African Commission: Boosting human rights helps fight HIV

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Logo of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights.

A focus on human rights and community involvement has been instrumental in responding to the AIDS epidemic, according to a new report from the African Commission.

The report, “HIV, the law and human rights in the African human rights system: key challenges and opportunities for rights-based responses” includes contributions from UNAIDS, civil society, and other partners.

The report highlights the challenges and best practices, including law and policy reform, progressive court decisions and programmes to advance human rights protection and access to HIV and health services, in continuing to address the needs of populations left behind, including LGBTI people.

Speaking at the launch, UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé praised the Commission, noting:   

“This report makes the basic point that we must place people, rights and communities at the centre of the response to HIV. It is great to see the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights speak so boldly on zero discrimination and the right to health through this report.”

This article is based on a recent UNAIDS Equal Eyes recap of the world’s LGBT news.


Written by Colin Stewart

Colin Stewart is a 45-year journalism veteran living in Southern California. He is the president of the St. Paul’s Foundation for International Reconciliation, which supports LGBTQ+ rights advocacy journalism, Erasing 76 Crimes. Contact him at [email protected]

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