Prisoners’ health and human rights in the HIV/AIDS epidemic – HIV/AIDS Policy and Law Review 9(3), December 2004 — Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network

Prisoners’ health and human rights in the HIV/AIDS epidemic – HIV/AIDS Policy and Law Review 9(3), December 2004

This article by Glenn Betteridge provides a summary of a draft paper prepared for “Human Rights at the Margins: HIV/AIDS, Prisoners, Drug Users and the Law”, a satellite meeting held in Bangkok on 9 July 2004, and organized by the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network and the Lawyers Collective HIV/AIDS Unit (India).

The article reviews some of the international laws and instruments that protect the rights of prisoners and that set out minimum standards for treatment of prisoners; outlines activities in the prison setting that place prisoners at risk for HIV; describes some of the policies and societal factors that fuel the HIV/AIDS epidemic in prisons; and proposes a series of specific actions that should be taken now to respond to this epidemic.

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