HIV/AIDS Policy & Law Review 15(3) October 2011

HIV/AIDS Policy & Law Review 15(3) October 2011
FEATURE

CANADIAN DEVELOPMENTS

  • Senate stalling derails bill to fix Canada’s law on affordable generic medicines for developing countries
  • Ontario: study documents access and quality of care issues for women living with or vulnerable to HIV
  • Studies confirm effectiveness of harm reduction for people who inject drugs

In brief

  • British Columbia: forced testing legislation introduced
  • Special Diet Allowance changes in Ontario

INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENTS

  • Global: clinical trial shows dramatic reduction in transmission of HIV as a result of treatment
  • Global: commission on drug policy declares drug war a failure, urges reforms
  • UN: Political Declaration on HIV and AIDS aims to intensify efforts to combat the epidemic
  • USA: alliance of AIDS directors criticizes punitive laws against people living with HIV
  • Global: health federation issues ethics guidelines on forced female sterilization
  • Uganda’s anti-homosexuality bill fails, for now
  • France: recent immigration-related developments affecting persons suffering from serious illnesses

In brief

  • United Nations passes historic resolution to protect LGBT rights
  • United Kingdom: government compensates prisoners and former inmates for poor treatment
  • Cambodia: harsh new drug law threatens increased human rights violations

HIV/AIDS IN THE COURTS – CANADA

  • Federal Court rules that persons in Canada contrary to immigration laws have no right to health coverage
  • No tort for invasion of privacy, holds Ontario court
  • Ontario courts reaffirm right to marijuana for therapeutic purposes
  • Ontario court affirms negotiated settlement in class action suit over use of non-sterile equipment at tattoo parlour
  • Costs of compassion club marijuana to be covered
  • Criminal law and cases of HIV transmission or exposure

HIV/AIDS IN THE COURTS – INTERNATIONAL

  • Russia: European Court of Human Rights rules HIV-positive foreign national suffered discrimination
  • U.S. government’s “anti-prostitution” pledge deemed unconstitutional
  • Russia: district court upholds legal ban on opioid substitution treatment
  • India: High Court rules mandatory death penalty for drug crimes unconstitutional
  • Ireland: Press Ombudsman censures newspaper for spreading hatred of people who use drugs
  • South Africa: ANC Youth League President issues apology following conviction for hate speech
  • Criminal law and cases of HIV transmission or exposure

THIRD SYMPOSIUM ON HIV/AIDS, LAW AND HUMAN RIGHTS

  • Introduction
  • Panel: Lawyers’ perspectives on strategic litigation
  • Panel: Community activists’ perspectives on strategic litigation
  • Workshop: E-Leaks – the privacy of health information in the age of electronic information
  • Workshop: HIV and the Media
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