Discriminatory laws contribute to spread of HIV/AIDS - report
Publish date: 26 July 2010
Issue Number: 2610
Diary: Legalbrief Today
Laws criminalising homosexual activity are contributing to the spread of HIV and AIDS in the Asia-Pacific region, according to the findings of a study announced last week by the UN Development Programme (UNDP), notes a Jurist report.
The study, 'Legal environments, human rights and HIV responses among men who have sex with men and transgender people in Asia and the Pacific,' commissioned by the UNDP and the Asia Pacific Coalition on Male Sexual Health, was presented at the International AIDS Conference in Vienna. Among its findings were that laws against public disorder and vagrancy were often used exclusively against homosexual men and transgender people. Additionally, other legal provisions are used in an arbitrary manner to infringe on the rights of homosexuals, creating an environment where HIV treatment efforts are obstructed, the report states. Full Jurist report Report