LGBTQ RIGHTS

LGBTQ Rights

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LGBTQ Rights

Overview

The linkage of HIV with homosexuality has created serious barriers to prevention and education initiatives since the beginning of the epidemic. The criminalization and marginalization of gay men and other sexual minorities in many countries handicap national HIV responses.

Examples of the impact of homophobia on responses to HIV, on HIV prevention, and on the care, support, and treatment of people living with HIV include the following:

  • Because HIV has primarily affected gay men and other marginalized populations, governments have been, and continue to be, less committed to fighting the disease.
  • Because many school systems remain reluctant to provide positive education about sexuality, young gay men are more vulnerable to contracting HIV.
  • Because of a fear of being identified as gay, some people may not seek (or may not seek early enough) testing for HIV, or care, support and treatment for HIV-related illnesses.

Our work includes making recommendations to legislators, policy-makers, UN human rights bodies, and other stakeholders on how discrimination against gay men and other sexual minorities — including, but not limited to, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, intersex, and two-spirited people — could be decreased, and prevention and care efforts in the area of HIV improved.


News release: New report makes recommendations on supervised consumption services in Canada

TORONTO, February 20, 2019 — In the midst of a growing overdose crisis, more than 75 health and human rights organizations have signed a letter to the federal government calling for a much-needed “class exemption” to protect clients and staff of supervised consumption services (SCS) from prosecution for drug offences when accessing or providing those […]

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Letter to federal ministers regarding Overdue for a Change

On February 20, the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network distributed the full report of Overdue for a Change: Scaling Up Supervised Consumption Sites in Canada. This report builds on the summary released in December 2018 and includes recommendations for actions the federal, provincial, territorial and municipal governments can take immediately to address the current overdose crisis. The […]

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Overdue for a Change: Scaling up Supervised Consumption Services in Canada – Full report

The Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network is pleased to share with you the full report of Overdue for a Change: Scaling Up Supervised Consumption Services in Canada. This report documents a research project that was undertaken in 2018 to explore the current state of supervised consumption services (SCS) in Canada, to monitor legal and policy changes affecting […]

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Supporting Health and Human Rights in Drug Policy: Brief to the Minister of Health and Canadian Delegation to the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs

Prepared for the 62nd session of the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs and its High-Level Ministerial Segment Canadian Civil Society Working Group on UN Drug Policy January 21, 2019 The High-Level Ministerial Segment of the 62nd Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) in Vienna on March 14th and 15th is the next significant meeting of UN […]

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Ending Unjust HIV Prosecutions in British Columbia: Modernizing prosecutorial policy

Submission to the Attorney General of British Columbia January 2019 The Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network submits this brief to supplement previous correspondence and submissions to the Honourable David Eby, Attorney General of British Columbia, for the purpose of assisting with the development of a directive from the Attorney General to the British Columbia Prosecution Service […]

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Statement: Religious beliefs must not interfere with patients’ rights to accessible health care

The Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network, the Canadian Professional Association for Transgender Health (CPATH) and the HIV & AIDS Legal Clinic Ontario (HALCO), are jointly intervening in a landmark case before the Court of Appeal for Ontario regarding whether doctors can put their personal religious beliefs ahead of patients’ rights to health care. The case will […]

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STATEMENT: Reverting to an Outdated Sexual Education Curriculum Violates Charter Rights of Ontarians

January 8, 2019 — The Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network and the HIV & AIDS Legal Clinic Ontario have been granted intervener status in the challenge to the Government of Ontario’s decision to revert to an outdated sexual education curriculum. The challenge, brought forward by the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario and an Ontario teacher, will […]

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Overdue for a Change: Scaling up Supervised Consumption Services in Canada

The Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network is pleased to share with you Overdue for a Change: Scaling Up Supervised Consumption Services in Canada. Our summary brief describes the key findings and recommendations of a research project that was undertaken in 2018 to explore the current state of supervised consumption services (SCS) in Canada, to monitor legal […]

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Intimate Conviction: Examining the Church and Anti-Sodomy Laws across the Commonwealth

  In October 2017, The Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network and Anglicans for Decriminalization hosted a two-day conference examining the role of the Church in anti-sodomy laws across the Commonwealth. The conference, Intimate Conviction, was a groundbreaking gathering that brought together activists, church officials, and politicians from around the world for an inspiring discussion. Now, to […]

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Human Rights Day – December 10

On December 10, 1948, the United Nations formally adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. And on every anniversary since then, the world has marked Human Rights Day. This Declaration of Human Rights proclaims that everyone, regardless of “race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other […]

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Moving to End Unjust HIV Prosecutions

December 1, 2018 — Today, on World AIDS Day, federal Attorney General Jody Wilson-Raybould announced a new directive to help limit unjust prosecutions against people living with HIV in Canada. This new directive, which comes after years of advocacy by the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network and many partner organizations, is consistent with Justice Canada’s own […]

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Canada Must Act Now to Prevent Unjust HIV Prosecutions

With World AIDS Day just days away, over 100 health and human rights organizations are collectively calling on the federal government to take immediate action, in consultation with experts and people living with HIV, to end the overly broad use of the criminal law against people living with HIV.

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Raise Your Voice: Annual Report 2017-2018

Highlights of our work in Canada and around the world from April 1, 2017, to March 31, 2018.

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Statement: Canada Must Adopt a Human Rights-Based Approach to Drug Policy

November 22, 2018 – We, the undersigned, believe that Canada must commit to reducing the harms caused by its current drug laws. In response to Health Canada’s request for input on how to strengthen the federal government’s approach to substance use issues through the Canadian Drugs and Substances Strategy (CDSS), our organizations are calling upon […]

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Media Advisory – Intimate Conviction Volume Launch in Barbados

CAVE HILL, November 14, 2018 — One year after the groundbreaking “Intimate Conviction” conference, which examined the role of the church in establishing and maintaining anti-gay laws in Commonwealth countries, an edited volume of some of the conference presentations is now available. The volume will serve as an important tool to assist in the repeal […]

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Statement: Jamaican Court of Appeal Gives Human Rights a Back Seat

November 9, 2018 — “After a nearly two-year delay, the constitutional challenge to Jamaica’s anti-sodomy law looks set to finally restart. The case was effectively suspended while the Jamaican Supreme Court waited for the Court of Appeal to decide whether the Public Defender could join the matter as an interested party. In a heavily criticized […]

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Limiting HIV prosecutions: Nice talk, but little action

November 5, 2018 It’s past time for action by the federal government. On World AIDS Day 2016, the federal Justice Minister declared that Canada must address the “overcriminalization of HIV” that contributes to HIV stigma and undermines public health. She also committed to working with the provinces, affected communities and medical professionals to this end. […]

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Open letter to Ontario Minister of Health about the newly proposed “Consumption and Treatment Services” model

October 31, 2018 Dear Minister Elliott: We write to you as organizations concerned about the health and welfare of some of the most vulnerable Ontarians, in response to the October 22 announcement that your government plans to replace supervised consumption sites (SCS) and low-barrier overdose prevention sites (OPS) with “Consumption and Treatment Services.”

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Open Letter to Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould

“Dear Minister: Re: Commitment to take action to end “overcriminalization of HIV” in Canada? I write further to our letter of August 3rd and following recent discussions with representatives of your office and of your department regarding measures your government could take to follow through on your previously stated concern about the overly broad use […]

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Statement: Legal regulation of cannabis a welcome step forward

October 17, 2018 — Today marks an important step forward in Canada’s drug policy, as the legal regulation of cannabis for non-medical purposes takes effect. The Legal Network welcomes this important development toward sensible drug policy, but more must be done to uphold the health and human rights of people who use drugs in this […]

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Intimate Conviction launch – Toronto

Join us on November 5 for an event to celebrate the launch of our book, Intimate Conviction: Examining the Church and Anti-Sodomy Laws Across the Commonwealth. This volume contains the texts of some of the presentations from our groundbreaking summit held in Jamaica last year. The event will feature speakers, food and lively conversations about the […]

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Religious leaders call on governments across the Caribbean to repeal anti-LGBT laws

KINGSTON, Jamaica October 4, 2018 — Laws that criminalize consensual same-sex intimacy exist in a majority of Commonwealth countries, an unwelcome holdover from colonization — despite the fact that such laws have been long since repealed in the United Kingdom. But repealing these laws has proven difficult in some countries as they continue to be […]

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Media advisory: Groundbreaking Intimate Conviction volume demonstrates commitment of global faith leaders to LGBTQ rights

Kingston, Jamaica October 2, 2018 — One year after the groundbreaking “Intimate Conviction” conference, which examined the role of the church in establishing and maintaining anti-gay laws in Commonwealth countries, an edited volume of some of the conference presentations is now available. Being launched in Kingston, the volume will serve as an important tool to […]

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Women Deprived of Liberty Due to Drug-Related Offences in Canada

Submission to the United Nations Working Group on the issue of discrimination against women in law and in practice. The Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network (“Legal Network”) welcomes this opportunity to provide comments to the United Nations Working Group on discrimination against women in law and in practice (“Working Group”) on the issue of women deprived […]

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Ben Whynot

Ben Whynot joined the Board of Directors of the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network in 2018. He has worked in the public policy field for ten years, including roles with the Legislative Assembly of Alberta and the University of Alberta’s government relations team. He is proud to be a member of the Alberta Public Service and […]

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Leslie Hill

Leslie Hill has been the Executive Director of HIV Community Link since 2015. Prior to this appointment, she brings 15 years of experience serving a diversity of populations experiencing vulnerabilities in substance use, homelessness, mental health, community development and domestic violence in non-profit environments. Leslie is passionate about harm reduction, evidence-based programming and policies, and […]

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News Release: International experts release new report on responsible regulation of drugs

TORONTO, September 24, 2018 — The Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network welcomes the new report, Regulation: the responsible control of drugs, published today by the Global Commission on Drug Policy, and calls on the federal government to study it carefully as Canada continues to struggle with an unabated crisis of overdose deaths.

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Improve Access to Naloxone in Federal Prisons

There is an opioid overdose crisis in Canada. In 2017, a record 3,987 people in Canada died of apparent opioid overdoses, an increase of nearly 34% from 2,978 in 2016. As in the community as a whole, an increasing number of prisoners are overdosing — sometimes fatally — behind bars. Naloxone can temporarily reverse an […]

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Support life-saving supervised consumption and overdose prevention sites: Open letter to Premier Doug Ford and Health Minister Christine Elliott

Tomorrow, August 31, marks International Overdose Awareness Day. The epidemic of overdose deaths continues to take a staggering toll, underscoring the need to challenge the deadly stigma surrounding drug use and to revisit the failed approach of criminalizing drug use and imprisoning people who use drugs. But in Ontario this year, the government appears intent […]

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Brief to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights on Human Trafficking in Canada

“Exploitation within the sex industry, including human trafficking, is of great concern to sex workers and to allied groups such as the Legal Network working to uphold sex workers’ human rights. However, anti-trafficking policies must be based on evidence and human rights — not ideological positions on sex work or moral panic.”

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International Prisoners’ Justice Day

By Sandra Ka Hon Chu, Director of Policy and Advocacy International Prisoners’ Justice Day, observed every August 10, is a chance for people to reflect on what it truly means to be incarcerated in our country. Prisoners are not fundamentally different from us and remain members of our communities who are entitled to human rights. […]

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Bringing science to justice: historic announcement at AIDS 2018

  July 25, 2018 Today we welcome an important development in the ongoing fight against HIV criminalization in Canada and around the globe.  At the 22nd International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2018), underway this week in Amsterdam, 20 of the world’s leading HIV scientists published a peer-reviewed “Expert Consensus Statement on the Science of HIV in the […]

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Media Statement: Groundbreaking consensus on HIV criminalization released by world scientific experts at International AIDS Conference

July 25, 2018 — Today, at the 22nd International AIDS Conference underway in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, 20 eminent world scientists — including two leading Canadian researchers — released a groundbreaking Expert Consensus Statement providing their conclusive opinion on the low-to-no possibility of a person living with HIV transmitting the virus in various situations, including via […]

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Immigration and Travel to Canada for People Living with HIV: Questions and Answers

People living with HIV are allowed to travel to Canada. However, HIV status is one factor considered by the Government of Canada when deciding if a person can stay in Canada for an extended period of time. This Q&A provides information on how Canadian immigration law and policy affect people living with HIV who wish […]

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Comments on Recommendations from Canada’s Third Universal Periodic Review (UPR)

The Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network welcomes this opportunity to provide comments on recommendations that Canada has received during its third Universal Periodic Review (UPR), which took place on May 11, 2018. In this brief, the Legal Network provides comments on priority recommendations that Canada should consider accepting of the 299 recommendations received during the UPR. […]

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Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network in the Caribbean

Why the Caribbean? And why LGBTI human rights? As a region, the Caribbean has the second-highest HIV prevalence rate in the world, after sub-Saharan Africa. UNAIDS and regional and national agencies have identified homophobia as a factor contributing to this troubling statistic. In numerous countries, particularly the Commonwealth Caribbean, the criminalization of consensual same-sex relationships […]

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Prison-Based Needle and Syringe Programs: Myths and Facts

As the first PSNPs are set to begin, we’re seeing a lot of incorrect information being circulated by opponents of these programs. In this fact sheet, the Legal Network looks to dispel some of the common myths.

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Legal Network submissions to 48th OAS General Assembly

From June 3-5, 2018 the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network participated in the 48th General Assembly (GA) of the Organization of American States (OAS) held in Washington D.C. Unlike most other OAS GAs, there was no central theme for the this gathering and so many issues were open for discussion.  The Legal Network therefore collaborated with other civil society organizations working on similar issues, including LGBTI human rights, sex worker rights, drug use […]

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OAS Resolution on Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Expression – Ten Years On

By Maurice Tomlinson, Senior Policy Analyst, Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network Maurice Tomlinson presenting the IACHR Rapporteur on LGBTI people, Flavia Piovesan, with a copy of our work in the Caribbean On June 5, the 48th General Assembly of the Organization of American States (OAS) adopted another annual resolution on Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Expression.  […]

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Media advisory: Vital community dialogue about HIV criminalization and the way forward

TORONTO June 13, 2018 — Canada (and Ontario) has the dubious distinction of having one of the highest rates of criminalizing people living with HIV in the world. As Pride Toronto marks 35 years of AIDS activism this Pride Month, and with the results of last week’s provincial election creating uncertainty about the future of […]

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Drug Policy and Human Rights: The Canadian Context and Recommendations to OHCHR

“Repressive drug control laws and policies around the world have fueled the HIV and hepatitis C (HCV) epidemics and contributed to mounting human rights violations against people who use drugs. The upcoming Ministerial Segment of the 62nd session of the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) in March 2019 represents another important opportunity for Member […]

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Barbados Challenge Q&A

Three Barbadians — a trans woman, a lesbian and a gay man — have filed a petition against Barbados before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) challenging  laws criminalizing “buggery” and other intimacy between consenting partners, including partners of the same-sex, as violating numerous rights guaranteed in the American Convention on Human Rights. This […]

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News release: Challenge launched against two sections of Barbados’ discriminatory sexual offences act

Three Barbadians — a trans woman, a lesbian and a gay man — are filing today a petition against Barbados before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) challenging laws criminalising “buggery” and other intimacy between consenting partners, including same-sex partners, as violating numerous rights guaranteed in the American Convention on Human Rights. The IACHR […]

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Media advisory: Launch of challenge to Barbadian laws criminalizing LGBTQ people

Three Barbadians — a trans woman, a lesbian and a gay man — will file a petition against Barbados on June 6 before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) challenging laws criminalizing “buggery” and other intimacy between consenting partners, including same-sex partners, as violating numerous rights guaranteed in the American Convention on Human Rights.

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Submission to the Global Commission on HIV and the Law

The Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network promotes the human rights of people living with, at risk of or affected by HIV or AIDS, in Canada and internationally, through research and analysis, litigation and other advocacy, public education and community mobilization. Since the 2012 publication of the final report of the Global Commission on HIV and the […]

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Statement: Advocates welcome major concessions in Government of Canada’s prison needle exchange announcement

May 14, 2018 — Today, Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale and Correctional Services Canada (CSC) Interim Commissioner Anne Kelly quietly announced a prison needle exchange program (PNSP) to be implemented in two federal prisons. Many prisoners, public health experts and advocates, including the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network, have fought for more than 20 years for […]

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Joint Statement of Civil Society Organizations in advance of the Thirty-Ninth Meeting of the Global Fund Board

“On the 9th – 10th of May 2018, the Global Fund’s Board will consider revisions to the Fund’s Eligibility Policy based upon recommendations from its Strategy Committee. While some of these recommendations are positive, others raise serious concerns. By this Statement we – the organizations representing civil society and including communities of people living with […]

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Health care in provincial correctional facilities – Joint submission to the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services

This submission by the Legal Network, HALCO and PASAN details the rights of prisoners to the equivalent access to health care as people in the community and urges the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services to ensure these rights. We call on the Ministries to make […]

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Racism and Prejudice Have No Place in City Hall – A Message to Toronto City Council

Last month, representatives from holistic practitioner, sex worker and human rights organizations gathered in Committee Room 1 at Toronto City Hall to make deputations to the Municipal and Licensing Standards Committee about the bylaws governing holistic practitioners and body-rub providers. The meeting was prompted by a study of licensing for holistic centres and body-rub parlours, […]

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A flawed breach of justice: Bill C-66

Bill C-66, An Act to establish a procedure for expunging certain historically unjust convictions and to make related amendments to other Acts, is a long-overdue effort by the Government of Canada to correct the historical, systemic oppression of gender and sexual minorities. In its current form, Bill C-66 is fundamentally flawed. This bill was drafted […]

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Submission to the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada Regarding its Draft Position on Online Reputation

This submission is made jointly by the HIV & AIDS Legal Clinic Ontario (HALCO) and the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network in response to the call for comments from the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada on its Draft Position on Online Reputation. The rapid proliferation of personal information online, driven by the monetization of […]

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Ron Rosenes Submission to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Human Rights

The 1981 bathhouse raids in Toronto were a brutal attack by the police force on members of a marginalized community. On February 5th of that year, four bathhouses were simultaneously raided by police, who arrested and humiliated the men inside. These men had done nothing wrong, but some were convicted of being “found-ins at a […]

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Media advisory: Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network marks 25 years of rights and resistance

For 25 years, the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network has been defending and advancing human rights in response to HIV, in Canada and globally. This milestone will be commemorated in Vancouver on Friday, April 27, with a reception attended by former Legal Network board president and current B.C. Attorney General, the Hon. David Eby.

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Brief to the Standing Senate Committee regarding Bill C-66, An Act to establish a procedure for expunging certain historically unjust convictions and to make related amendments to other Acts

While Bill C-66, An Act to establish a procedure for expunging certain historically unjust convictions and to make related amendments to other Acts (“Bill C-66”), was described by Member of Parliament Randy Boissonnault as a law intended to address criminal offences that were used “to victimize LGBTQ2S+ people systematically,” the Legal Network and HALCO are […]

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A Modest Advance on Medical Inadmissability

Today, after years of advocacy by HIV, disability and migrant rights organizations, the Minister of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship announced changes to the rules that exclude would-be residents of Canada based on projected “excessive demand” on health and social services. These changes, however, fall far short of the full repeal of the current flawed, discriminatory […]

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The Missing Millions, the Government of Canada and HIV

As community organizations are closing, the federal government presides over the continued steady erosion of federal HIV funding, with $104 million in funds lost from the response.

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The Missing Millions: Stopping and Reversing the Steady Erosion of Federal HIV Funding

In recent years, the Government of Canada has renewed a commitment to ongoing dialogue and constructive engagement with civil society in the response to HIV, hepatitis C virus (HCV) and other sexually transmitted and blood-borne infections (STBBIs). In response to calls from national HIV organizations, the federal government—in collaboration with provincial and territorial governments, researchers […]

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A Roadmap for Change: Charting the Future of HIV Criminalization Advocacy

On December 1, 2017, after years of advocacy by community organizations, the federal and Ontario governments recognized the need to limit the “overcriminalization of HIV.” Both governments acknowledged that criminal prosecution for alleged HIV non-disclosure is not warranted where a person living with HIV had a “suppressed viral load” (i.e., less than 200 copies of HIV/ml of blood) because such an individual poses no “realistic possibility” of transmitting the virus—the Supreme Court’s legal test for whether a duty to disclose existed. These developments have the potential to affect the lives of people living with HIV across Canada by curtailing the reach of the criminal law—but much more is still needed.

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Statement: High Court of Trinidad and Tobago strikes down longstanding buggery law

Today, in an historic decision, the High Court of Trinidad and Tobago has struck down as unconstitutional the longstanding, homophobic “buggery” law, most often used to criminalize same-sex intimacy between consenting adults. The Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network is thrilled to congratulate our friends, colleagues and fellow activists, all of whom have worked tirelessly for this […]

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Maurice Tomlinson Speaks to HOC Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration

OTTAWA, March 27, 2018 – Today, Maurice Tomlinson, Senior Policy Advisor with the Legal Network, spoke to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration about his personal experience of immigrating to Canada and shared recommendations for improving the process for LGBTQ refugee claimants. Click below to download the text of his oral […]

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Brief to HoC Standing Committee on IRB appointment training and complaint process

“By some estimates, approximately 400 million LGBT persons live under the threat of criminal imprisonment or even death in their home country. The Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB) is faced with thousands of refugee claimants each year trying to escape persecution in their home country simply because of their sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. While strides have been made to improve the cultural sensitivity of IRB members, more could be done to enhance the cultural competence of IRB members—charged with making decisions about the lives of LGBT persons seeking asylum in Canada.”

