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 to address a critical issue that has long been of concern to people living with HIV and human rights advocates across Canada, and that has also attracted international criticism. Minister of Health Dr. Jane Philpott has also met with us on this very issue, and has noted that HIV criminalization in Canada is both a problem and a priority for the government to address.