This session will discuss the growing global movement to end HIV criminalization - overly broad and/or vague criminal laws, that unjustly regulate, control, and/or punish people living with HIV solely based on their HIV status. The panel’s participants exemplify the uniqueness of the RCNF model of incentivizing collaborative and joint efforts of networks across movements – who join into consortia of, for example, people living with HIV and human rights defenders/lawyers – and the model of linking activities at global, regional and national levels, which catalyzes a more aligned and impactful effect in resisting and fighting HIV criminalization.
Following an exclusive preview of data from the forthcoming Advancing HIV Justice 3 report, covering global trends in HIV criminalization laws and prosecutions and advocacy successes, panelists will discuss the increasing number of HIV related laws and prosecutions, and advocacy against them - including discussing how using scientific, human rights and public health arguments can be both helpful and harmful in different contexts; as well as the challenge of creating a global movement to end HIV criminalization in the context of shrinking spaces and funding for civil society, limited access to justice, and repressive, ‘post-truth’ political leadership across the world.
Moderator: Sergey Votyagov, Robert Carr civil society Networks Fund (RCNF)
Introduction: Luisa Cabal, Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS)
• Edwin Bernard, HIV Justice Network (HJN)
• Laurel Sprague, Global Network of People Living with HIV (GNP+)
• Lynette Mabote, AIDS and Rights Alliance for Southern Africa (ARASA)