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You’re invited! 25 Years: Rights + Resistance (Vancouver)

YOU’RE INVITED
25 Years: Rights + Resistance
Celebrating a quarter-century of defending and advancing human rights in response to HIV
Special guest: David Eby, BC Attorney General and past Legal Network president
April 27, 2018
5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
The Westin Bayshore Hotel (Marine Room)
Vancouver, Canada
RSVP
25AIDSLAW.EVENTBRITE.CA

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Open Letter to the Liberal Party of Canada – Decriminalize Sex Work: Support Resolution #2764

It is now well recognized, not just by sex workers but by a wide range of human rights organizations including Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, the Global Alliance Against Traffic in Women, and the Center for Health and Gender Equity, United Nations bodies such as the UN Development Programme, the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS, […]

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Modernizing drug policy: What helps and what goes against it – Case studies

Side event at the 61st Session of the CND Tuesday 13th March, 9:00 to 9:50, Conference Room MOE79 Organised by the Fédération Bruxelloise des Institutions pour Toxicomanes, the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network, the International Drug Policy Consortium and Agencia Piaget para o Desenvolvimento The side event will focus on the range of factors which contribute […]

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TIME TO ACT ON HARM REDUCTION PROMISES: Open Letter to the Liberal Party of Canada

Drug policy is at a critical juncture in Canada, and we need our elected representatives to put even greater emphasis on public health objectives and outcomes, respecting human rights for all. Welcome steps have been taken on this front following the 2015 election, including restoring harm reduction as a key pillar of Canada’s drug strategy, […]

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Megan Long

Communications Specialist Megan joined the Legal Network in March 2018. At the Legal Network, Megan manages the production of written materials, including print and electronic publications; leads the writing and editing of said materials; helps develop, implement and evaluate the Legal Network’s activities in advocacy, member and stakeholder relations, and public communications. She also manages […]

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Barbados police must take action to protect Trans activist

The following blog post contains images and descriptions of violence against LGBTQI people which may be upsetting. By Maurice Tomlinson, Senior Policy Analyst The Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network joins Barbadian organizations and individuals in calling for immediate police action in the recent savage attack against local transgender activist Alexa Hoffmann. On the morning of Sunday, […]

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Appointment of the next Commissioner of the Correctional Service of Canada

In February 2018, the Commissioner of the Correctional Service of Canada retired. The Legal Network sent a letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Ralph Goodale, and Clerk of the Privy Council Michael Wernick to tell them the appointment of a new CSC Commissioner presents a key opportunity to promote […]

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Statement: It is time to end Canada’s excessive demand regime

The Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network stands in support of the Private Member’s Bill to repeal Section 38(1)(c) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA)—which we called for before the Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration last November. We hope that Parliamentarians from all parties will vote in favour of this proposal.

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Comments on Canada’s Draft Third Report Under the Universal Periodic Review (UPR)

In this brief, the Legal Network provides information about Canada’s implementation of its international human rights obligations as raised in the draft report, organized under subheadings included in the draft report. It expands on issues presented in the Legal Network’s Submission to the United Nations Human Rights Council’s UPR Working Group in advance of the […]

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Respect, Protect, Fulfill: A Human Rights Response to HIV

The Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network’s strategic plan, Respect, Protect, Fulfill: A Human Rights Response to HIV sets out the goals for the organization over the next five years.

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Open letter to Victoria Atkins, MP

The Legal Network, Canadian Drug Policy Coalition and International Centre for Science in Drug Policy issued a joint letter to Ms. Victoria Atkins, MP, and Parliamentary Under-Secretary to the UK Home Office, regarding comments made during a Parliamentary debate about Drug Consumption Rooms.

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A Global Reaction to Stop the Spread of Hate

Thanks to the work of local activists, supported by the voices of people and organizations—including the Legal Network—opposed to hate in all its forms, an American hate-preacher was prevented from spreading his murderous message in Jamaica. Initially, it looked as if the efforts would be for naught. Steven Anderson, an American extremist Christian “pastor” who […]

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Statement: HIV and human rights organizations applaud court ruling on doctors claiming right to discriminate on religious beliefs

The Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network, the HIV & AIDS Legal Clinic Ontario (HALCO) and the Canadian Professional Association for Transgender Health (CPATH), welcome today’s decision by Ontario’s Superior Court of Justice (Divisional Court) regarding whether doctors can put their personal religious beliefs ahead of patients’ rights to health care. As we argued before the court, […]

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Brief to the Standing Committee on the Status of Women: The need for drug policy reform and comprehensive prison-based harm reduction

The Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network, Prisoners with HIV/AIDS Support Action Network, CATIE and the Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network work to promote the human rights of people living with, at risk of or affected by HIV and hepatitis C (HCV), including Indigenous women in prison. We appreciate the opportunity to make this submission on Indigenous women […]

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Open letter to the Government of Jamaica

Individuals and organizations working to help Jamaica achieve its domestic and international human rights obligations are sending an open letter to the Government of Jamaica, asking them to bar American preacher Steven Anderson from entering the country. Anderson has a record of making anti-LGBTQI, anti-women and anti-Semitic comments. His organization, the Faithful Word Baptist Church, has […]

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100 Organizations Concerned with Health Sign Open Letter to Canadian, Mexican and U.S. Ministers of Health and Trade Urging That the NAFTA Renegotiation Not Undermine Access to Affordable Medicines

The Legal Network joined organizations across North America to call for a re-negotiated NAFTA to protect access to affordable medicine.

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Federal Court Judgement: A.B. and Minister of Citizenship and Immigration and the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network

Judgement issued by The Honourable Mr. Justice Ahmed on December 19, 2017.

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Joint Legal Network/HALCO Factum: A.B. and Minister of Citizenship and Immigration

This is an application for judicial review of the decision of the Immigration Appeal Division (“IAD”) to refuse the Applicant A.B.’s appeal to sponsor her parents due to her father’s medical inadmissibility for excessive demand on health services.

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РАСШИРЕНИЕ ПОТЕНЦИАЛА КЛЮЧЕВЫХ ГРУПП В ПРЕОДОЛЕНИИ ПРАВОВЫХ БАРЬЕРОВ В КОНТЕКСТЕ ПРОФИЛАКТИКИ, ЛЕЧЕНИЯ И УХОДА ПРИ ВИЧ/СПИД В РОССИИ

МОНИТОРИНГ И ОЦЕНКА ТЕХНИЧЕСКОЙ ПОДДЕРЖКИ ПО ВОПРОСАМ ПРЕОДОЛЕНИЯ ПРАВОВЫХ БАРЬЕРОВ И УКРЕПЛЕНИЯ СИСТЕМ СООБЩЕСТВ В РОССИИ, ОКАЗАННОЙ КЛЮЧЕВЫМ ГРУППАМ НАСЕЛЕНИЯ И ПРОЕКТАМ ПРОТИВОДЕЙСТВИЯ ВИЧ/СПИДУ

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(Français) La pénalisation du VIH en Afrique francophone : état des lieux

Sorry, this entry is only available in French.

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Good Samaritan Drug Overdose Act Wallet Cards now available

With Canada’s fatal overdose crisis still surging, the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network, in collaboration with the Waterloo Region Crime Prevention Council, issued 50,000 wallet-size cards with vital information about the 2017 Good Samaritan Drug Overdose Act. The cards and an accompanying fact sheet will be provided to people who use drugs, service providers and volunteer […]

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See an overdose? Call 911 immediately

With Canada’s fatal overdose crisis still surging, the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network, in collaboration with the Waterloo Region Crime Prevention Council, issued 50,000 wallet-size cards with vital information about the 2017 Good Samaritan Drug Overdose Act. The cards and an accompanying fact sheet will be provided to people who use drugs, service providers and volunteer […]

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Adequately funding Canada’s federal HIV strategy

An open letter, sent on December 20, 2016 to Prime Minister Trudeau, Finance Minister Bill Morneau and then Health Minister Jane Philpott to draw attention to a serious, ongoing challenge to the HIV response in Canada. Over the last decade, there has been a very substantial loss of federal funds that were to have been […]

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An important, modest advance on World AIDS Day

Today, after years of advocacy by community organizations, both the federal and Ontario governments have finally recognized the need to limit the “overcriminalization of HIV” in Canada. They have each taken a first step toward that end—specifically, by recognizing that a person living with HIV who has a suppressed viral load should not be criminally […]

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Time to Act: Over 150 Organizations Across Canada Call on Federal and Provincial Governments to End Unjust Criminalization of HIV

With World AIDS Day just a few days away, the Canadian Coalition to Reform HIV Criminalization (CCRHC) has released a joint Community Consensus Statement endorsed by over 150 organizations across the country, from the HIV sector and beyond. Developed through several months of cross-country consultation, the statement shows clear consensus against the current overly broad […]

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Representatives from the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network and the HIV & AIDS Legal Clinic Ontario to speak to House of Commons Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration

OTTAWA November 17, 2017 — Under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (“IRPA”), foreign nationals are inadmissible to Canada if their health condition might reasonably be expected to cause an “excessive demand” on health or social services, or if they have an inadmissible family member. Due to the high cost of antiretroviral medications, people living […]

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One Week in Jamaica: Celebrating LGBTQI lives and local leadership

Maurice Tomlinson’s 2017 Montego Bay Pride video diary In October, the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network helped launch Intimate Conviction, a two-day international conference examining the Church and anti-gay laws across the Commonwealth, and supported a new generation of local LGBTQI leaders to organize the third successful Montego Bay Pride, with more than 850 people participating. […]

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Submission to the House of Commons’ Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration in relation to its study of Federal Government Policies and Guidelines Regarding Medical Inadmissibility of Immigrants

The Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (“IRPA”) stipulates that foreign nationals are inadmissible to Canada on health grounds if their health condition might reasonably be expected to cause an “excessive demand” on health or social services, or if they have an inadmissible family member (i.e., an inadmissible spouse or dependent child). In this submission, we will […]

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Respect, Protect, Fulfill: A human rights response to HIV: Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network Strategic Plan 2017–2022

In 2016, we undertook a planning process to set our strategic directions for the next five years (2017–2022), including seeking the input of our members, key partners and supporters. This is a summary of the Legal Network’s 2017–2022 strategic plan.

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25 Years: Rights + Resistance

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Montego Bay Pride 2017: “Pride is where I can be free and truly express myself without fear”

By Maurice Tomlinson, Senior Policy Analyst, Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network October 24, 2017 For the third year in a row the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network collaborated with local and international partners to host a successful and incident-free Montego Bay Pride! Starting with about 150 participants in 2015, Montego Bay Pride expanded to over 300 people […]

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Towards a New NAFTA: Safeguarding Public Health and Access to Medicines: Submission to the House of Commons Standing Committee on International Trade

“The Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network welcomes this opportunity to provide submissions to the House of Commons Standing Committee on International Trade (the “Committee”) as part of its upcoming consultations regarding the priorities of Canadian stakeholders having an interest in bilateral and trilateral trade in North America between Canada, the United States and Mexico. “Given the […]

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LGBTQI Jamaicans paint a bridge to the police

By Maurice Tomlinson, Senior Policy Analyst, Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network October 19, 2017 In 2010, I received an email from a stranger who promised to kill me if I continued to advocate for LGBTQI human rights in Jamaica. I was urged to go to the police and make a report — the first time I […]

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TURN OFF THE SPOTLIGHT: Sex workers and allies urge an end to Operation Northern Spotlight

October 19, 2017, Canada – As part of the hunt for people who “exploit” or purchase services from sex workers, police forces across Canada held their yearly raids between October 11–15 on sex work establishments that they call Operation Northern Spotlight. These operations include intrusive and intimidating visits to sex workers to their homes and […]

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As Battle Over NAFTA Investor Protections Heats Up, Trinational Coalition Delivers 400,000 Petitions Demanding Elimination of Corporate Rights and Tribunals

WASHINGTON, D.C., October 11, 2017 – Growing public opposition to the expansive corporate privileges at the heart of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) took centre stage as the fourth round of NAFTA talks began today in Washington, D.C. U.S., Mexican and Canadian civil society organizations delivered more than 400,000 petitions demanding that NAFTA’s […]

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Submission to the United Nations Human Rights Council Universal Periodic Review Working Group: Third Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of Canada

The Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network makes this submission to the United Nations Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Working Group in advance of the third review of Canada, to take place in April/May 2018. In this submission, the Legal Network describes four key areas requiring action from the government of Canada to fulfill the […]

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Good Samaritans vs. Bureaucrats: Which Side Are You On?

Why “pop-up” overdose prevention sites are a legally justifiable and morally necessary response to the opioid overdose crisis and government inaction.

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Submission to Court of Appeal of Jamaica in M. Tomlinson v. Television Jamaica Ltd. and CVM Television Ltd.

An appeal against the judgement of the Full Court of Jamaica delivered on November 12, 2013, in which the learned Justices dismissed the Appellant Maurice Tomlinson’s claim for constitutional redress brought against the 1st and 2nd Respondents, Television Jamaica Ltd. and CVM Television Ltd., respectively.

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Parallel Submission for 62 Session with Respect to Russia

Full title: Parallel Submission for 62 Session with respect to Russia in addition to the Shadow Report to the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights concerning the access of people who inject drugs to drug treatment and HIV prevention, care and treatment programs This document presents information gathered for the Committee by the Public Mechanism […]

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RETHINKING JUSTICE: 7th Symposium on HIV, Law and Human Rights: Report

Since 2009, the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network has organized a number of symposia on HIV, Law and Human Rights. The issue of criminalization of HIV non-disclosure has been and remains an ongoing issue of concern to people living with HIV, community organizations, service providers and human rights advocates; therefore, it has been the subject of […]

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Legally Empowering Key Populations in Russia in the Context of HIV Prevention, Treatment and Care

Monitoring and Evaluation of Technical Assistance to Key Populations And HIV Projects in Russia in Removing Legal Barriers and Community Systems Strengthening Since June 2015, Russia’s non-governmental organizations and community-based organizations working on HIV issues have been implementing a three-year project titled “Improving access to HIV prevention, treatment and care services for key populations in […]

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UN rights experts criticize Canada’s failure to end racist drug policies affecting Black and Indigenous people

TORONTO, August 28, 2017 — The Government of Canada must take immediate steps to implement recommendations by the United Nations’ highest body for combatting racism calling for an end to punitive drug policies that disproportionately impact Black and Indigenous Peoples, the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network said today. In its Concluding Observations on its review of […]

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Protecting the Human Rights of People Living with or at Risk of HIV in the Criminal Law: Submission to the Department of Justice

“The Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network (“Legal Network”) welcomes this opportunity to provide submissions to the Department of Justice on how the Canadian criminal law should be transformed. “In this submission, the Legal Network sets out its concerns about Canada’s criminal justice system, focusing on (i) the overly broad criminalization of HIV non-disclosure; (ii) the criminalization […]

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Concerns from the health community regarding proposed next steps in the TPP11

Canada continues to engage in discussions about reviving the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), even though the US has now withdrawn. The Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network has joined with other civil society organizations to release an open letter to the governments of the remaining TPP countries, calling on them to abandon the TPP in its current form.

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Recomendaciones a Canadá: Presentación al Comité de la ONU para la Eliminación de la Discriminación Racial

Las minorías raciales son desproporcionadamente acusadas, procesadas y encarceladas en Canadá usando leyes que criminalizan a las personas que usan drogas y quitándoles sus derechos a un trato igualitario en el sistema de justicia, a su seguridad como persona y a los servicios de salud y sociales. El hecho que Canadá no ofrezca a los […]

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Recommendations to Canada: Submission to the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

Racialized communities are disproportionately charged, prosecuted and incarcerated in Canada under laws that criminalize people who use drugs, depriving them of their rights to equal treatment in the justice system, to security of the person, and to health and social services. Canada’s failure to provide prisoners, who are disproportionately Indigenous and Black, with equivalent access […]

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Towards a New NAFTA: Safeguarding Public Health and Access to Medicines: Submission to Global Affairs Canada

“The Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network welcomes this opportunity to provide submissions to Global Affairs Canada on the scope of the renegotiation and modernization of the existing North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). “Given the potential impact, domestically and globally, of a new trade agreement between Canada, the United States and Mexico, this briefing focuses on how […]

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Mandatory Minimum Incarceration for Drug Offences: Bad public policy: Submission to the Department of Justice

“There is no evidence that mandatory prison time for people convicted of drug offences reduces the problems associated with drug use, or drug use itself. “At the same time, there is a growing body of evidence that mandatory minimum sentences wreak terrible damage on individuals (particularly those who are dependent on drugs), families and communities, […]

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New report from Canada’s Drug Futures Forum outlines recommendations for the next decade of drug policy in Canada

Toronto, Canada (July 14, 2017) — Against the backdrop of a national opioid overdose crisis and the fracturing of the global consensus on criminalization-based drug policies, over 200 participants met in Ottawa at Canada’s Drug Futures Forum in April 2017 to produce a ten-year agenda for the future of Canadian drug policy. A new report […]

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Review of Canada’s Compliance with the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination

“The Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network submits this briefing to the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination in advance of its review of the periodic report of Canada, held during its 93rd session from July 31 to August 25, 2017. “[T]he Legal Network has focused this briefing on its concerns about Canada’s implementation of […]

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UN day against “drug abuse” gets it all wrong

By Nicholas Caivano, Policy Analyst, and Richard Elliott, Executive Director, Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network June 29, 2017 As the world again marks the United Nation’s “International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking,” too many UN member states are still missing the point — namely, that drugs are primarily a health issue and not a […]

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Brief to the Standing Senate Committee on Human Rights regarding its study on human rights of prisoners in the correctional system

The public health and human rights rationale for prison-based needle and syringe programs  Programs that ensure access to sterile injecting equipment are an important component of a comprehensive approach to reducing the vulnerability of prisoners to HIV and HCV infection.

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Indigenous Communities and HIV: Resilience, strength and solidarity

June 21, 2017 Today, National Aboriginal Day, we recognize not only the cultures and contributions of First Nation, Inuit and Métis people in Canada, but also the resilience and strength of these communities. Many Indigenous Peoples have had to cope with traumatic life circumstances, including those related to experiences with the residential school and child […]

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Urgent Action Needed To Save OAS LGBTQI Human Rights Resolution

By Maurice Tomlinson, Senior Policy Analyst, Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network June 21, 2017 Without urgent action by the Government of Canada and other countries supportive of fundamental human rights, protections for LGBTQI people across the western hemisphere are about to be set back by a decade. This is because a very unfortunate precedent is likely […]

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Eric Mykhalovskiy

Eric Mykhalovskiy joined the Legal Network’s board of directors in 2017. Eric is a full professor in the Sociology Department at York University.  He has been involved in the HIV response for over two decades as an activist, researcher and, in the early years of the epidemic, as a community worker. Eric’s research focuses on […]

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Natasha Potvin

Natasha Potvin joined the Legal Network’s board of directors in 2017. She has been involved in the sex industry for over two decades. For the last ten years, she has been actively working to advance the human rights of people who are living with HIV, people who use drugs, and people who are involved in […]

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Words. Action. Impact. Annual Report 2016–2017

Highlights of our work in Canada and around the world from April 1, 2016, to March 31, 2017.

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Leegay Jagoe

Leegay Jagoe joined the Legal Network’s board of directors in 2017. Leegay is a registered nurse of 23 years. Her areas of focus have been sexual and mental health, and harm reduction. Much of her work has been with Indigenous communities. She currently works at Health Canada’s First Nations and Inuit Health Branch in Saskatoon, […]

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Letter to provinces and territories Re: Healthy drug policy: Bill C-37 and beyond

“We, the undersigned, write to you respecting the recent passage into law of Bill C-37, An Act to amend the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act and to make related amendments to other Acts. As you well know, the intent of this law is to facilitate the scaling up of safer consumption services (SCS) across Canada, […]

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List of Issues Prior to Reporting: Canada’s Compliance with the Convention on Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination

“In advance of the adoption of the List of Issues Prior to Reporting for Canada’s periodic review under the UN Convention on Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (‘Convention’), to be held during its 93rd session from 31 July to 25 August 2017, the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network (‘Legal Network’) would like to provide […]

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Intimate Conviction

Intimate Conviction is a two-day international conference examining the church and anti-sodomy laws across the Commonwealth. See program details below. You can find the live stream of the conference on our YouTube channel. Agenda: Day 1 8:00 – 17:00 Registration open 8:30 – 9:00 Devotions: Venerable Patrick Cunningham, Archdeacon of Kingston 9:00 – 9:10 Welcome and […]

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Submission to the Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration on Medical Inadmissibility

“In Canada, people seeking permanent resident status or temporary residence as students or workers can be rejected on the basis of their HIV status due to the ‘excessive demand’ provision of Canada’s laws governing medical inadmissibility. “We recommend that the excessive demand provision be repealed, for the following reasons: The excessive demand provision is discriminatory. […]

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Canada Needs Action Now: Top Priorities in Harm Reduction and Drug Policy Reform

TORONTO, May 15, 2017 — Today scientists, medical professionals, policy makers, activists and people who use drugs are gathering in Montréal for the 25th Harm Reduction International Conference 2017 (HR17). Meanwhile the opioid crisis rages on and, even as Canada takes an important step forward by legalizing and regulating cannabis, outdated prohibitionist drug policies continues to […]

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Brief to the Standing Committee on Social Policy Regarding Bill 96, the Anti-Human Trafficking Act 2017

We urge the Standing Committee on Social Policy to uphold the human rights of sex workers by rejecting Bill 96, the Anti-Human Trafficking Act 2017, as it does not help end trafficking but endangers the safety and security of vulnerable people, particularly migrant sex workers.

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Harm Reduction in Canada: What Governments Need to Do Now

Canada is in urgent need of comprehensive harm reduction policy that jettisons the failed, costly model of drug prohibition that has ravaged so many lives, from fueling the spread of HIV and hepatitis C virus (HCV), to contributing to over-incarceration, to creating conditions for the ongoing epidemic of overdose fatalities. A harm reduction approach must […]

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Reducing stigma and discrimination through the protection of privacy and confidentiality

This resource explains the important role of privacy and confidentiality in reducing stigma and discrimination related to STBBIs, and offers frontline health and social service providers several strategies they can use to deal with issues related to privacy, confidentiality, the criminalization of HIV non-disclosure and stigma reduction.

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Rethinking Justice: 7th Symposium on HIV, Law and Human Rights

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Canada must be a true LGBTQI ally

By Maurice Tomlinson, Senior Policy Analyst, and Richard Elliott, Executive Director, Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network May 1, 2017 Despite certain advances in some countries, the world remains a very dangerous place for LGBTQI people. In Chechnya, gay men are being kidnapped, tortured and even murdered by uniformed military. This horrific situation has reignited an urgent […]

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Indigenous Women, HIV and Gender-Based Violence

This report synthesizes resources that jointly consider Indigenous women, HIV and gender-based violence and relevant recommendations for law reform.

