HIV/AIDS Policy & Law Review 14(1) May 2009

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  • Criminalization confusion and concerns: the decade since the Cuerrier decision
    “Patients, not criminals”? An assessment of Thailand’s compulsory drug dependence treatment system


  • B.C. medical officers of health seek more supervised injection facilities
  • Human rights complaint filed against Ontario College of Physicians and Surgeons over methadone program
  • More money for Vancouver drug court, but future funding for all drug courts uncertain
  • Survey reveals need to combat stigma, improve education, find new treatments

In brief 

  • Federal government tries again to set mandatory minimum sentences for some drug offences
  • Ontario judge scolded for ignorance of HIV
  • Groups oppose proposed police crackdown in Downtown Eastside
  • Punitive laws and policies put sex workers at risk
  • Health care costs in prisons rising fast
  • Manitoba: New AIDS drugs added to provincial formulary


  • U.N. adopts historic declaration on economic, social and cultural rights
  • Uganda: Proposed bill would criminalize HIV transmission, force partners to reveal HIV-positive status
  • Zimbabwe: Collapse of the public health system has devastating consequences for HIV care
  • Macedonia: Detention of sex workers sparks protest
  • Senegal: Growing intolerance towards gay men
  • Israel: HIV-positive surgeon allowed to return to work

In brief

  • U.S.: Obama lifts ban on funding for international groups performing or counselling abortions
  • Burundi: Senate rejects law criminalizing homosexuality
  • Ethiopia: New law threatens human rights
  • India: Bill criminalizing buying sex lapses in Parliament
  • Southern Africa: Regional model law on HIV drafted
  • U.N.: Statement condemns human rights violations based on sexual orientation and gender identity
  • Asia: Rapid increase in cases of HIV among MSM


  • Federal Court orders judicial review of decision on Mexican’s refugee application
  • Federal Court rules all evidence must be considered in determining risk of persecution of refugee claimant
  • Thai woman’s deportation postponed until resolution of her criminal appeal
  • Criminal law and cases of HIV transmission or exposure


  • South Africa: High Court orders Minister to release report on inmate’s death
  • Criminal law and cases of HIV transmission or exposure

In brief

  • Latin America: Case raises issue of reproductive rights of HIV-positive women
  • Senegal: Nine gay men arrested, convicted and given harsh sentences
  • Update: Appeal in Dr. Rath case lapses

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