Category Archives: Reports

HIV Criminalization in Canada: Key Trends and Patterns

As part of an effort to contribute to an informed public dialogue on the issue, this short report provides a snapshot of the temporal and demographic patterns of HIV criminalization in Canada from 1989 to 2016. It also updates information on the outcomes of HIV non-disclosure criminal cases.

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Shadow Report to the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in relation to the review of the 6th Periodic Report of the Russian Federation

With this report we would like to inform the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR) about serious violations of Articles 3 and 12 of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR).

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Indigenous Communities: Summary of Legal Needs Assessment

In 2014, the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network (“Legal Network”) and the Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network (CAAN) began collaborating to produce a series of legal information resources for Indigenous communities living with and affected by HIV and/or hepatitis C (HCV). In support of this effort, a legal needs assessment was carried out to determine priority legal […]

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What Does Consent Really Mean? Rethinking HIV non-disclosure and sexual assault law

In April 2014, the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network hosted a ground-breaking workshop, Rethinking HIV Non-Disclosure and Sexual Assault: A Feminist Dialogue. Approximately 30 socio-legal scholars, criminologists, lawyers, anti-violence advocates, researchers, graduate students, people living with HIV, and other members of the feminist and HIV communities participated in a series of panels and roundtables. This report […]

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On Point: Recommendations for Prison-Based Needle and Syringe Programs in Canada

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This report is the culmination of a multi-phase, multi-year undertaking that involved broad consultation and primary research to create recommendations for implementing prison-based needle and syringe programs (PNSPs), which provide sterile injection equipment to prisoners who inject drugs and help prevent the spread of HIV and hepatitis C virus (HCV), in Canadian federal prisons. The report highlights […]

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Judging the epidemic: A judicial handbook on HIV, human rights and the law

Judging the epidemic has been prepared as a resource to help judges, magistrates, arbitrators and other judicial officers throughout the world adjudicate cases involving HIV-related issues. This handbook may also be used by judicial trainers and ministries of justice to deliver educational programmes to judges and magistrates on legal issues related to HIV and human […]

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Report to the International Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR): Adoption of the list of issues with regard to Uzbekistan, March 2013

As of January 1, 2012 there were 21,524 people living with HIV officially registered in Uzbekistan; 44.6% of them are identified as people who inject drugs. Injecting drug use is the main risk factor driving the epidemic in Uzbekistan.   Related Publications Параллельный Доклад Международному КЭСКП — К вопросу о принятии списка вопросов Правительству Узбекистана(Russian […]

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Impaired Judgment: Assessing the Appropriateness of Drug Treatment Courts as a Response to Drug Use in Canada

The purpose of this report is to critically examine drug treatment courts (DTCs) in Canada using the available evidence, which includes process and outcome evaluations of existing DTCs, grey literature and academic research. Our assessment is also informed by interviews with a number of key informants who interact with DTCs in various ways.

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Atmospheric Pressure: Russian Drug Policy as a Driver for Violations of the UN Convention against Torture

Shadow Report to the UN Committee against Torture in relation to the review of the Fifth Periodic Report of the Russian Federation. This report considers facts, reasons for and conditions for mistreatment of drug users in Russia.   Related Publications «АТМОСФЕРНОЕ ДАВЛЕНИЕ»: Наркополитика России как фактор нарушений Конвенции ООН против пыток  (Russian version)

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Treatment or Torture? Applying International Human Rights Standards to Drug Detention Centers

Increasingly more people who use drugs are locked away in the name of drug rehabilitation without any real access to medical care or legal recourse. Drug users rarely enter such detention centers voluntarily, and even if they do, they nearly never are allowed to leave at their will. Detention centres rely on physical abuse, shackles, […]

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