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Letter to Health Minister Re: Senate Committee Amendments to Bill C-37

“For the reasons we have noted, we urge you to oppose and remove the Senate committee’s three amendments to Bill C-37, as they are contrary to the spirit and purpose of the bill, creating unnecessary mechanisms for delay in determinations regarding exemptions for SCS [safer consumption services] and reflecting an ongoing stigmatization surrounding people who […]

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Ukatili kwa Wanawake wanaoishi na HIV kutoka kwa wapenzi wao wa karibu: maswali na majibu

Mwongozo huu ni wa wanawake, pamoja na wanawake waliobadilisha jinsia, ambao wanaishi na HIV na ambao wanapitia au wako katika hatari ya kupitia ukatili kutoka kwa wapenzi wao wa karibu. Ukatili kutoka kwa mpenzi wa karibu unaweza kuwa wa kimwili, kihisia, kisaikolojia au unyanyasaji wa kingono kutoka kwa mtu ambaye una au umekuwa na mahusiano […]

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Mujeres que viven con VIH y violencia por parte de la pareja: preguntas y respuestas

Esta guía está destinada a mujeres, incluidas las transexuales, que viven con VIH y padecen o están en riesgo de padecer violencia por parte de su pareja. La violencia por parte de la pareja contempla el abuso físico, emocional, psicológico o sexual por parte de una persona con la que tiene o ha tenido una […]

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Fahamu Haki Zako: Mwongozo kwa Wazazi Wanaoishi na HIV

Kitabu hiki kiliandikwa kwa ajili ya wazazi au wazazi watarajiwa wanaoishi na HIV, ikiwa ni pamoja na wanawake, wanaume waliobadilisha jinsia na watu wasio na jinsia. Kinalenga kutoa maelezo halisi na kukuza ufahamu kuhusu baadhi ya maeneo muhimu ya wasiwasi ambazo wazazi wanaoishi au walioathiriwa na HIV wanazo. [Know Your Rights: Guide for Parents Living […]

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Conozca sus derechos: Guía para padres que viven con VIH

Este recurso fue elaborado para padres actuales o futuros que viven con VIH, incluidas mujeres, hombres transgénero y de género no binario. Su propósito es ofrecer información práctica y difundir datos sobre algunas de las áreas de preocupación principales que pueden tener los padres que viven con o se ven afectados por el VIH. [Know […]

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Open Letter to Government Ministers Re: Renegotiating TPP

“We write to you in advance of Canada’s meeting with senior trade officials from TPP countries on May 2–3 in Toronto to map out the future of the agreement in light of the United States’ withdrawal. This meeting presents a critical opportunity for Canada to demonstrate human rights leadership—both nationally and globally. “As it stands, […]

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Educate yourself about HIV transmission

Earlier this year, the Legal Network, HALCO and PASAN produced a poster for people in prison to address common myths about HIV transmission. The poster will be posted in the Admitting and Discharge Area of all provincial correctional institutions in Ontario and in the program rooms on the ranges at Toronto South Detention Centre.

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Letter to Toronto Police Services Board RE: Request for Feedback on Police “Street Checks”

The Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network wishes to add our voice to the many calling for the immediate abolition of all aspects of “street checks” or “carding” used by the Toronto Police Service (TPS).

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Sex Offender Registries: Fact Sheet

This fact sheet discusses common questions regarding sex offender registries in Canada in the context of the criminal law and HIV non-disclosure. This is general legal information and not legal advice. If you want legal advice specific to your situation, you should talk to a lawyer.

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Harm Reduction Services for Indigenous People Who Use Drugs: Questions and Answers

In Canada, Indigenous people experience higher rates of injection drug use and less access to health care than non-Indigenous people. For many Indigenous people, drug use offers a means of coping with traumatic life circumstances, including those related to their experiences with the residential school and child welfare systems in Canada, legacies of colonialism and […]

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Joshua Terry

Communications and Campaigns Officer Joshua joined the Legal Network in April 2017. At the Legal Network, Joshua develops, implements and evaluates the Legal Network’s media relations, stakeholder relations and public communications activities; helps plan and manage creative strategic communications projects; and works to help develop and plan outreach to politicians and policymakers at all levels […]

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Know Your Rights: A Guide for Child and Family Service Providers Serving People Living with HIV

This guide was written for child and family service providers who provide support and assistance to people living with or affected by HIV.

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Know Your Rights: Guide for Parents Living with HIV

This resource was produced for parents or prospective parents living with HIV, including women, transgender men and non-binary people. Its aim is to provide practical information and to foster knowledge about some of the main areas of concern that parents living with or affected by HIV may have. Also available in Spanish and Swahili.

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Indigenous Communities and HIV and HCV in Federal Prisons: Questions and Answers

This ‘Question and Answer’ booklet is for prisoners who identify as First Nations, Inuit and Métis, and who are imprisoned in a federal prison or healing lodge run by the Correctional Service of Canada (CSC).

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Indigenous communities: HIV, privacy and confidentiality

Knowing your rights and responsibilities when it comes to HIV disclosure, privacy and confidentiality is an important way to protect your privacy. This guide provides answers to common questions on disclosure, privacy and confidentiality in the health care settings, workplaces, post-secondary institutions and other settings — places where many Indigenous people living with HIV have […]

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Exploring Avenues to Address Problematic Prosecutions Against People Living with HIV in Canada

In consultation with the community, federal and provincial governments must take action to limit HIV criminalization and bring the law in line with international recommendations, science and human rights as outlined in the attached brief.

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Submission to the Senate Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs Re: Bill C-37

“The Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network has therefore welcomed the government’s introduction of Bill C-37 in December 2016 that would go some way toward remedying these deficiencies. “In keeping with the government’s stated commitment to harm reduction and to evidence-based policy, the Legal Network recommends two amendments to strengthen Bill C-37, with a view to ensuring […]

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Privacy and Disclosure for Youth Living with HIV or Hep C: Questions and Answers

This guide is for youth between the ages of 15 and 29 and focuses on some of the factors at play when young people living with HIV or hepatitis C (Hep C) are thinking about telling others about their HIV or Hep C status.

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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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Letter to Minister of Canadian Heritage Re: Reinstatement of the Court Challenges Program

“We commend your government’s decision to restore funding to the Court Challenges Program (CCP). We applaud your commitment to ‘work continuously to make Canada more diverse, inclusive and equitable.’ And we share the Minister of Justice’s expectation that reinstatement of the CCP ‘will increase access to justice for vulnerable groups and official-language communities.’ “However, in […]

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Open Letter to Trade Ministers Meeting in Chile, 14–15 March 2017

It is clear that the withdrawal of the United States means that the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement as previously negotiated is dead. As representatives of many millions of people in a wide range of unions, civil society groups and social movements, we believe that the TPP text, negotiated in secret, served the interests of large […]

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Addressing and reversing the harms of drug control in Eastern Europe and Central Asia

The side event will emphasize the importance of better integrating human rights, public health and drug policies in Eastern Europe and Central Asia (EECA). It will also explore possible steps that could facilitate constructive discussions and action by the responsible governmental bodies and non-governmental organisations. In many EEECA countries there has been insufficient progress in […]

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Review of Canada’s Compliance with the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

“The Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network submits this briefing to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in advance of its review of the periodic report of Canada, held during its 17th session from 20 March to 12 April 2017. “In this submission, the Legal Network sets out some selected concerns about the implementation […]

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Cannabis and the Conventions: Aftermath of UNGASS

The UNGASS 2016 Outcome Document asserted that the United Nations drug conventions “allow for sufficient flexibility for States parties to design and implement national drug policies according to their priorities and needs.” But does such flexibility extend to reforms now being enacted or contemplated in numerous jurisdictions to create legal access to cannabis for purposes […]

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LIFE WON’T WAIT: Statement in support of National Day of Action on the Overdose Crisis

“TORONTO, February 21, 2017 — On this first National Day of Action on the Overdose Crisis, the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network stands in solidarity with the Canadian Association of People who Use Drugs (CAPUD) and with other groups of people who use drugs, frontline harm reduction workers and other allies. We demand action, by all levels […]

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Women and HIV – “Women and the Criminalization of HIV Non-Disclosure”

This is one in a series of four info sheets on the human rights of women living with or vulnerable to HIV in Canada. Please note: this info sheet updates the original, which was published in May 2012.

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Endangered Identities in Grenada: A conversation with LGBTI activist Nigel Mathlin

Grenadians recently voted against a constitutional amendment to enshrine gender equality. Come and hear the effect this and other developments have on LGBTI human rights on the island and find out how Canadian residents can most effectively provide support. Date: Tuesday, April 11, 2017 Time: 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Location: Glad Day Bookshop, 499 Church […]

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In Conversation with Julius Kaggwa, Global Intersex Activist

Julius Kaggwa is a prominent Ugandan intersex and trangender activist and Executive Director of the intersex support organization SIPD. He is a recipient of the 2011 Human Rights Defender Award and a well-known activist and leader on intersex rights in Africa and around the world. We are thrilled to welcome Julius Kaggwa to Toronto for […]

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Saving Lives, Protecting Health: Strengthening Bill C-37 to expand and expedite access to supervised consumption sites

“In keeping with the government’s stated commitment to harm reduction and to evidence-based policy, the Legal Network recommends two amendments to strengthen Bill C-37, with a view to ensuring the legislative framework for securing exemptions from the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act is simple, straightforward and expeditious.”

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Letter to Attorney General of Ontario Yasir Naqvi re: HIV and Criminal Law

“On behalf of the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network, I am writing to you because we are deeply concerned about Ontario’s approach to prosecuting allegations of HIV non-disclosure. We request that you immediately undertake the following actions to put an end to unjust and harmful prosecutions of people living with HIV: 1. Impose an immediate moratorium […]

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Endangered Identities in Grenada: A conversation with LGBTI activist Nigel Mathlin

Grenadians recently voted against a constitutional amendment to enshrine gender equality. Come and hear the effect this and other developments have on LGBTI human rights on the island and find out how Canadian residents can most effectively provide support. Date: Wednesday, April 12, 2017 Time: 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Location: Room 301, the 519, 519 Church […]

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Trump aside, Canada should reject trade deals that put drugs out of reach

By Richard Elliott, Executive Director, and Nicholas Caivano, Policy Analyst, Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network February 1, 2017 Donald Trump has withdrawn the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and declared his intention to renegotiate NAFTA. But as some try to revive the TPP, and trade talks between Ottawa and Washington heat up, Canada should […]

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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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Case Information Sheet: Kurmanayevskiy et al. v. Russia

Unsafe injecting drug use is a primary driver of HIV infection in Russia. The inability of current or former injecting drug users to access prevention and treatment services is compounded by the highly punitive measures meted out by law enforcement, including frequent arrest and incarceration. These trying circumstances led three brave individuals to pursue access […]

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Recommendations for Aligning Canada’s International Obligations with the Country’s New Legal Framework for Cannabis

“As Canada prepares to enact legislation that will legalize and regulate cannabis, the government should begin to explore Canada’s options for ensuring that the country’s international legal obligations are brought into alignment with its new legal framework for cannabis. Canada’s reform will inevitably involve entering into non-compliance with specific elements of the UN drug control […]

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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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Government walks away from talks on critical harm reduction measure in Canadian prisons

TORONTO, January 17, 2017 — In a profoundly disappointing move by a government that claims to support harm reduction and “evidence-based policies,” the Government of Canada has withdrawn from a planned mediation, preferring to waste more money on lawyers to fight evidence-based harm reduction services in prisons. Meanwhile, prisoners will continue to needlessly contract preventable […]

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21st Century Magic! Gratitude and an Unforgettable Experience at Montego Bay Pride

The following blog post was written by Andrew Beckerman, a long-term HIV survivor and an active board member of the Legal Network since 2014. “I didn’t always believe in magic, but I am starting to believe. My epiphany came as a result of the inspiring and incredible work being done by the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal […]

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“Is Jamaica Still Homophobic?” Film Screening and Discussion

Join Maurice Tomlinson for a screening of the award-winning documentary The Abominable Crime about homophobia in Jamaica, followed by a discussion. Date: Thursday, January 26, 2017 Time: 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Location: Jamaican Canadian Association, 995 Arrow Road, Toronto Refreshments will be served.

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Montego Bay Pride 2017

The third Montego Bay Pride will take place from October 12–15, 2017, in Montego Bay, Jamaica. This accessible event will offer ground transportation, meals, and entertainment. Facebook event page: facebook.com/MoBayPride Register: http://bit.ly/MoBayPride2017 Come be a part of LOVE & PRIDE in the Bay!

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HIV CRIMINALIZATION IN CANADA: Current Context & Advocacy

A two-page document briefly describing the current legal landscape of the criminalization of HIV non-disclosure in Canada, why the current use of the criminal law is problematic, and what the Legal Network and its partners have been doing to resist the overly broad use of the criminal law against people living with HIV.

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Letter to Minister of Justice Re: Putting an End to Over-Criminalization of HIV Non-Disclosure

“On behalf of the Canadian Coalition to Reform HIV Criminalization, we would like to thank you for making an important statement on World AIDS Day denouncing the over-criminalization of HIV non-disclosure in Canada.”

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Bill C-37 a welcome step forward for life-saving supervised consumption sites and sound drug policy in Canada

TORONTO, December 12, 2016 — The Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network welcomes the introduction of Bill C-37, which – at long last – signals a real turning point in Canada’s drug policy, emphasizing evidence, public health and human rights above fear, stigma and misinformation. We are heartened that the federal government is taking this much-needed action […]

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Letter to 17th Philippines Congress Re: House Bill No. 1 on the Death Penalty

“We call on the 17th Philippines Congress to preserve the right to life, and to not bring back use of the death penalty as proposed in House Bill No. 1. We urge all members of the House of Representatives and Senate to uphold the right to life enshrined in the Philippines Constitution 1987 (the Constitution) […]

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On December 6, we remember and we will continue to work to end violence against women

Today, we remember the 14 women who lost their lives in a horrific act of gender-based violence at the hands of a lone gunman in Montréal. Though the incident occurred over 25 years ago, our society continues to struggle with the structural violence against women that manifests in many forms, and in many arenas, all […]

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HIV and Human Rights Organizations Welcome Federal Government’s Interest in Ending Unjust HIV Criminalization

TORONTO, December 1, 2016 — The Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network and the HIV & AIDS Legal Clinic Ontario (HALCO) welcome today’s statement by Canadian Minister of Justice Jody Wilson-Raybould recognizing the ongoing problem of overly-broad, unjust criminalization of people living with HIV. Today, fittingly for World AIDS Day, the federal government has signaled its intent […]

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World AIDS Day: Letter to Canada’s Members of Parliament and Senators

“In the past year, the federal government has taken some important steps in promoting the health and human rights of people living with and affected by HIV. […] But so much more is needed.” Read our letter to Canada’s Members of Parliament and Senators ahead of World AIDS Day on the role they can play […]

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Submission to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada on Medical Inadmissibility

In Canada, people seeking permanent resident status or temporary residence as students or workers can be rejected on the basis of their HIV status due to the “excessive demand” provision of Canada’s laws governing medical inadmissibility. Relying on the purportedly neutral criteria of the cost of health services, this law renders any applicant who would […]

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UN Experts Make Historic Recommendations to Canada: End unjust HIV criminalization, repeal law restricting supervised consumption services, and implement needle and syringe programmes in prison

GENEVA, November 18, 2016 — The United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women issued its Concluding Observations today following its review of Canada’s compliance with the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women. This is the first time the Committee reviewed women’s rights in Canada since 2008.

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Committee on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) Fails to Respect Sex Workers’ Rights

November 18, 2016 — Sex workers and allies in Canada are expressing deep concern and disappointment with the CEDAW Committee’s failure to adequately protect the rights of sex workers in Canada. During an international review of Canada’s progress on women’s human rights, the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women sidelined the concerns of […]

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Civil Society Statement to the National Opioid Summit

Canada is in the midst of an opioid overdose crisis. This statement outlines concerns that civil society organizations have about the emerging federal, provincial and territorial response to this crisis and proposes a collaborative way forward to end the crisis.  

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RESPECT FOR COMMUNITIES ACT: The Case for Repeal

The so-called Respect for Communities Act was passed in 2015 in the last Parliament, with the clear goal of impeding the expansion of supervised consumption services (SCS). The Act is an affront to the extensive scientific evidence of the need for such health services and their benefits — including connecting people to other health care […]

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An Injection of Reason: Critical Analysis of the Respect for Communities Act (Q&A)

The Respect for Communities Act undermines the rights of people who use drugs to access life-saving and health-protecting services. Read more about supervised consumption services in Canada and internationally, and their positive impact on individuals and communities. Related Publications Respect for Communities Act: The Case for Repeal

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Legal Network Welcomes Canada’s Commitment To Redress Discrimination Against LGBTQI People

November 15, 2016 — The Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network welcomes Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s announcement today to appoint a Special Advisor on LGBTQ2 issues who will work with Egale Canada Human Rights Trust and other stakeholders to address the urgent human rights and public health issues outlined in The Just Society Report.

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Briefing to the High-level Working Group on Health and Human Rights of Women, Children and Adolescents

“The Legal Network submits this briefing to the World Health Organization’s High-Level Working Group of Health and Human Rights of Women, Children and Adolescents in order to provide inputs on the following areas of concern: (i) the rights of women living with HIV; (ii) the rights of women, children and adolescents who use drugs; (iii) […]

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Drinks and Discussion: LGBTI Human Rights in Barbados

Join René Holder-McClean-Ramirez and Karlene Williams-Clarke as they discuss LGBTI human rights in Barbados after 50 years of independence. At Glad Day Bookshop, 499 Church Street, Toronto. Facebook event: www.facebook.com/events/1727410857582368/.

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Barbados@50: LGBTI Human Rights and Independence

On November 30, 2016, join in a celebration and reflection on Barbados’ 50 years of independence and how this has impacted the lives of LGBTI people on the island. Special guest René Holder-McClean-Ramirez will provide an on-the-ground report on recent developments. Hosted by Deborah Nurse. At The 519 in Toronto. Facebook event: www.facebook.com/events/1135957266483757/.

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Drinks & Conversation: Winning LGBTI Rights in Belize

On August 10, 2016, Caleb Orozco achieved the first-ever successful court challenge to a Caribbean anti-sodomy law. This remarkable accomplishment has sent shock waves across the region where nine other jurisdictions still retain anti-sodomy laws, largely imposed during British colonization. On November 18, 2016, Caleb will provide an enthusiastic presentation on the work that led […]

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Courting Change: Caleb & Belize’s Anti-Sodomy Law

On November 17, 2016, at the University of Toronto, Caleb Orozco will provide an enthusiastic presentation on the work that resulted in the first-ever successful court challenge to a Caribbean anti-sodomy law, the status of the appeal by the Government of Belize, and how the global north can effectively assist with the ongoing Caribbean LGBTQI liberation […]

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Regulating Cannabis: Canada in the Global Context

Canada is the first G7 country committed to ending cannabis prohibition, announcing at the United Nations that legislation will be introduced in the spring of 2017 to legally regulate access to cannabis. Join us on November 14, 2016, in Ottawa with guests from the U.K., the U.S., Jamaica, Mexico and the Netherlands to explore cannabis […]

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New Canadian Coalition to Reform HIV Criminalization Launched

On October 20 and 21, people living with HIV, community workers, lawyers and academics from across the country met in Toronto to officially launch the new Canadian Coalition to Reform HIV Criminalization. The Coalition was founded by a group of Canadians and representatives of Canadian organizations who met at the HIV Is Not A Crime […]

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Open Letter on the Extrajudicial Killing of People Who Use Drugs in the Philippines

“Since the election of President Rodrigo Duterte, more than 3000 people in the Philippines have been executed without due process for allegedly selling or using drugs. President Duterte has publicly and repeatedly incited law enforcement and the general public to commit these murders and other acts of vigilante violence. Duterte’s political rhetoric is becoming increasingly […]

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Brief to the House of Commons Standing Committee on International Trade on the Trans-Pacific Partnership

“The Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network welcomes this opportunity to provide submissions to the House of Commons Standing Committee on International Trade on the subject of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).” In the brief The Trans-Pacific Partnership: Trading Away Access to Affordable Medicines, we “set out […] a number of specific concerns about how provisions in the TPP will […]

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Montego Bay, Jamaica: Another Pride success!

By Maurice Tomlinson, Senior Policy Analyst, Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network October 24, 2016 How do you measure an event’s success? Is it the number of participants compared to previous events? Montego Bay Pride 2016, co-sponsored by the Legal Network, had over 244 participants — a 50% increase in participation from last year — with participants […]

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2016 Montego Bay Pride

Building on last year’s success, the Legal Network is pleased to support Montego Bay Pride in Jamaica for a second year. The Pride festivities, dialogue and activism that took place on October 15 and 16 turned out to be a resounding success.

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Submission to UN Women’s Consultation on Sex Work

“The Legal Network’s guiding values are rooted in a focus on the human rights of marginalized populations such as sex workers and their meaningful participation in policies and programs that affect them. We make this submission to UN Women to urge the agency to (1) engage in a transparent and inclusive consultation with sex workers […]

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ONE LOVE: LGBTI Rights in Jamaica

On October 12, 2016, join Marcia Young, veteran CBC host, for a conversation with three leading activists in the struggle for LGBTI rights. Hear about Bishop Christopher Senyonjo’s brave efforts to advance human rights for LGBTI people in Uganda (as chronicled in the film God Loves Uganda), as well as the very successful Pride in […]

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Buggery Law and the Church

Come watch the multiple-award-winning documentary God Loves Uganda and participate in a conversation with international and local clergy on the church and the buggery law in Jamaica. Two events: Friday, October 14, 2016, in Kingston, Jamaica Sunday, October 16, 2016, in Montego Bay, Jamaica

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Review of Canada’s Compliance with the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women

“The Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network submits this briefing to the United Nations (UN) Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women in advance of its review of the periodic report of Canada, held during its 65th session from 24 October to 18 November 2016. “In this submission, the Legal Network sets out its concerns about Canada’s […]

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UN High-Level Panel Says Trade Agreements Such As TPP Threaten Public Health AND Human Rights

A high-level body of eminent persons advising UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon released its report today declaring that the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), and similar agreements ratcheting up intellectual property protection and enforcement, endanger countries’ efforts to ensure access to medicines and other health technologies and run counter to their human rights obligations. The High-Level Panel’s report […]

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“Foreign agent” charges against Russian harm reduction NGO dropped, but HIV organizations still a target

September 13, 2016 A Moscow court recently dismissed the charges against Russian harm reduction NGO Andrey Rylkov Foundation (ARF) for failing to register as a “foreign agent.” While this is no doubt a victory for ARF, the charges were dropped on procedural grounds, which unfortunately does not prevent similar charges being brought against other HIV […]

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A Prescription for Coherence?: UN Secretary-General to release report of High-Level Panel on Access to Medicines addressing tension between health and intellectual property rules

By Richard Elliott, Executive Director, Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network September 13, 2016 Later this week, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is expected to release at the UN in New York the much-anticipated, and already controversial, report of his High-Level Panel on Access to Medicines. The Secretary-General appointed his High-Level Panel on Access to Medicines in November […]

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Trini Independence Lime and Learn!

