Articles tagged with: Canadian HIV AIDS Legal Network

Ripples of change on the international stage

published: October, 23, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Social Media, Activism, Gay Men, Current Affairs, Women, Revolving Door, International , Legal, Guest Authors, Media, Population Specific

From the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network, this progress report on their advocacy abroad.

Ripples of change on the international stage

October 20, 2017 -- It’s been a busy few weeks at the Legal Network as staff members have travelled to Geneva, Kingston (Jamaica), and Moscow, and the effects of their work is being felt across the globe. As a direct result of the Legal Network’s advocacy, UN human rights bodies recently challenged the criminalization of people who use drugs in Canada and Russia. In response to the our written submission and on-the-ground advocacy in Geneva, the UN Committee on the Elimination of Raci

At AIDS2016: HIV criminalization takes the world stage

published: August, 11, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Activism, African, Caribbean and Black, International AIDS Conference , Conferences, Gay Men, Current Affairs, Revolving Door, International , Legal, Guest Authors

Health Minister Philpott demands “all Canadians share the blame” for exacerbating the HIV epidemic through HIV criminalization. The Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network reports from AIDS2016:

At AIDS2016: HIV criminalization takes the world stage

A message from the Canadian HIV AIDS Legal Network: The international movement against HIV criminalization is growing, with renewed calls for action and advocacy — most recently at the 2016 International AIDS Conference in Durban, South Africa. During a week of discussions, attendees regularly underscored the importance of intersectionality in the global efforts to end the punitive and abusive laws that harm people living with HIV and other marginalized communities, including racialized p

Canada makes waves at the UN with more progressive narcotics policies

published: March, 30, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Conferences, Revolving Door, International , Legal, Guest Authors, Opinion Pieces

The Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network’s Richard Elliott says with a new government in power, we are turning a corner on harm reduction, cannabis laws and more equitable drug policy

Canada makes waves at the UN with more progressive narcotics policies

It was a beautiful moment: Canada’s statement this moth to the plenary assembly of the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) in Vienna, the primary forum in which countries debate global drug policy.  The term “harm reduction” is so contentious that it has yet to appear in any CND resolution. And in recent years, Canada has joined the likes of Russia at the Commission in objecting to even mentioning UN agency documents that recommend evidence-based harm reduction services such as needl

Doctors take a progressive stand on transmission risk and the laws on criminalization

published: May, 06, 2014 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Current Affairs, Features and Interviews, Sexual Health, Health, Legal, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Sex and Sexuality , Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy talks to Dr. Mark Tyndall about the consensus statement issued by 70 doctors/scientists outlining the likelihood of HIV transmission in an attempt to influence the status of Canadian law surrounding the criminalization of HIV nondisclosure.

Doctors take a progressive stand on transmission risk and the laws on criminalization

Dr. Mark Tyndall speaking at CAHR 2014 last week. Last week at CAHR 2014 in St Johns, Newfoundland the most easterly city in North America was buzzing with breaking news of a promising development in the community response to the criminalization of HIV non-disclosure. For here at CAHR was released a consensus statement from seventy doctors saying that “current Canadian law is going too far and ignoring the science.  . . speaking out against the many unjust prosecutions against HIV-positive

Not guilty verdict

published: August, 29, 2013 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Women, Revolving Door, Legal, Guest Authors, Living with HIV, Population Specific

Woman found not guilty on oral sex non disclosure count; Barrie, Ontario court sends important message to prosecutors, reports Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network

Not guilty verdict

A group of HIV organizations is relieved to learn that a Barrie, Ontario judge has found “JM,” an Ontario woman charged with aggravated sexual assault for allegedly not disclosing her HIV-positive status  before sex, not guilty of aggravated sexual assault for oral sex. The act was deemed to pose no realistic possibility of HIV transmission. “She should never have had to fight the oral sex charge,” said Jessica Whitbread, Global Chair of the International Community of Women with

Immobilized…..

published: August, 20, 2013 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Gay Men, Revolving Door, Legal, Guest Authors, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

Guest writer George looks at the real implications of the current state of the law on disclosure of HIV status, particularly for poz gay men, and how it has quashed his ability to comfortably date people.

Immobilized…..

It’s a quiet Wednesday night, a little too quiet. A little over two weeks ago, I turned my social networking apps on my smart phone off. I have also stayed away from any websites that I frequent for possible chat and meeting people. No, I’m not depressed or dating anyone, but rather, a sense of complete immobilization in one aspect of my life has come over me.  Since the end of my long-term relationship seven months ago, I have grappled with disclosure. How do I approach this new reality

Stephen Lewis headlines Legal Network’s 20th anniversary celebration in style

published: December, 07, 2012 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Activism, Events, Legal, Bob Leahy - Publisher

It’s been a difficult year for the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network whose work supports the rights of people living with HIV. But they came out swinging with fighting words and star power at their 20th anniversary gala celebration in Toronto this week.

Stephen Lewis headlines Legal Network’s 20th anniversary celebration in style

Executive Director Richard Elliott said it best. “This year has had more challenges than achievements” he confessed to an attentive crowd at the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network’s 20th anniversary gala in Toronto this past week. Here’s what the Legal Network has faced in the space of a few short months.  Funding cuts, courtesy of the Federal Government who will no longer fund anything even smelling slightly of advocacy. A stinging defeat at the Supreme Court where two high profile a

A special video message from Executive Director Richard Elliott and an Awards for Action (Dec 4 2012) sneak peek!

published: November, 30, 2012 Categories // Community Events, Activism, Events, Revolving Door, Legal, Guest Authors

PositiveLite.com supports the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network in every way we can because, like the work they do for people living with HIV, it’s the right thing to do. Here Richard Elliott explains, with news of a special event featuring Stephen Lewis.

A special video message from Executive Director Richard Elliott and an Awards for Action (Dec 4 2012) sneak peek!

Richard Elliott: This has been an important year for the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network. In recent weeks you have likely heard from us with updates on critical issues that affect the lives of people living with and vulnerable to HIV/AIDS. I wanted to inform you directly about these activities, as we have been at the forefront of very important issues, with many clear victories. If you have a few minutes, please take the time to watch this short video update  below.  I would li

HIV in Canadian Prisons

published: September, 27, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, Health, Revolving Door, Legal, Guest Authors, Living with HIV

LAWSUIT FILED AGAINST GOVERNMENT OF CANADA FOR FAILING TO PROTECT THE HEALTH OF FEDERAL PRISONERS. Former prisoner needlessly infected with hepatitis C while behind bars

HIV in Canadian Prisons

September 25, 2012 – The Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network, Prisoners with HIV/AIDS Support Action Network (PASAN), CATIE, the Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network (CAAN) and Steven Simons, a former federal prisoner, launched a lawsuit against the Government of Canada over its failure to protect the health of people in prison through its ongoing refusal to implement clean needle and syringe programs to prevent the spread of HIV and hepatitis C virus (HCV) in federal institutions.  Steven Simons

Advocacy Under Attack

published: August, 13, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Current Affairs, Revolving Door, Legal, Guest Authors

Three weeks ago we broke the news that the funding of the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network had been slashed by the Government of Canada. Executive Director Richard Elliott provides an update.

Advocacy Under Attack

Read our original story here.  Just two weeks ago, some 24,000 people gathered in Washington, D.C for the XIX International AIDS Conference. The Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network was there, co-hosting the Human Rights Networking Zone, and sharing our important work on human rights and HIV in Canada and abroad. Activists, health workers, researchers, government officials and people living with HIV from around the world left the conference inspired and committed to turning the tide on the globa

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