on Ethics, Law and HIV/AIDS (BONELA) 22 AUGUST 2014

The ARASA HIV and Human Rights in Southern and East African, 2014 report officially launched today at the 2014 International AIDS Conference in Melbourne, Australia

The ARASA HIV and Human Rights in Southern and East African, 2014 report was officially launched today by Hon.Michael Kirby at the Human Rights Networking zone.


In addition to co-hosting the Human Rights Networking Zone with the Canadian AIDS Legal Network in the Global Village, ARASA is co-hosting, facilitating or presenting at a number of sessions at AIDS 2014 in Melbourne. This is where you will find us:

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