On August 31, 2016, come celebrate Trinidad & Tobago’s 54th year of independence and hear about the explosion in the public discourse about LGBTI human rights, including the recent month-long Pride celebrations. Be updated on how the sociopolitical and economic realities are impacting the LGBTI liberation struggle as well as the fight against HIV and […]

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Canadian civil society groups call for immediate action to opioid overdose crisis

On International Overdose Awareness Day, over 70 Canadian civil society organizations have endorsed an urgent call to action addressed to all levels of government, urging politicians to immediately implement five recommendations that will serve as initial steps of a nationwide crisis response to reduce opioid overdose fatalities and injuries across the country. Call to Action: ACTION […]

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ACTION = LIFE: Call for an Immediate Response to National Crisis of Opioid Overdose Deaths

Canada is experiencing an overwhelming opioid overdose crisis. Over the past several years Canada has seen an alarming increase in reported opioid-related fatalities and injuries. Overdose deaths are preventable if the right measures are taken. As we approach International Overdose Awareness Day, held on August 31, the undersigned organizations call on you, as the Prime […]

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Indigenous Communities and HIV Disclosure to Sexual Partners: Questions and Answers

While the criminal law is a blunt instrument to deal with complex issues such as disclosure or the root causes for HIV in Indigenous communities, it is the law in Canada, and it is important for you to know about it so you can make informed decisions about your sexual life. This brochure has been […]

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Caleb’s victory for the Commonwealth

By Maurice Tomlinson, Senior Policy Analyst, Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network August 16, 2016 When Caleb Orozco, whom I met at an Organization of American States General Assembly in Panama in 2007, decided to be the claimant in a challenge to the Belize anti-sodomy law, I was elated but a bit nervous for him. Belize is […]

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Game-Changer: Belize Supreme Court Strikes Down Anti-LGBTI Law

The Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network applauds yesterday’s landmark decision from the Supreme Court of Belize, which overturned the country’s archaic law prohibiting “carnal intercourse against the order of nature,” setting a precedent for LGBTI human rights that we hope will ripple across the region.

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Landmark resolution marks progress for people living with HIV in prison

A recent landmark outcome from  a legal case — in which the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network intervened, together with the HIV & AIDS Legal Clinic Ontario (HALCO) and Prisoners with HIV/AIDS Support Action Network (PASAN) — has secured a number of positive steps for people living with HIV in prison. In June 2016, the parties […]

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International Assistance Review: an opportunity for Canada to stand up for human rights abroad

When International Development Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau took up her post in November 2015, she was tasked with leading Canada’s efforts to “provide humanitarian assistance to help reduce poverty and inequality in the world” and refocusing Canada’s development assistance “on helping the poorest and most vulnerable.” This renewed focus on marginalized communities must underlie the current […]

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Submission to Global Affairs Canada: Human Rights Priorities for Canadian International Assistance

“The Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network welcomes this opportunity to provide our perspectives on the government’s priorities for establishing an international assistance policy and funding framework. When International Development Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau took up her post in November 2015, she was tasked with leading Canada’s efforts to ‘provide humanitarian assistance to help reduce poverty and inequality in the world’ and […]

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Megan Longley

Megan Longley joined the Legal Network’s board of directors in 2016. Megan graduated from Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University in 1994 and was called to the Nova Scotia Bar in 1995. She joined Nova Scotia Legal Aid in 1999. Since joining Legal Aid, Megan has worked primarily as a criminal lawyer, practicing in […]

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Jamaican Supreme Court Admits Religious Groups as Interested Parties in Challenge to Anti-Sodomy Law

TORONTO, July 8, 2016 — The Jamaican Supreme Court on July 6 handed down its ruling on applications by nine religious groups and the Public Defender to be interested parties in a challenge by Jamaican lawyer Maurice Tomlinson to the country’s anti-sodomy law. All the groups except the Public Defender were allowed in the case with […]

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Don’t Trade Away Health: An Open Letter to the North American Leaders’ Summit

“As civil society organizations concerned about access to medicines, in your three countries and globally, we write to you in advance of your North American Leaders’ Summit in Ottawa on June 29.  The summit is an important opportunity to demonstrate human rights leadership—nationally, regionally and globally—in the Americas. “In February of this year, the United […]

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Turning Point: Annual Report 2015–2016

Highlights of our work in Canada and around the world from April 1, 2015, to March 31, 2016.

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New International Report Calls for “Principled Non-Compliance” with Antiquated UN Drug Control Treaties

As an increasing number of jurisdictions consider whether and how to legalize and regulate access to cannabis, tensions are growing between these initiatives and countries’ obligations under the UN drug control conventions. A groundbreaking new report produced by a coalition of legal and drug policy experts offers strategies for countries exploring regulatory approaches to cannabis […]

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Losing to win at the Caribbean Court of Justice

By Maurice Tomlinson, Senior Policy Analyst, Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network June 15, 2016 On June 10, 2016, the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) delivered a landmark, but decidedly mixed, decision on the rights of LGBTI people. Three years ago, as a gay Jamaican citizen, and with the support of AIDS-Free World, I launched a challenge […]

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Consent: HIV Non-Disclosure and Sexual Assault Law (NYC Screening)

New York City screening (Jun. 6) of a new documentary produced by the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network and Goldelox Productions. Register at http://bit.ly/consent-NYC.  

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Canada Can’t Wait: The Time for Prison-Based Needle and Syringe Programs Is Now

“We, the undersigned, represent many different communities and interests. But today we speak with one voice, firmly committed to health and human rights, in support of desperately needed prison-based needle and syringe programs (PNSPs) in Canada. The time for PNSPs is now. In Canada, people in prison face far greater risk of HIV and hepatitis […]

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Nearly 250 Organizations Across Canada Call for Prison-Based Needle and Syringe Programs

Close to 250 Canadian organizations have signed a statement urging federal and provincial governments to immediately implement prisonbased needle and syringe programs (PNSPs) in institutions across the country. Representing the views of a broad cross-section of Canadian civil society, the statement highlights the overwhelming scientific, empirical and human rights rationale for Canada’s governments to act […]

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Cannabis Regulation and the UN Drug Treaties: Strategies for reform

As jurisdictions enact reforms creating legal access to cannabis for purposes other than exclusively “medical and scientific,” tensions surrounding the existing UN drug treaties and evolving law and practice in Member States continue to grow. How might governments and the UN system address these growing tensions in ways that acknowledge the policy shifts underway and […]

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Amnesty International Policy Is Opportunity for Canada to Reform Harmful Laws on Sex Work

The Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network applauds Amnesty International’s “State Obligations to Respect, Protect and Fulfil the Human Rights of Sex Workers,” released today, which calls for the removal of all laws and policies that make sex work a criminal offence, including those that prohibit selling, buying or facilitating sex work or living off its proceeds.

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International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia: Bill C-16 promises crucial protections for transgender rights in Canada

May 17, 2016 The Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network applauds the federal government’s introduction today of Bill C-16, which will update the Canadian Human Rights Act and the Criminal Code to recognize the rights of transgender people. As Canada’s leading organization working on human rights issues related to HIV, we have previously called for federal legislative […]

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Consensus crumbling: report from the UN General Assembly Special Session on drugs

By Richard Elliott, Executive Director April 29, 2016 It was a surreal exercise that unfolded at the UN in New York last week — a pretend consensus, and a terrible dereliction of duty by some of the world’s governments. And yet, paradoxically, I left the event at the end of the week feeling profoundly encouraged. […]

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UNGASS 2016: Recommendations to Canada for Promoting Smart Policy on Drugs

In February 2016, the National UNGASS Working Group (supported by the Canadian Drug Policy Coalition and Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network) delivered a brief to Canada’s federal government, outlining 10 priority recommendations to inform the ongoing negotiations at the UN in the lead-up to the UNGASS in April. This will include negotiations at the upcoming session […]

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Canadian Civil Society Calls for Federal Action on Global Drug Policy

One hundred Canadian civil society organizations are calling on the Canadian federal government to champion progressive and evidence-based drug policy positions at this week’s world forum on drugs. Spearheaded by the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network and the Canadian Drug Policy Coalition (CDPC), this civil society groundswell is asking federal Health Minister Dr. Jane Philpott to […]

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Health and Human Rights Coalition Applauds Supreme Court Decision in Drug-Sentencing Case

As a coalition of interveners in the Supreme Court of Canada case, R. v. Lloyd, we applaud the Court for recognizing that a mandatory minimum sentence (MMS) for certain drug offences is not only harsh and damaging, but also unconstitutional. We hope that this decision is one more step towards ending Canada’s harmful, punitive approach […]

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Canada on drugs at the UN: Standing up for a long-overdue policy shift

By Richard Elliott The applause persisted until the chair of the session eventually gavelled it to an end. The occasion? Canada’s statement last month at the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) in Vienna, where countries were negotiating the text of a declaration to be adopted next week at the UN General Assembly’s Special Session on […]

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Women living with HIV and intimate partner violence: Questions & Answers

This guide is for women, including trans women, who are living with HIV and who experience or are at risk of experiencing violence from their intimate partner. Intimate partner violence can be physical, emotional, psychological or sexual abuse from someone with whom you have or had an intimate relationship. Abuse by an intimate partner is not […]

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(Français) Compte-rendu des exposés de la journée d’étude du 03-12-2015 «Les enjeux de la pénalisation de la transmission du VIH»

Sorry, this entry is only available in French.

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Brief to the Toronto Board of Health regarding Supervised Injection Services in Toronto

“The Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network, HALCO and ARCH appreciate the opportunity to comment on the (March 7, 2016) Report from the Medical Officer of Health to the Toronto Board of Health on the integration of supervised injection services into existing clinical health services and to draw the Board’s attention to certain elements which are particularly […]

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“Просто Скажи НЕТ” наркополитике России

“В преддверии Специальной Сессии Генеральной Ассамблеи ООН 2016 (ССГАООН), Российская Федерация пытается создавать международные союзы с целью продвижения своего видения мер снижения спроса и предложения наркотиков, а также выработки “единой позиции для ССГАООН 2016.” Среди таких союзов стоит отметить Международный Съезд организаций, осуществляющих лечение и реабилитацию наркозависимости на основе стратегии полного отказа от немедицинского потребления […]

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Joint Statement with the International AIDS Alliance re: Panel on HIV and Human Rights at 31st Session of the Human Rights Council

“We welcome the HRC acknowledgement that the full realization of human rights is an essential element in the global AIDS response. Today, more than 30 years into the AIDS epidemic, we have the knowledge, tools and the experience to end AIDS; but it will be impossible to get there without a strong and real commitment […]

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“Just Say Nyet” to Russia’s Drug Policy

“In anticipation of UNGASS 2016, Russia is creating international alliances to promote its vision of drug demand and drug supply reduction, with a view to having ‘a unified position at the 2016 UNGASS.’ These include the International Congress of Drug-Free Organizations and the Russian-African Anti-Drug Dialogue. Countries that Russia approaches for participating in these or […]

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Diplomacy or denialism? International statement highlights problems with world drug policy meetings

March 14, 2016 This week, the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) is convening in Vienna to prepare for the highly anticipated UN General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) on the “world drug problem,” which will take place next month (April 19–21) in New York. The last UNGASS on drugs was in 1998, under the banner of […]

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The UNGASS Outcome Document: Diplomacy Or Denialism? — Civil Society Statement

“We, the undersigned civil society organisations, representing drug policy expertise and affected communities worldwide, express our serious concerns about the preparations and draft Outcome Document for the UN General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) on the ‘world drug problem’ in April 2016.” Related Publication Promoting Smart Policy on Drugs: Brief to the Minister of Health

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видео: Знать права, применять законы / Videos: Know Your Rights, Use Your Laws

See below for English. Представленные здесь материалы в совокупности направлены на то, чтобы стимулировать защиту своих прав людьми, затронутыми эпидемией ВИЧ-инфекции. Восемь видео и брошюра «ЗНАТЬ ПРАВА, ПРИМЕНЯТЬ ЗАКОНЫ» содержат очень краткую пошаговую информацию о том, с чего можно начать на пути к восстановлению своих нарушенных прав. Мы вправе на многое. Все люди рождаются свободными и […]

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Promoting Smart Policy on Drugs: Brief to the Minister of Health

“The UN General Assembly Special Session on the World Drug Problem (UNGASS) in April 2016 is a significant opportunity for Canada

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Decriminalizing Homosexuality: The cases of Canada and Jamaica

By Maurice Tomlinson, Senior Policy Analyst, Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network March 4, 2016 Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau recently indicated that he will posthumously pardon George Klippert for engaging in consensual sodomy. Klippert’s 1965 conviction under the British imposed anti-gay law and his subsequent sentence as a sex offender led to a public outcry that […]

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Submission to Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Pre-Inquiry Process

“We are pleased to see the new federal government’s commitment to recognizing the legacy of colonization on Indigenous peoples and its direct relationship to the widespread violence that Indigenous women suffer. We make this submission to urge the Inquiry to ensure the meaningful participation of Indigenous women who sell or trade sex and/or use drugs, […]

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Consent: Community engagement discussion guide

This Discussion Guide was created for people who want to use the film Consent: HIV non-disclosure and sexual assault law to engage colleagues, clients, students and communities on the use of sexual assault law to criminalize HIV non-disclosure in Canada. It is meant to be used as a companion piece to the film. To watch Consent online, […]

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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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Did Russia Cancel the Supremacy of International Law?

By Mikhail Golichenko, Senior Policy Analyst, Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network February 23, 2016 The amendments to Russia’s Federal Constitutional Law on the Constitutional Court, which came into force on December 15, 2015, simply enshrined into law a principle that was already implicit: the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation has the right to verify the […]

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Знать Права, Применять Законы

Практическое пошаговое пособие по расширению правовых возможностей людей, живущих с вич Или подверженных риску инфицирования вич, их близких и тех, кто их поддерживает. Настоящее пособие было подготовлено в рамках регионального проекта «ВИЧ, права человека и всеобщий доступ к профилактике, лечению, уходу и поддержке в Восточной Европе». Related Publications KNOW YOUR RIGHTS, USE YOUR LAWS (ENGLISH […]

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Know Your Rights, Use Your Laws

This handbook was written by a team of legal experts and reviewed by community activists working for improving the human rights situation of people with HIV and key populations most at risk of HIV. It is intended for people with HIV, people who are at higher risk of HIV, as well as their partners and […]

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Tuberculosis, Stigma and Drug Control: A case from Russia

By Mikhail Golichenko, Senior Policy Analyst, Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network February 4, 2016 In December 2015, I attended a judicial workshop on human rights and tuberculosis (TB) organized by the University of Chicago Center in Delhi. It was a great gathering of civil society activists, judges, lawyers and medical practitioners from more than ten countries including […]

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Submission to the Foreign Affairs Committee’s inquiry into the UK’s relations with Russia

“HRI, EHRN, ARF and the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network welcome the opportunity to provide input to the Committee’s inquiry into the UK’s relations with Russia. We view this inquiry as a significant time to draw attention to the importance of prioritising health and human rights of Russian people who use drugs within the context of […]

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

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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Six Ways Canada Can Adopt Prison-Based Needle and Syringe Programs Now: Report

TORONTO, February 3, 2016 — A research study has concluded that 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), are indisputably feasible in Canada and should be implemented in Canadian prisons without delay. Report: On […]

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Canada: Drug policy and economic, social, and cultural rights — Submission to the Committee on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights

“Canada is a party to the three main UN drug control conventions, which aim to control illicit drugs by reducing supply and demand, in particular through requiring States Parties to adopt varying degrees of prohibitions and sanctions on a range of designated controlled substances, while also providing some degree of (often contested) flexibility for States […]

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Jamaican Gay Activist Challenges TV Stations In Court

February 1, 2016 — Today the Jamaican Court of Appeal will begin hearing a landmark case brought forward by Jamaican attorney and human rights activist, Maurice Tomlinson. The case is challenging national television stations that refused to air a “tolerance ad” promoting respect for the human rights of LGBTI people. The original hearing set for July 22–24, 2015, […]

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R. v. Lloyd: A coalition condemns mandatory minimum sentencing at the Supreme Court

By Mclean Ayearst, legal research volunteer and former Legal Network intern January 13, 2016 The Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network is part of a coalition which is intervening at the Supreme Court in the case of R. v. Lloyd, the latest challenge to Canada’s harsh and damaging drug laws. In R. v. Lloyd, the Supreme Court […]

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Factum of the Interveners at the Supreme Court of Canada: R. v. Lloyd

“Globally, prisons disproportionately incarcerate people from marginalized communities, who, in turn, are disproportionately affected by conditions such as drug dependence, HIV, and hepatitis C virus. … Section 5(3)(a)(i)(D) of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (the “MMS Provision”) mandates that the persons to whom it applies serve a one year prison sentence, whatever their health condition. The […]

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We’re launching a challenge to Jamaica’s anti-sodomy law

Last Thursday, international Human Rights Day (December 10), senior policy analyst Maurice Tomlinson publicly launched a legal challenge to Jamaica’s anti-sodomy law, arguing that it violates the constitutional rights of LGBTI people. It has made news across the country — including an endorsement from the Jamaica Gleaner, the country’s most influential newspaper — and around the world, with stories appearing in The New […]

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Dignity and liberty for all: Why Jamaica’s sodomy law must go

December 9, 2015 Please note, an abbreviated version of this commentary was published earlier today by The Jamaica Gleaner under the headline “Why the sodomy law must go“. On December 10, 2015, International Human Rights Day, a new constitutional challenge to the Jamaican anti-sodomy law is being launched in Kingston. This outdated holdover from the […]

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Constitutional challenge to Jamaica’s anti-sodomy law: Questions & Answers

Jamaican human rights activist Maurice Tomlinson has filed a claim in the Jamaican Supreme Court of Judicature, challenging the country’s laws criminalizing “buggery” and other consensual sex between men as violating numerous rights guaranteed in Jamaica’s constitution. This backgrounder answers some key questions related to this constitutional challenge. Related news release: Jamaican Gay Activist Launches Constitutional […]

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Jamaican Gay Activist Launches Constitutional Challenge

TORONTO, December 9, 2015 — Jamaican human rights activist Maurice Tomlinson has filed a claim in the Supreme Court of Judicature, challenging the constitutionality of Jamaica’s laws criminalizing consensual sex between men. The legal challenge — which will be announced at a press conference tomorrow in Kingston, Jamaica — is being supported by the Canadian […]

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Increasing the visibility of LGBTI people and their rights in the Caribbean

December 4, 2015 Two separate, but related events supported by the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network took place in the Caribbean last week: Police LGBTI Sensitization Training in Antigua and Barbuda from November 24–27 and the launch of the Barbados Pride Committee in Barbados on November 28 and 29. The police training in Antigua was facilitated […]

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Consent: HIV Non-Disclosure and Sexual Assault Law (Montréal Screening)

Montréal screening (Dec. 1) of a new documentary produced by the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network and Goldelox Productions. Register at http://bit.ly/consent-MTL.

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Canada’s New Government Must Take Action on HIV

Toronto, November 30, 2015 — In a briefing paper released to parliamentarians in advance of World AIDS Day (December 1), the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network is calling on the new federal government to take decisive steps to address the HIV epidemic, both in Canada and abroad. Laying out five key areas and recommending associated actions, […]

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Action Required: five key HIV-related issues facing Canada’s federal government

It is time for Canada to re-commit to the global project of ending HIV, including by basing our response on sound scientific evidence and fundamental human rights principles.

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Daniele Bourgeois

Program Support Assistant Daniele joined the Legal Network staff in November 2015. At the Legal Network, Daniele supports the Program Support Manager to organize and maintain the Legal Network’s premises, files, library databases, membership process, supplies and resources. She also helps organize workshops, conferences and meetings, and assists with mailings and distribution. Daniele also performs […]

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Terry Gould

Program Support Manager Terry joined the Legal Network staff in October 1998 as an intern. He became the Program Support Manager in May 1999 on a part-time basis, assuming the post full time in April 2000. At the Legal Network, Terry leads the Program Support Team. He assigns tasks to and supervises the work of […]

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Doriana Schiavi

Finance Manager Doriana joined the Legal Network staff in January 2006. At the Legal Network, Doriana leads the Finance Team. She creates and manages budgets, assisting with applications for funding and preparing financial reports to funders. She also performs the day-to-day tasks required with respect to the Legal Network’s finances.

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Irene Gerassimova

Development Officer Irene joined the Legal Network staff in September 2015. At the Legal Network, Irene assists the Director of Development and Outreach with the acquisition of revenue from individual donors, foundations and government grants, and helps identify and enlarge the pool of prospective individual donors through data mining and prospect research. She also maintains […]

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Remembering trans lives lost … and agitating for change, in Canada and abroad

November 20, 2015 Today is the 17th International Transgender Day of Remembrance. Since 1999, this day has been an opportunity to raise public awareness of the ongoing violence experienced by trans people, and to honour the lives of those trans people murdered because of stigma and hate. It is an appalling global tragedy that, even in […]

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HIV stigma and Charlie Sheen’s outing: things to remember

November 17, 2015 In a television interview this week, actor Charlie Sheen revealed he is living with HIV, claiming that part of his reason for doing so is to put an end to years of rumours as well as extortion through threats of revealing his status. His revelation has prompted a flurry of media attention […]

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Fears Confirmed: Access to medicines and the Trans-Pacific Partnership

November 13, 2015 Last week, the text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement was finally made public. Running to more than 6000 pages, it raises a host of grave concerns about its impact on everything from environmental protection to labour and other human rights, from internet privacy to food safety… and much more, including access […]

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Letter to Prime Minister and Ministers of International Trade, Health, and International Development re: Access to medicines and the Trans‐Pacific Partnership

“We write to you as Canadian civil society organizations concerned about access to medicines, in Canada and globally. A number of us are members of the Global Treatment Access Group (GTAG), a working group bringing together various Canadian organizations advocating for greater access to medicines, and other aspects of the human right to the highest attainable standard of health, in […]

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Letter to Government of Ontario Requesting Ontario Overdose Coordinator and Action Plan

“The Government of Ontario has taken some important steps on the issue of opioid overdose, including the provision of naloxone to select HIV/AIDS and hepatitis C programs. However, further action on overdose prevention and intervention is urgently needed to build on these initial steps.”

