November 21, 2014
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein on Thursday criticized Gambia for its passage and enforcement of legislation criminalizing homosexual acts. In October Gambia President Yahya Jammeh signed into law a bill which imposes a sentence of life imprisonment for some ...[read more]
September 9, 2014
by Alison Sacriponte
Gambia's National Assembly passed a bill on Monday that imposes life imprisonment for some homosexual acts. The bill amends the criminal code to bring life sentences for "aggravated homosexuality," which encompasses repeat offenders, those living with HIV/AIDS, and where a minor is involved. The ...[read more]
February 19, 2014
by Daniel Mullen
UNAIDS, the UN agency tasked with overseeing the global response to HIV/AIDS, on Tuesday condemned Uganda's anti-gay legislation, which President Yoweri Musevni has pledged to sign into law. Though homosexuality has long been criminalized in Uganda, the new law imposes harsher penalties, ...[read more]
June 30, 2013
by Meagan McElroy
6/25/2013: UN rights expert urged Morocco to combat human trafficking 6/20/2013: Supreme Court ruled US cannot withhold HIV/AIDS funding over prostitution stance 6/3/2013: Japan and UN reached agreement to combat drug and human trafficking 1/4/2013: Tennessee judged ruled law concerning human ...[read more]
June 20, 2013
by Jaclyn Belczyk
The US Supreme Court ruled 6-2 Thursday in Agency for International Development v. Alliance for Open Society International, Inc. that the government cannot withhold funding from HIV/AIDS organizations that do not actively denounce prostitution. Under the US Leadership Against HIV/AIDS, ...[read more]
July 9, 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo
Laws in all countries of the world are limiting assistance and options available to individuals infected with HIV/AIDS, a UN commission reported on Monday. The Global Commission on HIV and the Law found that a variety of laws and practices worldwide affect infected persons' ability both to prevent ...[read more]
March 29, 2012
by Katherine Getty
The New Hampshire Senate on Wednesday approved a bill to legalize medical marijuana. The proposed law would allow the state to issue cards to patients with illnesses such as cancer, glaucoma, HIV/AIDS, MS and others. A prospective recipient of a card would be required to get consent from a doctor ...[read more]
July 22, 2011
by Dwyer Arce
Kristy Kade, Associate Director of Advocacy and Public Policy for Pathfinder International, argues that the recent Second Circuit ruling that the US cannot withhold HIV/AIDS funding to organizations based on their stance on prostitution corrects a policy that tied the hands of organizations ...[read more]
July 7, 2011
by Julia Zebley
The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled Wednesday that the US government cannot withhold HIV/AIDS funding to organizations based on their prostitution stance, finding a violation of the First Amendment. Upholding the injunction issued by the US District Court for the Southern ...[read more]
April 7, 2011
by Jennie Ryan
The Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday upheld a lower court decision invalidating a state ban on adoptions by same-sex couples. The court affirmed the decision of the Pulaski County Circuit Court invalidating Act 1, a state law which prohibits all unmarried couples from adopting or fostering ...[read more]

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