International Conference on the Politics of Access to Medicines and Human Rights (Brazil)
Featured Speaker: Mr. Anand Grover, Senior Advocate, Supreme Court of India and Director, Lawyers Collective, India. Furthermore, Grover is member of GAPW´s Advisory Council. “As you know, access to essential medicines is an integral component of the Right to Health and has been specifically enunciated under a number of international instruments, including the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR). Article 12 of the ICESCR provides for the right of everyone to the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health. States have an obligation to respect (not interfere with the right itself), protect (prevent interference by others) and fulfill (take all administrative measure) the right to health”.Read more
Persecution of LGBT people in Chechnya
In the last few weeks, the Chechnya´s authorities have been accused of kidnap, torture and murder of LGBT people. The Russian newspaper “Novaya Gazeta” said that there’s a “ gay concentration camp” and at least 100 gays men have been abducted by the police. The government denies the existence of any concentration camp and says that there are no homosexuals in the country. According to locals NGO’s, after being arrested and tortured, the homosexuals are returned to be murdered by their own families in order to save their honor.Read more
What´s about PrEP experience sexual pleasure?
“PrEP is coming into at the same time of social media apps. Hookup culture is really at its zenith. I know from my interactions in those apps that people are taking it as a free card to forego condoms. Most of the time, not always. That doesn’t mean they’re being careless. Before people tend to sero-sort. Match negative and negative, positive with positive. Now I see like a tagline… Of people saying I’m on PrEP, and you know what that means: “Wink wink”. I have mixed feelings about that”, said a young man to Sexual Observer.Read more
Global Day of Action against Roche´s inhumanity
The Brazilian Interdisciplinary AIDS Association (ABIA) and the Global AIDS Policy Watch (GAPW) supported the Global Day of Action against Roche’s inhumanity. The abusive prices of medications is a common practice from the pharmaceutics’ industry across the world that obstructs the access to treatment and kills thousands of patients that face the HIV, AIDS, Hepatitis and other infections.Read more
Global Fund to Fight AIDS changes decision and will consider humanitarian aid to Venezuela
The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GF) decided to reconsider the request for help made by Red Venezolana de Gente Positiva (RVG+) to the country. The request, made in June of 2016, was refused last January 19th based in the argument that Venezuela didn’t attend to technical criteria stated by World Bank and it was an ineligible country for international aid.Read more
Trump’s Global Gag Rule May Have Terrible Impact On HIV/AIDS Patients
The global gag rule that Donald Trump signed recently can have a devastating impact on HIV/AIDS patients. According to website Self, “the rule bans U.S. funds from going toward international health organizations that provide abortions or that even mention abortion as a family planning option, even though American money already wasn’t paying for abortion-related services. Now, several organizations are pointing out that the gag rule can have a devastating impact on HIV and AIDS patients as well”.Read more
Argentina: medicine shortages pose a threat to HIV positive people
According to Americas Quarterly, a publication with a focus on Latin American, for nearly a year, HIV positive Argentines have endured what advocates call a “crisis” and a national emergency. Shortages and delays in the delivery of antiretroviral drugs have beleaguered many who depend on them to stay healthy, sparking public outcry and a protest outside the Health Ministry in Buenos Aires in December.Read more
What happen if Donald Trump cancels Bush AIDS Program?
According The Atlantic Magazine, last week, the Trump´s transition team sent a four-page questionnaire to the State Department about America’s relationship with Africa, on topics ranging from terrorism to humanitarianism. Several questions indicated “an overall skepticism about the value of foreign aid”. Trump´s transition team asked if the investment in AIDS Programs in Africa are really necessary when Africa has so many security concerns.Read more
All in for #Decrim!
Brazilian Interdisciplinary AIDS Association (ABIA), Global AIDS Policy Watch (GAPW) and Sexuality Policy Watch (SPW) strongly support the All in for #Decrim campaign as part of the global activism surrounding the International Day Against Violence Against Sex Workers on December 17th. In 2013, we published a report with Davida (sex worker rights organization founded by Gabriela Leite in 1992) about sex work, human rights and public policy in Brazil. At that time, we interviewed dozens of government officials and found that there was a profound silence surrounding the topic of prostitution at the federal government level and a lack of public policies that promoted sex worker rights. Today, in 2016, it is hard to believe that we have found ourselves in a worse scenario.Read more
Brazil 20-year public expenditure cap will breach human rights, UN expert warns
Government plans to freeze social spending in Brazil for 20 years are entirely incompatible with the country’s human rights obligations, according to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, Philip Alston. The principal and unavoidable effect of a proposed amendment to the Constitution designed to ‘lock in’ a budget freeze in order to show fiscal prudence will be to harm the poor for decades to come, the expert warned. The amendment, due to be voted on by Brazil’s Senate on 13 December, is known as PEC 55 or the New Fiscal Regime.Read more