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Consent: HIV Non-Disclosure and Sexual Assault Law (Toronto Screening)

Toronto screening (Nov. 26) of a new documentary produced by the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network and Goldelox Productions. Register at http://bit.ly/consent-TO.

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Updates from Russia: Intervening at the European Court of Human Rights and recent successes

November 2, 2015 The HIV epidemic in Russia and Eastern Europe is home to the world’s most rapidly expanding epidemic. Taken together, Russia and Ukraine account for over 85 percent of the people living with HIV in the region. In this critical context, the Legal Network continues to work with its partners on the ground […]

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HIV Disclosure to Sexual Partners: Questions and answers for newcomers

This brochure — in five languages — will help newcomers to Canada make informed decisions about disclosing to sexual partners. 

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Up for Vote: A New Vision on Drug Policy

October 19, 2015 The following blog post was written jointly by Richard Elliott, Executive Director of the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network, and Donald MacPherson, Executive Director of the Canadian Drug Policy Coalition. How encouraging that the state of our outdated and ineffective drug policy is getting some attention during this federal election. Finally, after decades of […]

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Open Letter to the Board and Executive Director of The Global Fund re: Funding target of the 5th Replenishment

“The launch of the Global Fund’s 5th Replenishment comes at a critical moment as civil society challenges world leaders to deliver on their commitment to accelerate the end of the epidemics by 2030. The Global Fund’s 5th Replenishment will be a test of global commitments to delivering on the new Sustainable Development Goals and a […]

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Consent: HIV Non-Disclosure and Sexual Assault Law

A new documentary film on HIV non-disclosure and sexual assault law — produced by the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network and Goldelox Productions

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Consent: HIV Non-Disclosure and Sexual Assault Law (Vancouver Screening)

Vancouver screening (Oct. 22) of a new documentary produced by the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network and Goldelox Productions. Register at http://bit.ly/consentvan.

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An open letter to the foreign participants of the 5th Eastern Europe and Central Asia AIDS Conference

“We, activists and representatives of the key populations affected by HIV and non-governmental organizations working in the field of combating the HIV epidemic in Eastern Europe and Central Asia (EECA) and other countries, with this open letter would like to express our concern in anticipation of your expected participation in the 5th Eastern Europe and […]

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Major Federal Parties Promise to Reform Canadian Drug Policy

TORONTO, October 13, 2015 — Three major federal political parties have come out in support of reforming Canadian drug policy. If elected, they would address Canada’s “drug problem” through sound evidence-based measures that reduce harm and protect public safety, rather than the misinformed and punitive approach that currently dominates the country’s policy.

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Election 2015: Bill C-2 and supervised consumption services — Canada’s major federal parties respond

This is the sixth and last in a series of blog posts being published by the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network ahead of Election Day on October 19, 2015. Recently, we sent a questionnaire to the five major federal parties, asking their position on key questions related to HIV and human rights. Four out of five […]

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Election 2015: Prisoners’ right to health — Canada’s major federal parties respond

This is the fifth in a series of blog posts being published by the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network ahead of Election Day on October 19, 2015. Recently, we sent a questionnaire to the five major federal parties, asking their position on key questions related to HIV and human rights. Four out of five parties responded. […]

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Election 2015: Funding the federal HIV/AIDS strategy — Canada’s major federal parties respond

This is the fourth in a series of blog posts being published daily by the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network ahead of Election Day on October 19, 2015. Recently, we sent a questionnaire to the five major federal parties, asking their position on key questions related to HIV and human rights. Four out of five parties […]

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Election 2015: Bill C-36 and sex workers’ rights — Canada’s major federal parties respond

This is the third in a series of blog posts being published by the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network ahead of Election Day on October 19, 2015. Recently, we sent a questionnaire to the five major federal parties, asking their position on key questions related to HIV and human rights. Four out of five parties responded. […]

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Election 2015: Bill C-398 and access to medicines — Canada’s major federal parties respond

This is the second in a series of blog posts being published by the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network ahead of Election Day on October 19, 2015. Recently, we sent a questionnaire to the five major federal parties, asking their position on key questions related to HIV and human rights. Four out of five parties responded. […]

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Election 2015: LGBTI rights at home and abroad — Canada’s major federal parties respond

This is the first in a series of blog posts being published by the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network ahead of Election Day on October 19, 2015. Recently, we sent a questionnaire to the five major federal parties, asking their position on key questions related to HIV and human rights. Four out of five parties responded. […]

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Election 2015: Keeping HIV and Human Rights on the Agenda

On October 19, 2015, Canada’s voters have an opportunity to decide what kind of government they want — one that has regard for evidence and upholds health and human rights for all, or one that perpetuates outmoded and ill-informed policies

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Proud to Vote: LGBTQ Issues in the Federal Election

October 1, 2015 On September 24 in Toronto, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) issues were front and centre on the campaign trail as the Dignity Initiative (co-founded by the Legal Network) co-hosted “Proud to Vote: LGBTQ Issues in the Federal Election.” September 24 also marked the launch of the Dignity Initiative’s Call to […]

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Cannabis policy

By any measure, cannabis prohibition in Canada has failed to meet the stated objective of reducing demand. Despite extensive enforcement efforts, cannabis remains the most frequently used illegal drug in Canada; among youth, it is the second-most-used psychoactive substance, after alcohol. Compared to other jurisdictions, rates of use among Canadian youth are high, and a significant illegal market in cannabis production and […]

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Drug policy and harm reduction

Harm reduction reflects widespread consensus among a range of government officials, health care professionals, police and law enforcement agencies, academics and nongovernmental organizations. Yet in 2007, the Government of Canada removed harm reduction as an official element of Canada’s federal drug strategy and implemented a more punitive approach to drug policy. Once a relative leader in progressive drug policy, Canada has also […]

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Drug policy and overdose prevention and response

Across Canada, far too many people are dying from drug overdoses. This public health emergency can affect anyone, including those using prescription opioids medically or non-medically, as well as people who use drugs purchased on the illegal and unregulated market.

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Divulgación de la condición de VIH a parejas sexuales: Preguntas y respuestas para recién llegados

Este folleto te ayudará a tomar decisiones informadas sobre la divulgación de tu condición a tu pareja sexual. En él encontrarás información importante sobre la legislación penal en Canadá, la salud pública e implicaciones específicas para los recién llegados, que incluyen residentes permanentes, estudiantes, trabajadores temporales, visitantes, refugiados e inmigrantes no legalizados. [HIV Disclosure to […]

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向性伴侣披露 艾滋病病毒感染状况: 给新移民的问题与解答

本手册能帮助您对于向性伴侣披露艾滋病病毒状况做出明智的决定。本手册提供了有关加拿大刑法、公共医疗的重要信息,及其对新移民的具体影响,新移民包括永久居民、学生、临时工人、访问者、难民以及没有移民身份的人。 [HIV Disclosure to Sexual Partners: Questions and answers for newcomers in Chinese]

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ਜਿਨਸੀ ਸਾਥੀ/ਸਾਥਣਾਂ ਨੂੰ HIV ਬਾਰੇ ਖੁਲਾਸਾ: ਨਵੇਂ ਆਉਣ ਵਾਲਿਆਂ ਵਾਸਤੇ ਸਵਾਲ ਅਤੇ ਜਵਾਬ

ਇਹ ਬਰੌਸ਼ਰ ਤੁਹਾਡੇ ਜਿਨਸੀ ਸਾਥੀ/ਸਾਥਣਾਂ ਕੋਲ ਖੁਲਾਸਾ ਕਰਨ ਬਾਬਤ ਸੂਚਿਤ ਫੈਸਲੇ ਲੈਣ ਵਿੱਚ ਤੁਹਾਡੀ ਮਦਦ ਕਰੇਗਾ। ਇਹ ਕੈਨੇਡਾ ਵਿੱਚ ਅਪਰਾਧਕ ਕਨੂੰਨ, ਜਨਤਕ ਸਿਹਤ, ਅਤੇ ਨਵੇਂ ਆਉਣ ਵਾਲਿਆਂ ਲਈ ਵਿਸ਼ੇਸ਼ ਉਲਝਣਾਂ ਬਾਰੇ ਮਹੱਤਵਪੂਰਨ ਜਾਣਕਾਰੀ ਦਿੰਦਾ ਹੈ, ਜਿਸ ਵਿੱਚ ਸਥਾਈ ਵਸਨੀਕ, ਵਿਦਿਆਰਥੀ, ਅਸਥਾਈ ਕਾਮੇ, ਸੈਲਾਨੀ, ਸ਼ਰਣਾਰਥੀ, ਅਤੇ ਬਿਨਾਂ ਕਿਸੇ ਪ੍ਰਵਾਸ ਅਵਸਥਾ ਵਾਲੇ ਲੋਕ ਵੀ ਸ਼ਾਮਲ ਹਨ। [HIV […]

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Russian Drug Policy as a Distorting Reflection of the UN Drug Conventions — Submission to the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, May 2015

This paper is drafted by members of the Russian Civil Society Mechanism for Monitoring of Drug Policy Reforms in Russia, with technical assistance of the Andrey Rylkov Foundation for Health and Social Justice and the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network, and in response to the letter of April 16, 2015 from Nathalie Prouvez, OHCHR Chief of […]

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#JustSayNyet: Say No to Russia’s Drug Policy

September 28, 2015 In Russia, discriminatory drug policies and their practical applications continue to fuel the spread of HIV by targeting those least able to defend themselves. The Russian government’s response to the world drug “problem” has been a distorted reflection of United Nations drug conventions. The result has been an ugly form of unrestricted […]

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Researching the effects of surveillance on women living with HIV

Researching the effects of surveillance on women living with HIV September 2015 While media headlines focus on individuals prosecuted for alleged HIV non-disclosure, we know that the impacts of criminalizing HIV non-disclosure go far beyond those who are formally charged. I was therefore delighted to learn in April that our 3-year community-based research (CBR) proposal […]

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Remembering Peter Collins, 1961–2015

August 17, 2015 The Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network is remembering Peter (Pete) Collins, an activist for the health and human rights of people in prison. Pete passed away from cancer on August 13, 2015, in Bath Institution near Kingston, Ontario, having been denied compassionate release by the Parole Board of Canada despite many appeals. Pete […]

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Overcoming our Addiction to Repression

In this video, the Honourable Louise Arbour condemns the devastating “war on drugs” and calls for a human rights-based approach to drug policy.

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Love and Respect: Q&A on Jamaican TV ad court case

  In 2012, Jamaican human rights activists and AIDS-Free World produced “Love and Respect,” a short, 30-second video advertisement calling for respect for the basic human rights of Jamaican LGBTI people. However, television stations in Jamaica refused to air it as a paid advertisement. prompting this legal proceeding. Jamaican human rights activist, Maurice Tomlinson, is pursuing […]

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Ron Rosenes

Ron Rosenes joined the Legal Network’s board of directors in 2015. Ron has been living with HIV for close to 40 years. As a consultant, his work is centred on a framework of social justice, equitable access and an understanding of the social determinants of health. His commitment to the promotion of human rights strongly […]

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Veronica Cenac

Veronica Cenac joined the Legal Network’s board of directors in 2015. Veronica is an Attorney-at-Law in Saint Lucia. She has over 17 years’ experience in legal work, including civil litigation, public law, constitutional law, immigration law, labour law, human rights law (with a focus on refugees and HIV and AIDS), and real estate and corporate […]

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Right(s) Now

A comprehensive campaign designed to support the Legal Network’s policy goals from 2014–2017.

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Net(work) Gains: Annual Report 2014–2015

Highlights of our work in Canada and around the world from April 1, 2014 to March 31, 2015

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Update: R v. Smith – Supreme Court sensibly strikes down arbitrary restrictions in Canada’s regulations on medical cannabis

June 11, 2015   The Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network, the Canadian AIDS Society and HIV & AIDS Legal Clinic Ontario (HALCO) welcome the decision today in the case of R v. Smith, in which the Supreme Court of Canada unanimously decided that patients with a legal authorization to use cannabis as medicine are entitled to consume […]

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Needle and syringe programs in prison: Why?

June 10, 2015 When we call on the Government of Canada to protect prisoners’ right to health by introducing prison-based needle and syringe programs, it is essential that the voices of people living in Canadian prisons be heard. Jarrod, a current federal prisoner, writes about how the Canadian government is failing to protect its prison […]

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Statement Condemning the Passage of Bill C-2, the So-called Respect for Communities Act

“We, the undersigned, firmly believe that today’s anticipated Senate passage of Bill C-2, the so-called Respect for Communities Act, undermines the rights of people who use drugs to access life-saving and health-protecting services.”

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Drug policy and human rights: the Canadian context — Submission to the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

“Canada is a party to the three main UN drug control conventions, which aim to control illicit drugs by reducing supply and demand, in particular through requiring States Parties to adopt varying degrees of prohibitions and sanctions on a range of designated controlled substances, while also providing some degree of (often contested) flexibility for States […]

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Bringing Science to Justice: Beyond the Canadian Consensus Statement on HIV and its Transmission in the Context of Criminal Law

May 7, 2015 On April 30, the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network co-hosted this ancillary event at the Annual Canadian Conference on HIV/AIDS Research (CAHR), along with the Canadian Experts on HIV and Transmission Team, and HIV & AIDS Legal Clinic Ontario (HALCO). In 2012, the Supreme Court of Canada took a step in the wrong […]

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Prison Health Now: Needle and Syringe Programs in Canada’s Prisons

May 7, 2015 On April 30, the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network co-hosted an ancillary event on this topic at the Annual Canadian Conference on HIV/AIDS Research (CAHR), along with the Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network (CAAN), Native Youth Sexual Health Network, Prisoners with HIV/AIDS Support Action Network (PASAN), and Ryerson University’s Department of Criminology. There’s a […]

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Ontario turning its back on sex workers – Statement

While Ontario Attorney General Madeleine Meilleur has not yet publicly released her review of Canada’s new, misguided sex work law, we understand – according to a reported statement today by Premier Kathleen Wynne – that this review has found “no clear unconstitutionality” in the socalled Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act. We disagree with […]

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Blocking health services unconscionable: Bill C-2 vote today

As Bill C-2 comes up for a final vote in the House of Commons, organizations across Canada voice their support for life-saving supervised consumption services for people who use drugs. [Click here to read the Statement to Canadian Parliamentarians Opposing Bill C-2.]

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Statement to Canadian Parliamentarians Opposing Bill C-2, An Act to amend the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act

“We strongly oppose Bill C-2 and ask our elected representatives to reject it and, instead of creating barriers, increase access to evidence-based prevention, harm reduction and treatment services in Canada. Our communities deserve better.”

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ADVOCACY ACTION: Take action against Bill C-2, and put our communities first!

Today, Members of Parliament are expected to vote on Bill C-2, the so-called Respect for Communities Act. This bill attacks the human rights of people who use drugs, impeding their access to life-saving harm reduction services. If it becomes law, Bill C-2 would create an onerous, unreasonable process for health authorities and community agencies seeking […]

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Free public screening: The Abominable Crime

The Abominable Crime, by Micah Fink Screening at AGO Jackman Hall, April 16, 2015, 7:30 p.m. REGISTRATION REQUIRED

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Statement in reaction to political statement of the 59th Commission on the Status of Women

“We, the undersigned non-governmental organizations and activists working for the promotion and protection of human rights and empowerment of all persons, regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or intersex status, would like to express both disappointment and cautious optimism on the occasion of the adoption of the Political Declaration at the 59th […]

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Commission on Narcotic Drugs 2015 (Vienna): joint panel on public health and drug control

At the 58th Session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs, 9–17 March, 2015, Vienna, Austria

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Adding fuel to the fire: How Russia’s discriminatory laws are worsening the HIV epidemic

February 26, 2015 Despite widespread recognition that the so-called “war on drugs” has failed, we continue to read stories from around the world of the unjust criminalization, discrimination and the dehumanization of people who use drugs. In Russia, bad laws that infringe the rights of people who use drugs are fueling the HIV epidemic. People who […]

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Life, and death, with medical choice: How the Supreme Court of Canada got it right

February 13, 2015 By now you know that last Friday, the Supreme Court of Canada unanimously ruled that people living in Canada have the constitutional right to medical assistance in dying, if they so choose. It was a landmark decision and a landmark day, both long in the making. We applaud this historic decision, and […]

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Housing rights case dismissed — but a door remains open

February 4, 2015 It is estimated that 1.3 million people have experienced homelessness in Canada over the past five years. The country’s streets are host to some 235,000 people on any night, and many more struggle in inadequate or unreliable housing. Yet despite these unconscionable numbers, Canada does not have a federal housing strategy — […]

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Maurice Tomlinson

Senior Policy Analyst Maurice joined the Legal Network staff in February 2015. At the Legal Network, Maurice acts as counsel and/or claimant in cases challenging anti-gay laws before the most senior tribunals in the Caribbean, authors reports to regional and UN agencies on the human rights situation for LGBTI people in this region, conducts judicial […]

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Sex Workers, Unite! (Litigating for Sex Workers’ Freedom of Association in Russia)

The existing legal framework in Russia makes sex work and related activities punishable offenses, leaving sex workers stigmatized, vulnerable to violence, and disproportionally affected by HIV and other sexually transmitted infections. In light of international human rights standards, in particular the jurisprudence of the European Court of Human Rights, we examine in this paper whether […]

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Advocates call on provincial leaders to resist deadly law, end violence against sex workers

This was released at today’s press conference re: the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers. Click here to read Richard Elliott’s remarks.

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Letter from the legal community to Ontario Premier and Attorney General re: Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act

Today, on the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers, sex workers and their allies will send a strong message to Canada’s provincial leaders: Reject the federal government’s toxic new law governing sex work, and do not enforce the law while its constitutionality remains in question. 190 legal experts in Canada have signed a […]

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R. v. W.: HIV non-disclosure back at the Supreme Court — but with a twist

On December 8, 2014, the Supreme Court of Canada heard R. v. W., an HIV non-disclosure case in which the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network the HIV & AIDS Legal Clinic Ontario (HALCO) and COCQ-SIDA (the provincial network of HIV organizations in Quebec) intervened. In this case, a man living with HIV was appealing his conviction […]

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Media Advisory: At Queen’s Park, sex workers and allies demand action from provincial leaders

On December 17, the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers, sex workers and their allies will be calling on Canada’s provincial leaders to take action. Sex Professionals of Canada (SPOC), Maggie’s — Toronto Sex Workers’ Action Project, the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network, COUNTERfit Women’s Harm Reduction Program (South Riverdale Community Health Centre), and […]

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Time for transparency on the TPP

For the last five years, Canada and 11 other countries have been secretly negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), often described as “NAFTA on steroids.” Among many other concerns, health groups have been sounding the alarm that access to affordable medicines for millions of people in the negotiating countries could be one of those things traded […]

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In Conversation with … Ron Rosenes

Ron Rosenes is a member of the Legal Network’s Advocates Circle and a past Vice Chair of the Canadian Treatment Action Council who has been working on HIV-related issues for more than twenty-five years. He was recently awarded the Order of Canada for his community work. How have your background and lived experience influenced your […]

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Letter to TPP Ministers and Heads of Delegation re: transparency

“Ever since talks over the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement (TPP) began over five years ago, there have been broad public calls on leaders to make negotiations more transparent and open to the public. In statements, in letters, and in face-to-face meetings with trade representatives, we have urged the adoption of concrete practices that would better enable the kind of open […]

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Video: Putting human rights into human hands in Russian-speaking countries

Russia has the world’s fastest-growing HIV epidemic, driven by injection-drug use, and fuelled by discrimination, criminalization and horrific human rights abuses. This video — produced by the Levi Strauss Foundation’s HIV Advocates program — lays out the work of the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network in Russia and other Russian-speaking countries. Our goal, as Senior Policy […]

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Video: Empowering through networks in Russian-speaking countries

How does a researcher at the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network in Toronto defend the human rights of a person who uses drugs in Russia? Through indispensable partner organizations and the initiative of people who use drugs empowered to stand up for their own rights. In this video produced by the Open Society Foundations, Senior Policy […]

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Letter to Canadian premiers re: Bill C-36

“We are deeply concerned with the new criminal provisions introduced by the so-called Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act,

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A conversation with Sir Richard Branson on drug policy, moderated by Anna Maria Tremonti (Dec. 12, 2014)

Join us on December 12, in Toronto, for a conversation about drug policy with Richard Branson, moderated by Anna Maria Tremonti.

