HIV/AIDS Policy & Law Review 14(2) December 2009

HIV/AIDS Policy & Law Review 14(2) December 2009
FEATURE

CANADIAN DEVELOPMENTS

  • Quebec’s funding cut endangers study on alternative treatment for people addicted to heroin
  • Constitutionality of gay blood donor ban challenged in court

In brief

  • Report: Cancelled prison tattoo initiative had potential to reduce disease transmission
  • Municipal support on Vancouver Island for access to crack pipe kits
  • Rapid, free and anonymous HIV testing for gay and bisexual men in Montréal

INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENTS

  • Mexico decriminalizes small-scale drug possession
  • Burundi: New Penal Code criminalizes homosexuality
  • Uzbekistan: Government discontinues pilot opiate substitution therapy program
  • Indonesian parliament adopts strict anti-drug law
  • India refuses patent protection for two key HIV drugs
  • Cambodian Government creates de facto AIDS colony
  • U.K.: Success of heroin prescription trials
  • The U.N. system issues calls to strengthen harm reduction interventions
  • Russia: Future of harm reduction uncertain

In brief

  • U.S. repeals HIV immigration and travel ban
  • Mozambique: Parliament adopts law on domestic violence amid protests that the law discriminates against men
  • Mali: Law on women’s equality in marriage blocked
  • Zambia: Debate regarding compulsory HIV testing continues
  • Kazakhstan: Violations of fire safety rules lead to tragedy in drug treatment facility
  • Armenia amends HIV law, repeals travel ban for foreigners with HIV
  • Uruguay: New law allows same sex adoptions

HIV/AIDS IN THE COURTS – CANADA

  • Court decision extends long-term income support to those dependent on alcohol or drugs
  • Federal Court orders judicial review of Hungarian Roma man’s pre-removal risk assessment
  • Guatemalan man’s application for judicial review of negative assessment dismissed
  • Criminal law and cases of HIV transmission or exposure

In brief

  • Court strikes down restriction in medical marijuana program
  • Quebec tribunal allows dental assistant to request alternate tasks while breastfeeding to reduce risk of HIV infection

HIV/AIDS IN THE COURTS – INTERNATIONAL

  • India: Delhi High Court annuls law criminalizing adult homosexual relations
  • U.S.: Extended jail sentence of HIV-positive pregnant woman from Cameroon overturned
  • Constitutional Court of South Africa overturns lower court’s decision on the right to “sufficient water”
  • Rulings in Argentinean and Colombian courts decriminalize possession of small amounts of narcotics
  • Russia: Despite legislative and procedural barriers, HIV-positive woman fights for custody of ten-year old brother
  • Criminal law and cases of HIV transmission or exposure

In brief

  • Iran: Two world-renowned physicians working on HIV prevention incarcerated
  • South Africa: High Court orders law enforcement to stop arresting sex workers
  • Update: Senegal court overturns convictions against AIDS activists
  • Australia: Dismissal of gay blood donor complaint
  • Northern Ireland: HIV patient’s discrimination case settled

FIRST ANNUAL SYMPOSIUM ON HIV/AIDS, LAW AND HUMAN RIGHTS

  • Introduction
  • Criminalization of HIV transmission: poor public health policy
  • Panel: Canada’s law on global access to affordable medicines
  • Panel: Rights of people in prison to HIV prevention, treatment and care
  • Panel: Emerging issues in Canada’s drug policy – implications for HIV prevention and health promotion for people who use drugs
  • Panel: Challenging criminal charges for HIV transmission and exposure
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