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organisations working together to promote a human
rights based response to HIV and TB in Southern and East Africa
When our founding fathers coined the fundamental freedom of expression clause in the Constitution now provided for in the 1996 Republican Constitution under Article 20. (1) which states that “Except with his own consent
Dear Mr. Secretary-General, We write to you out of deep concern regarding Ms. Speciosa Wandira-Kazibwe, UN Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa. In the wake of Uganda’s passage of a law criminalizing homosexuality, Ms. Wandira-Kazibwe’s reprehensible silence, and her ongoing position as a senior advisor to President Museveni, threaten to undermine the credibility and independence of the United Nations. We urge you to terminate her position as Special Envoy and appoint an impartial advocate for the rights of all Africans.
Windhoek, 26 February 2014 - The AIDS and Rights Alliance for Southern Africa (ARASA) strongly condemns the signing of the Anti-Homosexuality Bill into law by the President of Uganda, His Excellency Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, on 24 February 2014.
PRESS STATEMENT: AIDS and Rights Alliance for Southern Africa Commends Zambian Court for Protecting Free Speech in Zambia
AIDS and Rights Alliance for Southern Africa Commends Zambian Court for Protecting Free Speech in Zambia Windhoek, Namibia, 26 February – The AIDS and Rights Alliance for Southern Africa (ARASA) has lauded the Lusaka Magistrate’s Court for protecting the right to freedom of expression in Zambia after the court found that the government had failed to prove its case against Zambian human rights and HIV activist, Paul Kasonkomona.
The Botswana Network on Ethics, Law and HIV/AIDS (BONELA) in partnership with LEGABIBO (Lesbians Gays and Bisexuals of Botswana), are appalled by the decision of the Ugandan government to enact the Anti-Homosexuality Bill of 2013. This new Act aims to prohibit any form of sexual relations between persons of the same sex as well as to prohibit the promotion or recognition of such relations. Furthermore, this Act imposes punitive measures ranging from 3 years imprisonment for persons in positions of authority failing to report an act of homosexuality within 24 hours, to life imprisonment for persons who purport to enter into a same sex marriage.