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Free Webinar: Disclosure as a patient, December 10, 2014

Webinar: Disclosure as a patient Do I have an obligation to disclose my HIV-positive status to my dentist? If I disclose my status to a doctor, can he/she disclose that information to another health-care professional without my consent? Can I access my health-record? What can I do if I experience discrimination? To learn more about […]

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Pagkapribado at pagsisiwalat: mga tanong at sagot na ukol sa mga isyu sa pagkapribado at pagsisiwalat na nauugnay sa HIV para sa mga provider ng kababaihan

Sinasagot ng dokumentong ito ang ilang karaniwang legal na tanong na may-kaugnayan sa HIV, ng mga ahensyang naghahatid-serbisyo sa kababaihan sa Canada. Ang impormasyon ay makakatulong sa mga service provider na bigyang-kaalaman at ituro sa mga babaeng tinutulungan nila, na makakuha ng legal na impormasyon at suporta kapag kinakailangan. Ito ay maghaharap din ng gabay […]

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PAGSISIWALAT, PAGKAPRIBADO AT PAGIGING MAGULANG

Nabubuhay nang may HIV: Alamin ang Iyong mga Karapatan PAGSISIWALAT, PAGKAPRIBADO  AT PAGIGING MAGULANG Mga Tanong at Sagot [Know Your Rights 8: Disclosure, privacy and parenting in Tagalog]

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PAGSISIWALAT SA PAARALAN AT DAYCARE

Nabubuhay nang may HIV: Alamin ang Iyong mga Karapatan PAGSISIWALAT SA PAARALAN AT DAYCARE Mga Tanong at Sagot [Know Your Rights 7: Disclosure in school and daycare in Tagalog]

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PAGKAPRIBADO AT MGA RECORD NG KALUSUGAN

Nabubuhay nang may HIV: Alamin ang Iyong mga Karapatan PAGKAPRIBADO AT MGA RECORD NG KALUSUGAN Mga Tanong at Sagot [Know Your Rights 6: Privacy and health records in Tagalog]

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ਪਰਦੇਦਾਰੀ ਅਤੇ ਖੁਲਾਸਾ: ਔਰਤਾਂ ਲਈ ਸੇਵਾ ਪ੍ਰਦਾਨਕਾਂ ਵਾਸਤੇ HIV-ਸਬੰਿਧਤ ਪਰਦੇਦਾਰੀ ਅਤੇ ਖੁਲਾਸੇ ਦੇ ਮਾਮਿਲਆਂ ਬਾਰੇ ਸਵਾਲ ਅਤੇ ਜਵਾਬ

ਇਹ ਦਸਤਾਵੇਜ਼ ਕੈਨੇ ਡਾ ਿਵੱਚ ਔਰਤਾਂ ਨੰ ੂ ਸੇਵਾਵਾਂ ਪ੍ਰਦਾਨ ਕਰਾਉਣ ਵਾਲੇ ਅਦਾਿਰਆਂ ਦੇ ਕੁਝ ਆਮ HIV-ਸਬੰਿਧਤ ਕਨੰ ੂਨੀ ਸਵਾਲਾਂ ਵੱਲ ਤਵੱਜ ਿਦੰਦਾ ਹੈ। ਇਹ ਜਾਣਕਾਰੀ ਜ਼ਰੂਰਤ ਪੈਣ ’ਤੇ, ਸੇਵਾ ਪ੍ਰਦਾਨਕਾਂ ਨੰ ੂ ਉਹਨਾਂ ਔਰਤਾਂ ਨੰ ੂ ਉਿਚਤ ਕਨੰ ੂਨੀ ਜਾਣਕਾਰੀ ਅਤੇ ਸਹਾਇਤਾ ਬਾਰੇ ਸੂਿਚਤ ਕਰਨ ਅਤੇ ਉਹਨਾਂ ਕੋਲ ਭੇਜਣ ਿਵੱਚ ਮਦਦ ਕਰੇਗੀ ਿਜੰਨ੍ਹ ਾਂ ਨਾਲ […]

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PAGSISIWALAT BILANG ISANG PASYENTE

Nabubuhay nang may HIV: Alamin ang Iyong mga Karapatan PAGSISIWALAT BILANG ISANG PASYENTE Mga Tanong at Sagot [Know Your Rights 5: Disclosure as a patient in Tagalog]

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ਖੁਲਾਸਾ, ਪਰਦੇਦਾਰੀ ਅਤੇਬੱਿਚਆਂਦਾ ਪਾਲਣ-ਪੋਸ਼ਣ ਕਰਨਾ

HIV ਨਾਲ ਜੀਵਨ ਬਸਰ ਕਰਨਾ:ਆਪਣੇਅਿਧਕਾਰਾਂ ਨੰ ੂ ਜਾਣੋ ਖੁਲਾਸਾ, ਪਰਦੇਦਾਰੀ ਅਤੇਬੱਿਚਆਂਦਾ ਪਾਲਣ-ਪੋਸ਼ਣ ਕਰਨਾ ਸਵਾਲ ਅਤੇਜਵਾਬ [Know Your Rights 8: Disclosure, privacy and parenting in Punjabi]

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PAGSISIWALAT AT POST-SECONDARY NA EDUKASYON

Nabubuhay nang may HIV: Alamin ang Iyong mga Karapatan PAGSISIWALAT AT POST-SECONDARY NA EDUKASYON Mga Tanong at Sagot [Know Your Rights 4: Disclosure and post-secondary education in Tagalog]

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ਸਕੂਲ ਅਤੇਡੇ-ਕੇਅਰ ਿਵੱਚ ਖੁਲਾਸਾ

HIV ਨਾਲ ਜੀਵਨ ਬਸਰ ਕਰਨਾ:ਆਪਣੇਅਿਧਕਾਰਾਂ ਨੰ ੂ ਜਾਣੋ ਸਕੂਲ ਅਤੇਡੇ-ਕੇਅਰ ਿਵੱਚ ਖੁਲਾਸਾ ਸਵਾਲ ਅਤੇਜਵਾਬ [Know Your Rights 7: Disclosure in school and daycare in Punjabi]

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MGA LUNAS PARA SA DISKRIMINASYON AT MGA PAGSIRA SA PAGKAPRIBADO SA LUGAR NG TRABAHO

Nabubuhay nang may HIV: Alamin ang Iyong mga Karapatan MGA LUNAS PARA SA DISKRIMINASYON AT MGA PAGSIRA SA PAGKAPRIBADO SA LUGAR NG TRABAHO Mga Tanong at Sagot [Know Your Rights 3: Remedies for discrimination and privacy violations in the workplace in Tagalog]

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الخصوصية والإفصاح: أسئلة وأجوبة حول مشكلات الخصوصية والإفصاح المتعلقة بفيروس نقص المناعة البشرية لموفري الخدمات إلى السيدات

يعالج ھذا المستند بعض الأسئلة القانونية العامة المتعلقة بفيروس نقص المناعة البشرية حول الوكالات التي تقدم خدمات للسيدات في كندا. وتساعد ھذه المعلومات موفري الخدمات في إحالة وإعلام السيدات اللاتي يتعاملون معھن بالمعلومات القانونية المناسبة وتقديم الدعم لھن عند الضرورة. كما توفر لھم التوجيھات بشأن مسؤولياتھم فيما يتعلق بالمعلومات الخاصة بفيروس نقص المناعة البشرية. أبريل […]

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PAGTANGGAP AT PAGTULONG SA LUGAR NG TRABAHO

Nabubuhay nang may HIV: Alamin ang Iyong mga Karapatan PAGTANGGAP AT PAGTULONG SA LUGAR NG TRABAHO Mga Tanong at Sagot [Know Your Rights 2: Accommodation in the workplace in Tagalog]

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الإفصاح، والخصوصية وتربية الأبناء

التعايش مع فيروس نقص المناعة البشرية: اعرف حقوقك الإفصاح، والخصوصية وتربية الأبناء الأسئلة والأجوبة Know Your Rights 8: Disclosure, privacy and parenting in Arabic

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الإفصاح في المدرسة ودار رعاية الأطفال

التعايش مع فيروس نقص المناعة البشرية: اعرف حقوقك الإفصاح في المدرسة ودار رعاية الأطفال الأسئلة والأجوبة Know Your Rights 7: Disclosure in school and daycare in Arabic

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الخصوصية والسجلات الصحية

التعايش مع فيروس نقص المناعة البشرية: اعرف حقوقك الخصوصية والسجلات الصحية الأسئلة والأجوبة Know Your Rights 6: Privacy and health records in Arabic

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الإفصاح كمريض

التعايش مع فيروس نقص المناعة البشرية: اعرف حقوقك الإفصاح كمريض الأسئلة والأجوبة Know Your Rights 5: Disclosure as a patient in Arabic

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الإفصاح والتعليم بعد الثانوي

التعايش مع فيروس نقص المناعة البشرية: اعرف حقوقك الإفصاح والتعليم بعد الثانوي الأسئلة والأجوبة Know Your Rights 4: Disclosure and post-secondary education in Arabic

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ਪਰਦੇਦਾਰੀ ਅਤੇਿਸਹਤ ਿਰਕਾਰਡ

HIV ਨਾਲ ਜੀਵਨ ਬਸਰ ਕਰਨਾ:ਆਪਣੇਅਿਧਕਾਰਾਂ ਨੰ ੂ ਜਾਣੋ ਪਰਦੇਦਾਰੀ ਅਤੇਿਸਹਤ ਿਰਕਾਰਡ ਸਵਾਲ ਅਤੇਜਵਾਬ [Know Your Rights 6: Privacy and health records in Punjabi]

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التدابير التصحيحية للتمييز وانتھاكات الخصوصية في محل العمل

التعايش مع فيروس نقص المناعة البشرية: اعرف حقوقك التدابير التصحيحية للتمييز وانتھاكات الخصوصية في محل العمل الأسئلة والأجوبة Know Your Rights 3: Remedies for discrimination and privacy violations in the workplace en Arabe

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ਇੱਕ ਮਰੀਜ਼ ਵਜ ਖੁਲਾਸਾ

HIV ਨਾਲ ਜੀਵਨ ਬਸਰ ਕਰਨਾ:ਆਪਣੇਅਿਧਕਾਰਾਂ ਨੰ ੂ ਜਾਣੋ ਇੱਕ ਮਰੀਜ਼ ਵਜ ਖੁਲਾਸਾ ਸਵਾਲ ਅਤੇਜਵਾਬ [Know Your Rights 5: Disclosure as a patient in Punjabi]

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ਖੁਲਾਸਾ ਅਤੇ ਸੈਕੰਡਰੀ ਦੇਬਾਅਦ ਦੀ ਿਸੱਿਖਆ

HIV ਨਾਲ ਜੀਵਨ ਬਸਰ ਕਰਨਾ:ਆਪਣੇਅਿਧਕਾਰਾਂ ਨੰ ੂ ਜਾਣੋ ਖੁਲਾਸਾ ਅਤੇ ਸੈਕੰਡਰੀ ਦੇਬਾਅਦ ਦੀ ਿਸੱਿਖਆ ਸਵਾਲ ਅਤੇਜਵਾਬ [Know Your Rights 4: Disclosure and post-secondary education in Punjabi]

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ਕਾਰਜ-ਸਥਾਨ ਿਵੱਚ ਭੇਦਭਾਵ ਅਤੇ ਪਰਦੇਦਾਰੀ ਦੀਆਂਉਲੰਘਣਾਵਾਂ ਵਾਸਤੇ ਉਪਚਾਰ

HIV ਨਾਲ ਜੀਵਨ ਬਸਰ ਕਰਨਾ:ਆਪਣੇਅਿਧਕਾਰਾਂ ਨੰ ੂ ਜਾਣੋ ਕਾਰਜ-ਸਥਾਨ ਿਵੱਚ ਭੇਦਭਾਵ ਅਤੇ ਪਰਦੇਦਾਰੀ ਦੀਆਂਉਲੰਘਣਾਵਾਂ ਵਾਸਤੇ ਉਪਚਾਰ ਸਵਾਲ ਅਤੇਜਵਾਬ [Know Your Rights 3: Remedies for discrimination and privacy violations in the workplace in Punjabi]

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ਕਾਰਜ-ਸਥਾਨ ਿਵੱਚ ਅਨੁਕੂਲਤਾ

HIV ਨਾਲ ਜੀਵਨ ਬਸਰ ਕਰਨਾ:ਆਪਣੇਅਿਧਕਾਰਾਂ ਨੰ ੂ ਜਾਣੋ ਕਾਰਜ-ਸਥਾਨ ਿਵੱਚ ਅਨੁਕੂਲਤਾ ਸਵਾਲ ਅਤੇਜਵਾਬ [Know Your Rights 2: Accommodation in the workplace in Punjabi]

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隐私和信息披露: 妇女服务机构关于艾滋病毒相关隐私和信息披露问题 和解答

本文解答了加拿大妇女服务机构遇到的一些艾滋病毒相关的常见法律问题。这些内容将帮 助提供服务的机构在必要时为他们的服务对象提供适当的法律信息和援助,也将为他们在 提供艾滋病毒相关信息的工作方面提供一些指导。 2012年4月 [Privacy and disclosure: questions and answers on HIV-related privacy and disclosure issues for women’s service providers in Chinese]

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信息披露、隐私 和养育子女

艾滋病毒感染者:了解你们的权利 信息披露、隐私 和养育子女 问题与解答 [Know Your Rights 8: Disclosure, privacy and parenting in Chinese]

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在学校和幼儿园的 信息披露

艾滋病毒感染者:了解你们的权利 在学校和幼儿园的 信息披露 问题与解答 [Know Your Rights 7: Disclosure in school and daycare in Chinese]

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隐私和病历

艾滋病毒感染者:了解你们的权利 隐私和病历 问题与解答 [Know Your Rights 6: Privacy and health records in Chinese]

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作为病人的信息披露

艾滋病毒感染者:了解你们的权利 作为病人的信息披露 问题与解答 [Know Your Rights 5: Disclosure as a patient in Chinese]

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الاستيعاب في محل العمل

التعايش مع فيروس نقص المناعة البشرية: اعرف حقوقك الاستيعاب في محل العمل الأسئلة والأجوبة Know Your Rights 2: Accommodation in the workplace in Arabic

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信息披露和 中学后教育

艾滋病毒感染者:了解你们的权利 信息披露和 中学后教育 问题与解答 [Know Your Rights 4: Disclosure and post-secondary education in Chinese]

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工作场所受歧视和隐私被侵犯时的补 救措施

艾滋病毒感染者:了解你们的权利 工作场所受歧视和隐私被侵犯时的补 救措施 问题与解答 [Know Your Rights 3: Remedies for discrimination and privacy violations in the workplace in Chinese]

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Privacidad y Revelación: Preguntas y respuestas sobre temas de privacidad y revelación del VIH con proveedores de servicios para mujeres

Este documento toma en consideración algunas de las preguntas más comunes relacionadas con el derecho y el VIH de las agencias que dan servicios a mujeres en Canadá. El contenido ayudará a los proveedores de servicios a informar y referirlas a los servicios de ayuda o apoyo legal cuando sea necesario. También les da una […]

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工作场所的便利条件

艾滋病毒感染者:了解你们的权利 工作场所的便利条件 问题与解答 [Know Your Rights 2: Accommodation in the workplace in Chinese]

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REVELACIÓN, PRIVACIDAD Y CRIANZA DE HIJOS

Vivir con VIH: Conozca sus Derechos REVELACIÓN, PRIVACIDAD  Y CRIANZA DE HIJOS Preguntas y Respuestas [Know Your Rights 8: Disclosure, privacy and parenting in Spanish]

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REVELACIÓN EN LA ESCUELA Y LA GUARDERÍA

Vivir con VIH: Conozca sus Derechos REVELACIÓN EN LA ESCUELA  Y LA GUARDERÍA Preguntas y Respuestas [Know Your Rights 7: Disclosure in school and daycare in Spanish]

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PRIVACIDAD Y REGISTROS DE SALUD

Vivir con VIH: Conozca Sus Derechos PRIVACIDAD Y REGISTROS DE SALUD Preguntas y Respuestas [Know Your Rights 6: Privacy and health records in Spanish]

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REVELACION COMO PACIENTE

Vivir con VIH: Conozca sus Derechos REVELACION COMO PACIENTE Preguntas y Respuestas [Know Your Rights 5: Disclosure as a patient in Spanish]

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REVELACIÓN Y EDUCACIÓN POST-SECUNDARIA

Vivir con VIH: Conozca sus Derechos REVELACIÓN Y EDUCACIÓN POST-SECUNDARIA Preguntas y Respuestas [Know Your Rights 4: Disclosure and post-secondary education in Spanish]

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RECURSOS EN CASO DE DISCRIMINACIÓN O VIOLACIÓN DE LA PRIVACIDAD EN EL LUGAR DE TRABAJO

Vivir con VIH: Conozca sus derechos RECURSOS EN CASO DE DISCRIMINACIÓN O VIOLACIÓN DE LA PRIVACIDAD EN EL LUGAR DE TRABAJO Preguntas y Respuestas [Know Your Rights 3: Remedies for discrimination and privacy violations in the workplace in Spanish]

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AJUSTES EN EL LUGAR DE TRABAJO

Vivir con VIH: Conozca sus Derechos AJUSTES EN EL LUGAR DE TRABAJO Preguntas y Respuestas [Know Your Rights 2: Accommodation in the workplace in Spanish]

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No “End to AIDS” Without Human Rights: Canada’s Top 5 Issues for World Aids Day 2014

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Punishing condition: Richard Elliott and Michael Orsini on why the criminalization of HIV non-disclosure is a step backwards

The following op-ed was published in the November 24, 2014 edition of the Winnipeg Free Press. Michael Orsini is director of the Institute of Feminist and Gender Studies and associate professor in the School of Political Studies at the University of Ottawa. Richard Elliott is executive director of the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network. We’ve made great […]

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More than a Motion: Tanudjaja and the Fight for Affordable Housing (Part 2)

November 21, 2014 Read Part 1 here In May 2014, social justice activists and lawyers, representatives of non-profit organizations, federal and provincial government lawyers and interested public crowded into the Ontario Court of Appeal to hear an appeal of a motion to dismiss in Tanudjaja v. Canada. The courtroom was so packed that a satellite […]

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HIV and the Right to Housing: An Intro to the Tanudjaja Case (Part 1)

November 13, 2014 In Canada, November 22nd is National Housing Strategy Day, an important time to reflect on housing and homelessness in our country. #NationalHousingDay — You can read more here. There’s nothing quite like the feeling of coming home. Sliding the key into your door lock, you enter a space that’s yours and protects […]

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Submission to House of Commons Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration re: ss. 172 and 173 of Budget Bill C-43 (period of residence)

“On behalf of the HIV & AIDS Legal Clinic Ontario (HALCO) and the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network (Legal Network), please accept this brief recommending that sections 172 and 173 of Budget Bill C-43 be withdrawn.”

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Parliament Abandons Sex Workers, Denies Their Right to Health and Safety

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Bill C-2 Flouts Supreme Court, Condemns People Who Use Drugs to Needless Harm

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An Injection of Reason: Critical Analysis of Bill C-2

Bill C-2 (An Act to amend the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act) undermines the rights of people who use drugs to access lifesaving and health-protecting services. 

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Jessica Whitbread

Jessica joined the Legal Network’s board of directors in 2014. Jessica is an activist and artist who has been working in the HIV movement since shortly after her HIV diagnosis in 2002. She frequently works in the realm of social practice and community art, often merging art and activism to engage a diversity of audiences […]

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Daria Ocheret

Daria Ocheret joined the Legal Network’s board of directors in 2013. Daria first became involved with HIV prevention and harm reduction in 1998, as a volunteer at a Moscow harm reduction program. As a person who injected drugs for more than a decade and as a public health professional, she is greatly concerned about the […]

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Maria Nengeh Mensah

Maria Nengeh Mensah joined the Legal Network’s board of directors in 2013. Maria is a full professor at the École de travail social de l’Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), where she has taught women’s studies since 2002. A dedicated researcher, she conducts action-research projects which bring together community and university representatives around challenges related […]

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Andrew Beckerman

Andrew joined the Legal Network’s board of directors in 2014. He is an HIV+ gay man who was infected in 1980. Trained as an architect at University of California Berkeley, his architectural career included numerous community-based design services, the last of which provided home modifications for people with physical challenges. He has designed and constructed […]

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Marilou Gagnon

Marilou Gagnon joined the Legal Network’s board of directors in 2013 for a first mandate and a second mandate in 2015. She currently serves as Chair of the Board. Marilou is Associate Professor at the School of Nursing, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Ottawa and Director of the Unit for Critical Research in Health. […]

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Stéphanie Claivaz-Loranger

Stéphanie joined the Legal Network’s staff in July 2014. Stéphanie works on HIV-related human rights issues concerning prisons, sex work and immigration. She coordinates the Legal Network’s involvement in lawsuits challenging the Canadian government’s failure to provide sterile injection equipment in prison, and the Legal Network’s advocacy efforts concerning sex work. Previously, Stéphanie was responsible […]

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Letter to Hon. Mark Golding, Jamaica’s Minister of Justice re: Review of Sexual Offences Act

“We are deeply concerned about the continued criminalization of consensual sexual relationships between adult men in Jamaica and the stigmatization, marginalization and violence that it helps perpetuate. Our concern has intensified in recent years in light of a seeming surge in virulent expressions of hatred, up to and including mob assaults, torture and murder, directed […]

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School’s back — and, unfortunately, so is Bill C-36

From September 9 to 11, testimony on Bill C-36 (the so- called Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act) was heard by the Senate Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs. Stéphanie Claivaz-Loranger, Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network Policy Analyst, and network member Kara Gillies presented to the Committee, voicing strong opposition to the bill as it will greatly affect the […]

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Brief to the Senate Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs regarding Bill C-36, the Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act

This brief compares the Criminal Code provisions proposed by Bill C-36 against the Criminal Code provisions struck down by the Supreme Court of Canada in R v. Bedford. It explains how the new law, if enacted, will replicate the effects of the old law on the security of sex workers and, as such, reproduce the harms the Supreme Court of […]

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Forward Momentum: Annual Report 2013–2014

Highlights of our work in Canada and around the world from April 1, 2013 to March 31, 2014.

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Stay informed: The Legal Network’s new resources on criminalization of HIV non-disclosure

Blog by Cécile Kazatchkine, Senior Policy Analyst The overly broad criminalization of HIV is not a uniquely Canadian problem. In many countries around the world, a person living with HIV can be prosecuted, convicted and sent to prison for not disclosing their status, exposing someone to HIV or transmitting the virus. The situation in Canada is particularly infuriating at this juncture […]

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Criminal Law & HIV Non-Disclosure in Canada

This is a series of three info sheets on the criminalization of HIV non-disclosure in Canada: The obligation to disclose HIV-positive status under Canadian criminal law The criminalization of HIV non-disclosure in Canada and internationally Criminalization, public policy and community responses

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Sex, criminal law and HIV non-disclosure (video)

This short, two-part video series addresses the urgent, pressing legal issue of criminalization of HIV non-disclosure in Canada,

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In Memoriam: Elisse Zack

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Criminalization of HIV Non-Disclosure in Canada (webinar)

A series of 23 short videos on the criminalization of HIV non-disclosure in Canada, produced in July 2014 by the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network. Cécile Kazatchkine, Senior Policy Analyst at the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network, answers questions for people living with HIV about disclosure and the criminal law in Canada. We recommend that you watch […]

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In Memoriam: Passengers of MH17

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Letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper re: Canada’s response to the decision in Canada (Attorney General) v. Bedford

“We are concerned about the direction your government is taking with respect to adult prostitution in Canada. Bill C-36, also known as the Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act, proposes a legal regime that criminalizes many aspects of adult prostitution, including the purchase of sexual services, the advertisement of sexual services, and most communication […]

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Brief to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights regarding its study of Bill C-36, the Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act

“We appreciate the opportunity to comment on the study of the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights on Bill C-36, the Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act and to draw the Committee’s attention to certain elements which are particularly relevant from the perspective of health and human rights.”

