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ARASA launches campaign for structural HIV prevention

The focus in HIV prevention is often on biomedical and behavioural interventions. These efforts cannot be successful if there are structural barriers. ARASA has launched a campaign to promote structural HIV prevention interventions.

MEDIA STATEMENT: Human rights organisations applaud African Commission’s launch of HIV Report

Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire – On this International Human Rights Day, regional human rights organisations commend the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR) on the adoption and launch of the summary version of the Report on the Law and Human Rights in the African Human Rights System: Key Challenges and Opportunities during ICASA 2017 in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire.


The AIDS and Rights Alliance for Southern Africa is active at ICASA 2017! Presenting an overview of our activities and the full schedule of the Human Rights Networking Zone.

MEDIA RELEASE My health! My right! Protect the right to health to end AIDS and achieve all SDGs!

On World AIDS Day, marked on 1 December, the AIDS and Rights Alliance for Southern Africa (ARASA), calls on governments in Southern and East Africa to honour their regional and international human rights commitments by protecting the right to health and guaranteeing HIV services that are available, accessible, acceptable and of good quality for all citizens of their countries, regardless of gender, age, HIV and other health status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, race or other characteristics.

MEDIA STATEMENT: Human rights activists celebrate Malawi's adoption of amended HIV law that removes rights-infringing provisions

28 November 2017 Lilongwe - On Tuesday, 28 November, Malawi Members of Parliament voted to reject coercive and criminalising provisions that threatened human rights in a long-deliberated HIV (Prevention and Management) Bill. Activists and people living with and affected by HIV celebrated outside Parliament after having protested for months against rights-infringing provisions in the HIV Bill, tabled earlier this year. The Bill, which had its origins in a 2008 Law Commission Report, included provisions to make HIV testing and treatment mandatory for select populations on a discriminatory basis, and provisions that would criminalise HIV exposure and transmission, amongst others.

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