Welcome to the 17th addition of the ARASA Newsletter
In this edition, we update you on ARASA’s participation in the 20th International AIDS Conference held in Melbourne, Australia from 20 to 25 July.
In addition to co-hosting the Human Rights Networking Zone with the Canadian AIDS Legal Network, ARASA staff also hosted, co-chaired, and presented in a number of sessions. You can read the staff programme here
The Human Rights Networking Zone was a popular venue for interaction between conference delegates and human rights activists from around the world, many of whom were drawn by the smell of popcorn and a photo booth. A variety of sessions centred on pressing human rights issues were hosted at the zone. The themes of the sessions ranged from the criminalisation of HIV transmission exposure and non-disclosure, human rights and public health challenges to drug policy, sexual orientation and gender identity, threats to treatment access and women’ rights in the AIDS response.(Programme link)
A major highlight for the ARASA team was the launch of our 2014 HIV and Human Rights in Southern and East Africa report by the Honourable Michael Kirby, former Justice of the Australian High Court.
In this edition we also report on the Beyond Blame, HIV Criminalisation pre-conference and provide an update on criminalisation of HIV transmission, exposure and non-disclosure around the world. ARASA also caught up with some of its partners who attended the conference to get their views and impressions of the gathering.
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Until next time!