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Reckless Endangerment — Q&A on Bill C-36: Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act

In December 2013, the Supreme Court of Canada unanimously decided that several parts of Canada’s Criminal Code dealing with prostitution are unconstitutional because

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The Whole (Legal) Truth: Bill C-36 Will Have Far-Reaching Implications for Canadian Communities

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Joint NGO Statement: Item 8 General Debate, Human Rights Council, 26th session, June 2014

“Three years ago, this Council adopted its first resolution on sexual orientation, gender identity and human rights. Around the world however, members of our communities still face violence and discrimination because of our sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, or intersex status.”

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Letter to Kirsten Hillman, Chief Negotiator, Trans‐Pacific Partnership re: Request for access and transparency in the TPP negotiating round in Ottawa

“It is our understanding that Canada will host the next negotiating round of the Trans‐Pacific Partnership, including Chief Negotiators meetings, in Ottawa in early July…. [I]t is critical that Canada ensures and facilitates opportunities for civil society stakeholder engagement with negotiators during the Ottawa round of negotiations….”

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Know Your Rights 8: Disclosure, privacy and parenting

Number 8 in a series of brochures that address the privacy rights and disclosure obligations of people living with HIV in a variety of day-to-day contexts.         RELATED PUBLICATIONS Know Your Rights — The Full Series (8 units)

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Know Your Rights 7: Disclosure in school and daycare

Number 7 in a series of brochures that address the privacy rights and disclosure obligations of people living with HIV in a variety of day-to-day contexts.         RELATED PUBLICATIONS Know Your Rights — The Full Series (8 units)

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Know Your Rights 6: Privacy and health records

Number 6 in a series of brochures that address the privacy rights and disclosure obligations of people living with HIV in a variety of day-to-day contexts.         RELATED PUBLICATIONS Know Your Rights — The Full Series (8 units)

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Know Your Rights 5: Disclosure as a patient

Number 5 in a series of brochures that address the privacy rights and disclosure obligations of people living with HIV in a variety of day-to-day contexts.         RELATED PUBLICATIONS Know Your Rights — The Full Series (8 units)

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Proposed Legislation Will Harm Sex Workers and Communities

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Know Your Rights

This series of 8 brochures (now available in 7 languages, including Arabic, Chinese and Spanish) addresses the privacy rights and disclosure obligations of people living with HIV in a variety of day-to-day contexts.

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Canada Must Act Against International Hate Laws Targeting LGBTQ People

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Open Letter to the Government of Canada re: Urgent action to prevent further human rights violations against LGBTQ people and end hate laws

“We welcome your public statements as Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs condemning the adoption of anti‐LGBTQ laws in Russia, Nigeria and Uganda…. However, such statements are not enough…. We therefore call upon the Government of Canada to act, individually and in concert with other like‐minded governments, to defend the fundamental human rights of LGBTQ people. […]

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Open letter from civil society to Executive Director of the Global Fund: Abandon the “blue-ribbon Task Force to develop a global framework on tiered-pricing”

“We, the undersigned organizations and activists from the global South and North, are writing to urge the Global Fund to abandon its attempt to launch a “blue-ribbon Task Force” that will focus primarily on developing a global multi-tiered pricing framework for middle-income countries (MICs), which we believe would permanently undermine access to more affordable medicines, […]

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Canadian Scientists Take Important Stand: Criminal Law Currently Goes Too Far in Prosecuting HIV Non-Disclosure

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Prison Health Now

On September 25, 2012, the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network, along with a former prisoner and community partners, launched a

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Joint statement at 25th session of the UN Human Rights Council re: Challenges and proposals for strengthening civil society space

“[W]hen States fail to guarantee civil society space, activists often turn to the UN. When that avenue too is closed by intimidation and violence, we must speak out. I [urge] the Council, and the UN as a whole, to ensure a stronger, practical response to reprisals, and thus lead by example in protecting civil society […]

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Joint statement to UN Special Rapporteurs re: Intersex issues

This joint statement to the Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, and to the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders, was delivered on behalf of several intersex NGOs from around the world at the 25th session of the UN Human Rights Council.

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Interveners Welcome Supreme Court Decision in R. v. Hutchinson

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Uganda’s ‘Jail the Gays’ Bill Institutionalizes Hate, Undermines Health and Human Rights

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Joint letter to UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé re: Russia and the Fourth Conference on HIV/AIDS in Eastern Europe and Central Asia

“On behalf of advocates for universal access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support in Eastern Europe and Central Asia (EECA), we write to express our concerns about the Fourth Conference on HIV/AIDS in Eastern Europe and Central Asia (EECAAC) which is being organized with great influence from its host, the government of the Russian […]

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Civil Society letter to Canadian Senate re: support of Bill C-279: An Act to Amend the Canadian Human Rights Act and the Criminal Code (Gender Identity)

“The following organizations, representing a broad cross section of civil society groups from across Canada, urge the Senate to pass Bill C-279, the Gender Identity Bill, as drafted and without delay, to ensure that the Canadian Human Rights Act and the Canadian Criminal Code protect the human rights of all people in Canada.”

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Letter to President of the Republic of Uganda H.E. Kaguta Yoweri Museveni re: Anti-Homosexuality Bill

“On behalf of the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network, and our more than 100 members, I write to express our deep dismay at recent reports that you are planning to sign into law the Anti-Homosexuality Bill, 2009 that was passed by Parliament in December of last year.”

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On Eve of Sochi Olympics, Groups Rally for Global LGBT Rights, in Russia and Beyond

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Promoting Smart Policy on Drugs: Brief to the Canadian delegation to the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs

“The Canadian Drug Policy Coalition and the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network are participating in the civil society processes preparing for the upcoming 57th Session of the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND), and the High-Level Segment that will immediately precede it, in Vienna in March 2014. We urge the Canadian delegation to emphasize the following […]

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Sex Work Law Reform in Canada: Considering Problems with the Nordic Model (Journal Article)

The Nordic model is a piece of legislation, passed in Sweden in 1999, which criminalizes the purchase of sex. In Canada, exchanging sex for money is not illegal, but virtually every activity associated with prostitution is. Following the Ontario Court of Appeal’s decision in Bedford v. Canada, the question of what type of legislation is […]

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Health and Human Rights Organizations Applaud Supreme Court Decision Striking Down Unjust Sex Work Laws

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Letter to UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé re: convening High-Level Meeting to assess progress towards Universal Access

“[W]e would like … to ask UNAIDS to call on the United Nations General Assembly to convene a High Level Meeting before September 2015 to assess progress toward the achievement of the goals in the 2011 Political Declaration and to renew the commitments to achieve Universal Access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support in […]

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Grans and Gays Confronting HIV: Human Rights Groups Honour Activists on World Aids Day

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Open letter to Prime Minister from NGOs: Canada must stand fast in Trans-Pacific Partnership trade negotiations to defend access to affordable medicines

“We are Canadian civil society organizations committed to the basic principle that access to medicines and to health care should be equitable, based on need and not on ability to pay, whether at home or around the world. Medicines should not be a luxury. We call on the Government of Canada to reject any proposals […]

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Human Rights Organizations Condemn the Campaign of the Botswana Government to Crack Down on Sex Workers

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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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REVELACIÓN DEL ESTATUS DE VIH EN EL LUGAR DE TRABAJO

Viviendo con VIH: Conoce tus Derechos REVELACIÓN DEL ESTATUS DE VIH EN EL LUGAR DE TRABAJO Preguntas y Respuestas [Know Your Rights 1: Disclosure at work in Spanish]

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MUJERES Y PRUEBAS DE VIH

Desde que se descubrió que el VIH podría ser transmitido de la madre a su bebé durante el embarazo, trabajo de parto y parto, o en la lactancia, las mujeres han recibido una atención especial en las pruebas de VIH. Si una mujer no está en edad de salir embarazada o de tener hijos, sin […]

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ANG KABABAIHAN AT HIV TESTING

Mula noong napag-alaman na maaaring maipasa ang HIV ng ina sa kaniyang anak sa panahon ng pagbubuntis, pagle-labour at panganganak, o sa pagpapasuso, tumuon ang HIV testing sa mga kababaihan. Kung hindi buntis ang isang babae o wala sa edad ng pagbubuntis, maaaring hindi isaalang-alang o maaaring hindi siya aluking magpa-HIV test. Para sa maraming […]

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PAGSISIWALAT NG HIV SA TRABAHO

Nabubuhay nang may HIV: Alamin ang Iyong mga Karapatan PAGSISIWALAT NG HIV SA TRABAHO Mga Tanong at Sagot [Know Your Rights 1: Disclosure at Work in Tagalog]

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ਔਰਤਾਂ ਅਤੇ HIV ਦਾ ਟੈਸਟ ਕਰਵਾਉਣਾ

ਜਦੋਂ ਤੋਂ ਇਹ ਪਹਿਲੀ ਵਾਰ ਸਮਝਿਆ ਗਿਆ ਸੀ ਕਿ ਗਰਭਅਵਸਥਾ, ਪ੍ਰਸੂਤੀ ਪੀੜਾਂ ਅਤੇ ਜਣੇਪੇ ਦੌਰਾਨ, ਜਾਂ ਛਾਤੀਆਂ ਦਾ ਦੁੱਧ ਪਿਲਾਉਣ ਰਾਹੀਂ HIV ਦੀ ਲਾਗ ਇੱਕ ਮਾਂ ਤੋਂ ਉਸਦੇ ਬੱਚੇ ਨੂੰ ਤਬਦੀਲ ਹੋ ਸਕਦੀ ਹੈ, ਤਦ ਤੋਂ ਔਰਤਾਂ HIV ਲਈ ਟੈਸਟ ਕਰਵਾਉਣ ਦਾ ਇੱਕ ਕੇਂਦਰ ਬਿੰਦੂ ਰਹੀਆਂ ਹਨ। ਪਰ ਜੇ ਕੋਈ ਔਰਤ ਗਰਭਵਤੀ ਨਹੀਂ ਹੈ ਜਾਂ […]

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ਕਾਰਜ ਸਥਾਨ ’ਤੇ HIV ਦਾ ਖੁਲਾਸਾ

HIV ਨਾਲ ਜੀਵਨ ਬਸਰ ਕਰਨਾ:ਆਪਣੇ ਅਧਿਕਾਰਾਂ ਨੂੰ ਜਾਣੋ ਕਾਰਜ ਸਥਾਨ ’ਤੇ HIV ਦਾ ਖੁਲਾਸਾ ਸਵਾਲ ਅਤੇ ਜਵਾਬ [Know Your Rights 1: Disclosure at Work in Punjabi]

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妇女及艾滋病病毒检测

自从人们意识到艾滋病病毒可以在妊娠、分娩或哺乳期间发生母婴传播后,妇女便成为了艾滋病病毒检测的焦点人群。不过,没有妊娠或未到生育年龄的妇女可能不必或不会被要求进行艾滋病病毒检测。许多人仍认为艾滋病病毒主要会找上以下人群:与男性发生性关系的男性、吸毒者、刚从非洲或加勒比地区过来的人,因此,其他女性没必要被视为高危人群。 而许多女性都属于艾滋病病毒易感人群,需要高质量的病毒检测渠道和相关建议来解决他们的需求。艾滋病病毒检测范围可以扩大,也应该扩大,同时在病毒检测流程的各个环节加强人权保护工作。 [Women and HIV – “Women and HIV Testing” in Chinese]

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有关艾滋病患者在工作场所披露身份的问题

艾滋病人群:了解你们的权利 有关艾滋病患者在工作场所披露身份的问题 问答 [Know Your Rights 1: Disclosure at Work in Chinese]

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المرأة واختبار الكشف عن فيروس نقص المناعة البشرية (HIV)

 منذ أن أدركنا للمرة الأولى أن فيروس نقص المناعة البشرية يمكن أن ينتقل من الأم إلى طفلها خلال الحمل أو المخاض أو الولادة أو عبر الرضاعة الطبيعية، أصحبت المرأة بؤرة تركيز لإجراء اختبارات الكشف عن فيروس نقص المناعة البشرية. ومع ذلك، فإذا كانت المرأة غير حبلى أو ليست في سن الإنجاب، فإنها قد لا تسعى، […]

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الإفصاح عن فيروس نقص المناعة البشرية في العمل

التعايش مع فيروس نقص المناعة البشرية: اعرف حقوقك  الإفصاح عن فيروس نقص المناعة البشرية في العمل  الأسئلة والأجوبة Know Your Rights 1: Disclosure at Work in Arabic

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Letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper re: UN General Assembly Special Event on MDG Progress and the Post-2015 Agenda

“As the world focuses its attention on the UN General Assembly and its special session on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), we call on the Canadian delegation to the UN to keep HIV at the forefront of the post-2015 development agenda.”

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Appeal to UN Special Procedures re: Recent surge in homophobic and transphobic violence worldwide

The undersigned non-governmental organizations appeal to the Special Procedures mandate-holders to take the following actions: Issue a joint public statement calling on the United Nations Human Rights Council to openly condemn all killings based on sexual orientation and gender identity; Hold States accountable for failing to take steps to address homophobia and transphobia and to […]

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ВМЕСТЕ ПРОТИВ НЕНАВИСТИ И ЗА ПРАВА ЧЕЛОВЕКА

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LGBT Rights Under Attack in Russia; Canadian Civil Society Demands Collective Action on Sochi Olympics

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Woman Found Not Guilty on Oral Sex Count, Court Sends Important Message to Prosecutors

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Appeal to UN Special Procedures re: Homophobic and transphobic violence in Jamaica

The undersigned non-governmental organizations appeal to the Special Procedures mandate-holders to take the following actions: Hold the Jamaican Government accountable for failing to take steps to address homophobia and to comply with its obligations under international law to promote and protect the human rights of all, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. Issue a […]

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Letter to the Special Committee of the Federation of Law Societies of Canada re: TWU’s discriminatory law school

“As a member in good standing of the Law Society of Upper Canada, and on behalf of the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network, one of the world’s leading organizations tackling HIV-related human rights issues, I write to you to express our deep concern at the prospect that the Federation of Law Societies of Canada may accredit […]

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Don’t Trade Away Health: Brief to Canada’s Minister of International Trade Regarding the Trans‐Pacific Partnership Negotiations and Access to Medicines

Billions of people around the world lack access to life‐saving medicines. While this is because of a number of synergistic causes, one critical factor is the prohibitively high cost of patent‐monopolized medications. Provisions currently being negotiated for the Trans‐Pacific Partnership agreement (TPP) risk exacerbating this situation, which for many is a matter of life and […]

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Letter to Canadian Minister of International Trade re: Trans‐Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement and safeguarding access to medicines

“We, the undersigned civil society organizations, write to you in order to express our deep concern with some of the provisions proposed for the intellectual property, pharmaceutical pricing and investment chapters of the Trans‐Pacific Partnership agreement (TPP). We are concerned that the measures currently being considered could lead to an agreement that would hamper the ability of millions […]

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Brief to the Toronto Board of Health regarding Supervised Injection Services in Toronto

A comment on the Toronto Board of Health’s study of supervised injection services, drawing the Board’s attention to certain elements which are particularly relevant from the perspective of public health and human rights, including relevant Canadian and international law and practice.

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Courthouse Protestors Condemn “Witch-Hunt” by Crown Prosecutors Against People Living With HIV, Call for Action by Attorney General

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Toronto City Council and Ontario Government Should Heed Experts’ Recommendations, Implement Supervised Injection Services

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5th Symposium and 2013 AGM

5th Symposium on HIV, Law and Human Rights and 2013 Annual General Meeting Thursday, June 13 – Friday, June 14, 2013, Toronto Symposium agenda A conversation with Frank Mugisha Video Agenda Download agenda for printing N.B.: All events except “A conversation with Frank Mugisha” will take place at: Courtyard by Marriott Hotel 475 Yonge St. (between Wood […]

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Kimahli Powell

Director of Development and Outreach Kimahli joined the Legal Network staff in May 2012. At the Legal Network, Kimahli manages the Development Team and leads all aspect of the organization’s fundraising initiatives, including spearheading the Right(s) Now Campaign to support strategic initiatives to 2017. In addition to resource development, Kimahli provides input on strategic activities […]

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Lauryn Kronick

Communications and Outreach Officer Lauryn joined the Legal Network staff in April 2014. At the Legal Network, Lauryn is responsible for community outreach and media relations, including writing news releases and communiqués and managing all social media accounts. Lauryn responds to inquiries from the public and the press, and maintains the database of national and […]

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Janet Butler-McPhee

Director of Communications and Advocacy Janet joined the Legal Network staff in December 2010. At the Legal Network, Janet manages the Communications Team, including all strategic communications programming and work plans. She has authored publications for diverse audiences on many of the Legal Network’s issues, and oversees all public-facing communications for the organization. She works […]

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Alison Symington

Alison joined the Legal Network staff in September 2007. At the Legal Network, Alison’s research, advocacy and education work focuses primarily on HIV-related women’s rights issues, privacy and discrimination, HIV testing, and the criminalization of HIV non-disclosure. She is co-producer of the Legal Network documentaries, Positive Women: Exposing Injustice and Consent: HIV Non-Disclosure and Sexual […]

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Cécile Kazatchkine

Senior Policy Analyst At the Legal Network, Cécile works on issues related to the criminalization of HIV non-disclosure, drug policy, and privacy. She prepares interventions before Canadian courts and provides technical assistance internationally on issues related to HIV and human rights, especially in West Africa. She has led the development of two on-line resource kits […]

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Mikhail Golichenko

Senior Policy Analyst Mikhail joined the Legal Network staff in September 2010. At the Legal Network, Mikhail leads our research and advocacy work in Russian-speaking countries, with a particular focus on drug policy issues. He has been involved extensively in building the capacity of community legal workers in Russia and continues to provide assistance in […]

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Sandra Ka Hon Chu

Director of Research and Advocacy Sandra joined the Legal Network staff in September 2007. At the Legal Network, Sandra works on HIV-related human rights issues concerning prisons, harm reduction, sex work, women, and immigration. She has authored numerous publications, including an innovative legislative resource on women’s rights in the context of HIV, a compendium of […]

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Richard Elliott

Executive Director Richard joined the Legal Network staff in January 1999 as Director of Policy and Research, following an 18-month term on its board of directors. He became Deputy Director in 2005 and Executive Director in 2007. At the Legal Network, Richard is responsible for the Legal Network’s effective overall operation and implementing the organization’s […]

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Christine Vézina

Christine Vézina joined the Legal Network’s board of directors in 2008. Since 2004, Christine has worked at the Coalition des organismes communautaires québécois de lutte contre le sida (COCQ-sida), doing research for advocacy projects and for the program on « Sida en milieu de travail » [“AIDS in the workplace”] (SMT) — work that has given her […]

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Louis Letellier de St. Just

Louis Letellier de St. Just joined the Legal Network’s board of directors in 2010. Louis is a practising lawyer whose focus since 1983 has been exclusively on the practice of health law with special emphasis on administrative law, as well as on human rights legal issues, particularly related to HIV/AIDS and mental health. Since 1990, […]

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Liesl Gerntholtz

Liesl Gerntholtz joined the Legal Network’s board of directors in 2008. In May 2008, she assumed the role of director of the Women’s Rights Division of Human Rights Watch, having been Executive Director of the Tshwaranang Legal Advocacy Centre to End Violence Against Women (TLAC) in Johannesburg since 2005.  Prior to this, Liesl was manager […]

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Rosemary Fayant

Rosemary joined the Legal Network’s board of directors in 2006. She is an outreach worker with Streetworks, a harm reduction and needle exchange program in Edmonton’s inner city, where she works with high-risk populations to try and prevent the spread of HIV and hepatitis C. Rosemary, who is of Métis descent, also serves as president […]

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William Booth

William joined the Legal Network’s board of directors in 2006. Currently he holds an appointment as Adjunct Professor in HIV/AIDS Prevention and Care at the University of British Columbia’s College of Health Disciplines; and at Simon Fraser University, he is Manager of Literacy Lives, an applied community-based literacy, HIV/AIDS and peer support program for HIV-positive […]

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David Olson

David joined the Legal Network’s board of directors in 2005. As a lawyer in private practice with broad experience representing people living with HIV/AIDS, he has represented refugee claimants from across the world, as well as Canadians in landlord/tenant matters and other human rights-based issues. After testing positive for HIV in 1991, David was forced […]

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James (“Jim”) Burns

Jim joined the Legal Network’s board of directors in 2005 and served as Secretary in 2006–2007 and as Vice President in 2007–2008. As a senior policy advisor with the New Brunswick Department of Justice, he is responsible for a variety of policy areas, including federal-provincial matters, criminal law, aboriginal law, legal aid, family violence, and […]

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Ryan Peck

Ryan Peck joined the Legal Network’s board of directors in 2008. Since 2007, he has been Executive Director of HALCO, the HIV & AIDS Legal Clinic (Ontario), where he was previously both an articling student and a staff lawyer. He has worked as a staff lawyer at both the Advocacy Centre for the Elderly and […]

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Annual Report 2012–2013

Our latest annual report highlights our work between April 1, 2012 and March 31, 2013.

