Human Rights at AIDS 2012
03 August 2012
Watch: Sex Worker Activists Disrupt Special Session on the US Congress’ response to HIV As we look back on the International AIDS Conference, there are plenty of lessons and conversations to carry with us. As a transgender woman and a sex worker, I want to make sure that the theme of exclusion, which people who [...]
25 July 2012
Video by: Hungarian Civil Liberties Union (Posted with permission)
Thousands of activists marched for human rights & economic justice on Tuesday from St. Vernon square, the venue of the International AIDS Conference, to the White House. The organizers of the march identified 5 demands: to tax Wall Street and stop cuts to AIDS services, to aid housing and lift the ban on syringe exchange, to provide full access to services for women and LGBT people, to make Big Pharma accountable and to stop the criminalization of PLWHA, drug users and sex workers. We asked the demonstrators how do they see these issues – please watch the video and find out yourself!
27 July 2012
We sat down and chatted with John at the Sex Workers’ Freedom Festival in Kolkata, India. Here’s what he had to say… I was born in a poor poor poor family in the Central Province, a very remote place in Kenya. I am born gay – it is my identity. For 11 years now I [...]
27 July 2012
(Posted with permission)
[July 26th, 2012] Sex workers and the unforgettable MC Tini say farewell to Kolkata after the Sex Workers’ Freedom Festival concludes. Travel restrictions by the US government had barred sex workers from attending the International AIDS Conference in Washington, but they made sure that their voices would be heard loud and clear!
27 July 2012
Boarding the plane, I met Alexey Kurmanaevsky, one of the few Russian activists who went public about his life as a person who uses drugs. Alexey appealed to the Russian Ministry of Health asking for opioid substitution treatment (OST). His request was rejected. Then he sued the Ministry for refusing to provide effective, evidence-based treatment [...]
29 July 2012
The OST programs in Ukraine have to satisfy the needs of its patients
OST patient from Ukraine: “We, the OST patients are the best experts in how this program should work, the state must listen to us and take to consideration our needs”
Drug users in Russia: “Stop ingnoring us, stop violating our rights!”
The lies transmitted by the Russian government makes people die everyday and soon there will be nobody to provide treatment to in Russia….