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organisations working together to promote a human
rights based response to HIV and TB in Southern and East Africa

ARASA commends the Gaborone High Court for protecting the rights to freedom of expression, association and assembly in Botswana

17 November 2014, Windhoek, Namibia—The AIDS and Rights Alliance for Southern Africa (ARASA) has lauded the Botswana High Court for protecting the rights to freedom of expression, association and assembly in Botswana after the court found on Friday, 14 November 2014 that lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) persons in Botswana have the right to register their own organisations.

News Releases from lesbians, gays and bisexuals of Botswanan (LEGABIBO), Botswana Network of Ethics, Law and HIV/AIDS (BONELA) and Southern Africa Litigation Centre (SALC)

ARASA commends the Namibian Supreme Court on its judgment in the case of women living with HIV sterilised without informed consent

4 November 2014, Windhoek, Namibia -- The AIDS and Rights Alliance for Southern Africa (ARASA) welcomed the judgment by the Namibian Supreme Court, which affirmed the decision made by the High Court in July 2012 that three women living with HIV were sterilised without informed consent in public hospitals.

News Release from Namibian Women's Health Network and Southern Africa Litigation Centre(SALC)

Namibia's Highest Court Finds Government Forcibly Sterilised HIV-Positive Women

The Criminalization of HIV

The Criminalization of HIV: Time for an Unambiguous Rejection of the Use of Criminal Law to Regulate the Sexual Behavior of those with and at Risk of HIV. Throughout the HIV epidemic, criminal law has been invoked to deter and punish sexual transmission. The public health community has not favored the enactment of criminal laws specifically targeting people with HIV, nor endorsed the application of general criminal laws to HIV – but neither has it taken a vigorous stand against them. Meanwhile, governments continue to adopt HIV-specific criminal laws

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