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Legal Network Intervenes in Sex Work Case at Supreme Court; Presence of International Sex Work Activist Points the Way Forward

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Government Bill Will Impede Life-Saving Health Services, Cause More Death and Disease

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Know Your Rights 4: Disclosure and post-secondary education

Number 4 in a series of brochures that address the privacy rights and disclosure obligations of people living with HIV in a variety of day-to-day contexts.         RELATED PUBLICATIONS Know Your Rights — The Full Series (8 units)

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Know Your Rights 3: Remedies for discrimination and privacy violations in the workplace

Number 3 in a series of brochures that address the privacy rights and disclosure obligations of people living with HIV in a variety of day-to-day contexts.         RELATED PUBLICATIONS Know Your Rights — The Full Series (8 units)

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Know Your Rights 2: Accommodation in the workplace

Number 2 in a series of brochures that address the privacy rights and disclosure obligations of people living with HIV in a variety of day-to-day contexts.         RELATED PUBLICATIONS Know Your Rights — The Full Series (8 units)

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Know Your Rights 1: Disclosure at work

Number 1 in a series of brochures that address the privacy rights and disclosure obligations of people living with HIV in a variety of day-to-day contexts.         RELATED PUBLICATIONS Know Your Rights — The Full Series (8 units)

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Canada v Bedford (Supreme Court of Canada) — Factum of the interveners HIV Coalition

In the Supreme Court of Canada (on Appeal from the Court of Appeal for Ontario) between: ATTORNEY GENERAL OF CANADA ATTORNEY GENERAL OF ONTARIO Appellants (Respondents on Cross-Appeal) and TERRI JEAN BEDFORD, AMY LEBOVITCH AND VALERIE SCOTT Respondents (Appellants on Cross-Appeal) and ATTORNEY GENERAL OF QUEBEC ATTORNEY GENERAL OF BRITISH COLUMBIA Interveners Factum of the […]

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Statement on the death of our friend and colleague Ken Buchanan

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Параллельный Доклад Международному КЭСКП — К вопросу о принятии списка вопросов Правительству Узбекистана

По состоянию на 1 января 2012 года в Узбекистане было официально зарегистрировано 21524 лиц с ВИЧ-инфекцией; из которых 44,6% идентифицированы как люди, употребляющие инъекционные наркотики. Употребление инъекционных наркотиков является основным фактором риска, влияющим на рост эпидемии в Узбекистане.   Related Publications Report to the International Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR): Adoption of […]

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The recent decisions by the Supreme Court of Canada on HIV disclosure were a major step backwards

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Collective Statement: Street sex workers and our allies stand up for full decriminalization of our lives

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The criminalization of HIV non-disclosure: Recommendations for police

Submissions to the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police Diversity Committee by the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network and the HIV & AIDS Legal Clinic Ontario, February 2013 These submissions are informed by the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network’s and the HIV & AIDS Legal Clinic Ontario’s (HALCO) extensive experience in working on the issue of the […]

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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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Letter from Canadian AIDS Society re: Medical Marihuana Regulatory Reform

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Civil society letter to members of the World Trade Organization re: a further extension of the transition period for Least Developed Countries under article 66.1 of the TRIPS agreement

“As civil society organisations concerned with access to medicines, to educational resources, to environmentally sound technologies, and to other public goods and cultural creations and further concerned with farmers’ rights, food security, human flourishing, sustainable and equitable technological and industrial development in Least Developed Countries (LDCs), we call on WTO Members to unconditionally accord the […]

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AIDS Groups Critical of Court Decision on Medical Cannabis

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Sex Work Law Reform in Canada: Considering problems with the Nordic model

This policy brief considers the impact of the “Swedish” or “Nordic” model on sex workers and, in light of its harmful effects, argues that this approach would not withstand constitutional scrutiny in Canada.

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Annual Report 2011-2012

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Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network Marks 20 Years, Presents Canadian and International Human Rights Awards

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Parliament Betrays People in Developing Countries Needing Medicines – Bill C-398 Voted Down

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Every Child Deserves a Second Birthday: MPs, Community Gather in Front of Parliament for Protest-party to Celebrate the Promise

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Time to Deliver: A Global Appeal to Canada’s Parliamentarians to Fix Law on Affordable Medicines for All

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Letter to the Committee Against Torture (CAT) re: Torture and other ill-treatment against people who use drugs in Russia

“On behalf of the community of international civil society organizations working in the area of human rights and drug policy, we would like to draw your attention to the importance of the issue of torture and other ill-treatment of people who use drugs.”

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Universal Periodic Review (Canada) – Submission to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (October 2012)

This submission focusses on various aspects of Canada’s obligation to realize progressively the right to the highest attainable standard of health under the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (Article 12), and specifically the right to health of people with addictions inside and outside prisons.

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HIV non-disclosure and criminal law: Implications of recent Supreme Court of Canada decisions for people living with HIV

On October 5, 2012, the Supreme Court of Canada released its decisions in the cases of Mabior and D.C. The Court decided that people living with HIV have a legal duty, under the criminal law, to disclose their HIV-positive status to sexual partners before having sex that poses a “realistic possibility” of HIV transmission. Not […]

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HIV non-disclosure and the criminal law: An analysis of two recent decisions of the Supreme Court of Canada

On October 5, 2012, the Supreme Court of Canada released its decisions in the cases of Mabior and D.C. The Court decided that people living with HIV have a legal duty, under the criminal law, to disclose their HIV-positive status to sexual partners before having sex that poses a “realistic possibility” of HIV transmission. Not […]

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HIV non-disclosure and the criminal law: A summary of two recent decisions of the Supreme Court of Canada

On October 5, 2012, the Supreme Court of Canada released important decisions in two cases of HIV non-disclosure; namely, R. v. Mabior and R. v. D.C. Mabior is a man who had sex with several women without disclosing his HIV-positive status. D.C. is a woman who had sex with her abusive former partner once before […]

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Bill C-398 Critical Opportunity to Get Life-saving Generic Medicines to Those Most in Need: Statement by Civil Society Groups

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Fixing Canada’s Access to Medicines Regime (CAMR): What You Need to Know About Bill C-398

In this document, we identify some of the key claims made by those who oppose CAMR reform and explain why these are incorrect and misleading. Updated October 2012

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Fixing Canada’s Access to Medicines Regime (CAMR): 20 Questions & Answers

In this document: Questions 1 to 4 give a quick overview of CAMR and why it needs to be fixed. Questions 5 to 11 provide more in-depth, background information. Questions 12 to 14 explain the solution for fixing CAMR. Questions 15 to 20 respond to some of the main objections to reforming CAMR. Updated October […]

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Letter to Dr. Jim Yong Kim, President of the World Bank re: financial transaction taxes as a source of innovative finance

“We, the undersigned 58 organizations, … encourage you to use your prominent position of influence to become a vocal champion of innovative ways to ensure sufficient resources are available to tackle the most pressing problems faced by the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people.”

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Submission to the UN Human Rights Council Universal Periodic Review Working Group, Sixteenth Session (2012) re: Review of Russian Federation

This report is focused on the implementation of recommendations given to the Government of the Russian Federation by the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR) regarding access to HIV prevention, drug treatment and overdose prevention among people who inject drugs in the Russian Federation. We propose a number of recommendations that the UPR […]

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Unjust Supreme Court Ruling on Criminalization of HIV Major Step Backwards for Public Health and Human Rights

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Notice of Application to Ontario Superior Court of Justice

BETWEEN: STEVEN SIMONS, CANADIAN HIV/AIDS LEGAL NETWORK, PRISONERS WITH HIV/AIDS SUPPORT ACTION NETWORK, CANADIAN ABORIGINAL AIDS NETWORK and CATIE (Applicants) – and – MINISTER OF PUBLIC SAFETY, CORRECTIONAL SERVICE OF CANADA, COMMISSIONER OF THE CORRECTIONAL SERVICE OF CANADA and ATTORNEY GENERAL OF CANADA (Respondents) APPLICATION UNDER Rule 14.05 of the Rules of Civil Procedure, R.R.O. […]

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Lawsuit Filed Against Government of Canada for Failing to Protect the Health of Federal Prisoners

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Ending the Epidemic: HIV and Human Rights in Canada and Around the World

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Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network Applauds Global Report on How Laws Help or Hinder Response to HIV

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Drug consumption rooms: Evidence and practice

This briefing paper provides a short summary of the background, history and objectives of drug consumption rooms (DCRs), and analyses available evidence regarding their impact. The second part of the briefing paper consists of an overview of the various DCRs in different countries, with a particular focus on the concepts used to develop these facilities […]

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Update on two Ontario appeals regarding criminalization of HIV non-disclosure

On June 25, the Ontario Court of Appeal decided to postpone hearing appeals in two prosecutions for HIV non-disclosure, R v. M and R v. F, until after the Supreme Court of Canada delivers its decisions in two other cases, R v. Mabior and R v. DC, anticipated later this year.

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Poverty Reduction in Focus: The real connection between development and drugs control – policy statement to the UN General Assembly

“The concept note prepared by the Secretariat for the UN General Assembly session on drugs and development emphasizes the importance of drug-related crime and corruption as impediments to development and the realization of the Millennium Development Goals. … But focusing on crime and corruption without including attention to poverty as an important root cause of […]

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HIV Disclosure and the Law: A Resource Kit for Service Providers

This Resource Kit is intended to provide both people living with HIV and service providers with useful information and tools to make informed and empowered choices about how to respond to the criminalization of HIV non-disclosure.

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Joint Oral Statement to the UN Human Rights Council, 20th Session re: the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression

“[We] draw your attention to recent laws that threaten the right to freedom of expression of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals and others. … What can be done to ensure that national laws that limit the right to freedom of expression do so in a manner consistent with the boundaries of permissible limitations? […]

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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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The ethical implications of “treatment as prevention” in the United States – HIV/AIDS Policy & Law Review 16

This article discusses the human rights and ethical implications of treatment as prevention; its authors focus on the United States of America, where the health departments of New York City and San Francisco recommended immediate commencement of antiretroviral therapy for every person who tested HIV-positive, regardless of the state of his or her infection.   […]

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British Columbia’s “seek and treat” strategy: a cautionary tale on privacy rights and informed consent for HIV testing – HIV/AIDS Policy & Law Review 16

This article discusses of the human rights and ethical implications of treatment as prevention; the author looks to British Columbia, where the provincial government has provided funding for a large-scale “seek and treat” pilot project aimed at patients and health care providers. Related Publications HIV/AIDS Policy & Law Review 16 – May 2012

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Human rights in an era of treatment as prevention – HIV/AIDS Policy & Law Review 16

This article discusses the human rights and ethical implications of treatment as prevention; it provides the global context, with examples from Africa, for implementation of such a policy, examining how discrimination and human rights violations can impede access to treatment for vulnerable populations. Related Publications HIV/AIDS Policy & Law Review 16 – May 2012

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Where reason fears to tread: ongoing HIV ignorance and discrimination in criminal and civil settings in the United States – HIV/AIDS Policy & Law Review 16

This article was commissioned in advance of the XIX International AIDS Conference – to be held in July 2012 in the U.S. for the first time since 1990 – to provide an overview of the current disconnect between evidence and law in the U.S. and to discuss how best to address them.

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HIV/AIDS Policy & Law Review 16 – May 2012

FEATURES – TREATMENT AS PREVENTION: ASSESSING THE HUMAN RIGHTS AND ETHICAL IMPLICATIONS Human rights in an era of treatment as prevention The ethical implications of “treatment as prevention” in the United States British Columbia’s “seek and treat” strategy: a cautionary tale on privacy rights and informed consent for HIV testing CANADIAN DEVELOPMENTS Federal government’s omnibus […]

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Privacy and disclosure: questions and answers on HIV-related privacy and disclosure issues for women’s service providers

This document addresses some common HIV-related legal questions of agencies that provide services to women in Canada. The information will help service providers inform and refer the women with whom they work to appropriate legal information and support when necessary. It will also present them with guidance about their responsibilities with respect to HIV-related information. […]

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Women and HIV – “Women and HIV Testing”

This is one in a series of four info sheets on the human rights of women living with or vulnerable to HIV in Canada.

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Women and HIV – “Women, Sex Work and HIV”

This is one in a series of four info sheets on the human rights of women living with or vulnerable to HIV in Canada.

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Women and HIV – “Women in Prison, HIV and Hepatitis C”

This is one in a series of four info sheets on the human rights of women living with or vulnerable to HIV in Canada.

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Women and HIV

A series of four info sheets on the human rights of women living with or vulnerable to HIV in Canada. Women in Prison, HIV and Hepatitis C Women and the Criminalization of HIV Non-Disclosure (updated February 2017) Women, Sex Work and HIV Women and HIV Testing

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Submission to the UN Human Rights Council Universal Periodic Review Working Group, 14th Session (2012) re: Review of Ukraine

For the last 3 years the Government of Ukraine has undertaken some positive steps in order to fulfill its international human rights obligations regarding HIV prevention among people who inject drugs, including children. At the same time the Government’s activities are inconsistent and often contradict each other nullifying the positive impacts. Recommendations to the Government […]

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When Science is Just a Decoration: Russian Drug Policy & the Right to Scientific Progress

Communication to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the UN Independent Expert in the Field of Cultural Rights regarding violation by the Government of the Russian Federation of the right to enjoy the benefits of scientific progress and its applications.

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Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network and HIV & AIDS Legal Clinic Ontario Welcome Sex Work Decision From

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Statement to UN Human Rights Council, 19th Session, Thematic Panel Discussion on HIV/AIDS and Human Rights re: criminalization of HIV non-disclosure, exposure and transmission

“There are many human rights challenges that must be tackled in order to respond effectively to the ongoing, twinned pandemics of HIV and of HIV-related human rights abuses … we wish to highlight one phenomenon of growing global concern and relevance. “The epidemic of overly broad criminalization of HIV non-disclosure, exposure or transmission has: led […]

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Brief to the Standing Senate Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs, in relation to the Committee’s study on Bill C-10

Brief presented in February 2012 to the Standing Senate Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs, in relation to the Committee’s study on Bill C-10, An Act to enact the Justice for Victims of Terrorism Act and to amend the State Immunity Act, the Criminal Code and other Acts.

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Bill C-398 to fix Canada’s Access to Medicines Regime (CAMR): How does this new bill differ from previous Bill C-393?

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New Opportunity to Fix Canada’s Access to Medicines Regime: Statement by Civil Society Groups

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Prison needle and syringe programs: policy brief

This document presents evidence and recommendations in support of implementing prison-based needle and syringe programs in Canada. (updated February 2017)

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Information note regarding retaliation of the Government of the Russian Federation against the Andrey Rylkov Foundation for Health and Social Justice

The Government of the Russian Federation has retaliated against and suppressed the activities of the Andrey Rylkov Foundation (ARF), including the exercising of its freedom of expression in promoting recommendations given by the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR) to the Russian Government in its Concluding Observations of 20 May 2011. Most […]

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In Advance of Landmark Supreme Court Case, Supporters Worldwide Call on Canada to Stop Criminalizing People Living with HIV

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Factum of the Interveners at the Supreme Court of Canada: R v. Mabior and R v. D.C.

“These appeals raise the question of whether the offence of aggravated sexual assault can and should be established for HIV non-disclosure in circumstances where, in the Interveners’ submission, there is no ‘significant risk’ of transmission because of factors that dramatically reduce that risk, such as the use of condoms or an undetectable or low viral […]

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Criminal prosecutions for HIV non-disclosure: two cases before the Supreme Court of Canada

Update: the Supreme Court of Canada’s February 2012 hearing of two appeals about when people living with HIV may be convicted of a crime for not disclosing their HIV status to sexual partners.

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Letter to UNODC Executive Director re: Official position of UNODC on HIV prevention for people who inject drugs and in prisons

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Groups Welcome Government’s Commitment to Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria, Call for Emergency Conference of Donors to Address Funding Crisis

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HIV and Human Rights in Canada: Top 5 Key Issues for World AIDS Day 2011

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Respecting and Promoting the Realization of Women’s Marital Property Rights in Malawi

WLSA–Malawi is challenging Malawi’s approach to marital property law before the Constitutional Court of Malawi because it discriminates against women. They are fighting for an approach to marital property that would give a husband and wife equal control and ownership over property obtained during the subsistence of the marriage during marriage, and half the value […]

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Donors Deny Life-Saving Progress on AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria

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«АТМОСФЕРНОЕ ДАВЛЕНИЕ»: Наркополитика России как фактор нарушений Конвенции ООН против пыток

Параллельный Доклад в Комитет ООН против пыток в связи с рассмотрением пятого периодического Доклада Российской Федерации. Настоящий доклад касается фактов, причин и условий жестокого обращения к потребителям наркотиков в России.   Related Publications Atmospheric Pressure: Russian Drug Policy as a Driver for Violations of the UN Convention against Torture  (English version)

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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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Open Letter to the Government of the Dominican Republic Regarding the Bill to Establish “Zones of Tolerance” for Sex Workers

“The undersigned, supporters and representatives of sex workers and organizations and individuals advocating for human rights, are deeply concerned with [the Bill]. While we understand the Government’s concern for the health and well-being of its citizens, the bill violates a range of human rights which will contribute to a climate of intolerance that will only […]

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HIV non-disclosure and Canadian criminal law: condom use

This document will inform you about: when there is a legal duty to disclose HIV-positive status; the current evidence about the risk of HIV transmission with and without condoms; the current state of the law about condom use and HIV disclosure; and why people who use condoms should not be prosecuted for not disclosing HIV-positive […]

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HIV non-disclosure and Canadian criminal law: antiretroviral treatment and viral load

This document will inform you about: when there is a legal duty to disclose HIV-positive status; the current evidence regarding the impact of ARV treatment and viral load on the risk of HIV transmission; the current state of the law regarding viral load and HIV disclosure; and why people should not be prosecuted or convicted […]

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Russia at Risk of HIV Epidemic Hitting Catastrophic Levels

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

FEATURE Bedford v. Canada: a paradigmatic case toward ensuring the human and health rights of sex workers A tale of two cases: urging caution in the prosecution of HIV non-disclosure 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 […]

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A tale of two cases: urging caution in the prosecution of HIV non-disclosure – HIV/AIDS Policy & Law Review 15(3)

Two provincial Courts of Appeal have recently released unanimous decisions that clarify the law regarding the obligation imposed upon people living with HIV to disclose their HIV status prior to sexual relations. The decision of the Manitoba Court of Appeal in R v. Mabior and of the Quebec Court of Appeal in R c. D.C. […]

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Bedford v. Canada: a paradigmatic case toward ensuring the human and health rights of sex workers – HIV/AIDS Policy & Law Review 15(3)

The Criminal Code of Canada prohibits certain aspects of sex work: the keeping of a common bawdy-house, living off the avails of prostitution and communicating for the purposes of prostitution in a public place. These legal constraints impede sex workers’ ability to practise their profession safely and without risk to their bodily integrity; they also […]

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International Coalition Applauds Supreme Court Decision to Uphold Human Rights and Keep Insite Open

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Letter to Parliamentarians re: Russia and the Millennium Development Goals

We, the undersigned non-governmental organizations representing affected communities and working in the field of HIV/AIDS prevention, care and treatment, in Canada and around the world, address you in advance of the Millennium Development Goal 6 International Forum taking place in Moscow, Russia on October 10–12, 2011.

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NGO Leaders: Global Fund Champions Proactive Measures against Fraud

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Statement on the Passing of Jack Layton, Leader of the Official Opposition

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Submission to the Global Commission on HIV and the Law re: Canada

1. Laws and practices that criminalize people living with HIV and vulnerable to HIV People who use drugs People in prison Sex workers Criminalization of HIV non-disclosure 2. Laws and practices that facilitate or impede HIV-related treatment access Canada’s Access to Medicines Regime

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Joint NGO statement to UN Human Rights Council Advisory Committee, 7th Session re: traditional values

HRC Resolution 16/3, “Promoting human rights and fundamental freedoms through a better understanding of traditional values of humankind” stresses that “traditions shall not be invoked to justify harmful practices violating universal human rights norms and standards.” In order to gain such an understanding, the Advisory Committee must discuss both the negative and positive ways in […]

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Criminal Law and HIV Non-Disclosure in Canada: Questions and Answers

Please note that the sections of this document that describe the current state of the criminal law as it relates to HIV non-disclosure do not take into account the recent Supreme Court of Canada decisions in R. v. Mabior and R. v. D.C. We are presently working to update all our resources in accordance with […]

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Letter to Ambassador of the Russian Federation in Canada re: Commemorating the Russian victims of the War on Drugs

“We urge the Russian government to abolish the criminal ban on methadone, to support rather than repress harm reduction programs and workers, and to reform its drug laws so as to place health concerns, not further pointless and harsh criminalization and punishment, at the centre of Russia’s response to drugs and the related harms they […]

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Legal Network News 42 – July 2011

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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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Global: Torture in Drug Treatment Detention

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Annual Report 2010-2011

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Human Rights Awards: Caribbean, Canadian HIV/AIDS Activists Honored

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Symposium on HIV, Law and Human Rights and Awards Ceremony

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Canadian Groups Welcome International Report Condemning Failed “War on Drugs”

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In breach of international law: Ukrainian drug legislation and the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms

Ukrainian Ministry of Health Resolution No. 634 dated 29 July 2010 brought into force amendments that significantly reduce the legal threshold for “small,” “large” and “extra large” quantities of certain types of illegal drugs, including those most commonly used by people who use drugs in Ukraine. According to the laws of Ukraine, regulatory acts issued […]

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Legislative and policy analysis of HIV prevention, treatment and care for people who use drugs and incarcerated people in Central Asia and Azerbaijan – HIV/AIDS Policy & Law Review 15(2)

This article summarizes key findings and recommendations from the Legal Network – UNODC report, Accessibility of HIV Prevention, Treatment and Care Services for People who Use Drugs and Incarcerated People in Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan: Legislative and Policy Analysis and Recommendations for Reform. Related Publications HIV/AIDS Policy & Law Review 15(2) April […]

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HIV/AIDS Policy & Law Review 15(2) April 2011

FEATURE Legislative and policy analysis of HIV prevention, treatment and care for people who use drugs and incarcerated people in Central Asia and Azerbaijan CANADIAN DEVELOPMENTS Supervised injection sites in Quebec: one step closer to reality Correctional Investigator highlights pending adverse impacts of the government’s “tough on crime” agenda In brief Ottawa police changes policy […]

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New Poll Shows Canadians Concerned About Global Reputation, but Confident It Can Be Improved by Making Affordable Medicines Available to Developing Countries

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Election 2011 – Vote for action on AIDS: Global access to life-saving medicines

A federal election offers you a chance to cast your vote for MPs who will streamline CAMR with a “one-licence solution.” One process, one licence – easier and more flexible for developing countries and for suppliers of generic medicine, and better for patients who need life-saving medicines.

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