SUBMISSION TO THE OFFICE OF THE UN HIGH COMMISSIONER FOR HUMAN RIGHTS:
HUMAN RIGHTS AND HIV CRIMINALIZATION
In 2021, the Human Rights Council adopted a resolution on “Human Rights in the context of HIV and AIDS” which calls on States to “end all inequalities and human rights violations and abuses faced by persons living with, at risk of or affected by HIV” and to “take all steps necessary to ensure respect for and the protection and fulfilment of all human rights and to prevent and eliminate stigma, discrimination, violence and abuse in the context of HIV as an essential part of efforts to achieve the goal of universal access to HIV prevention, diagnosis, treatment, care and support.”
Following this resolution, the High Commissioner for Human Rights is reporting on actions taken and recommending actions to be intensified or initiated to meet human rights targets, and the HIV Legal Network made a submission to inform this report, focusing on human rights and HIV criminalization in Canada.
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