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 homosex... ...[read more]
November 3, 2014
by Alexandra Farone
The Namibia Supreme Court ruled Monday that three HIV-positive women were forcibly sterilized in public hospitals. This decision affirms the July 2012 intermediate court ruling, which stated that the sterilizations were illegal because circumstances rendered the consent coerced and uninformed. ...[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 25, 2014
by Nicholas Tomsho
Gay rights and HIV activist Paul Kasonkomona was acquitted Tuesday by the Lusaka Magistrate's Court of charges of encouraging homosexuality. Kasonkomona, a well-known activist for LGBT rights in highly-conservative Zambia, where homosexuality is illegal, was arrested in April 2013 after speaking ...[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]
January 22, 2014
by Benjamin Minegar
A unanimous three-judge panel for the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Tuesday held that, pursuant to the equal protection clause, sexual orientation is not a permissible basis upon which to exclude jurors during the federal "voir dire," or jury selection, process. SmithKline Beecham ...[read more]
October 9, 2013
by Alexandra Cabonor
JURIST Guest Columnist Margaret Winter of the American Civil Liberties Union National Prison Project discusses the recent desegregation of HIV positive inmates in Alabama prisons...Plaintiffs representing a class of all current and future HIV-positive prisoners in the custody of the Alabama ...[read more]
October 1, 2013
by Elizabeth LaForgia
US District Judge Myron Thompson approved a settlement Monday that will end segregation of HIV-positive inmates in Alabama prisons. The settlement came as a result of a 2012 decision by Thompson, who found that separating HIV-positive inmates from other inmates was discriminatory and lacked a ...[read more]
September 5, 2013
by Samuel Franklin
The Alabama Department of Corrections (ADOC) on Wednesday announced an end to its policy of segregating HIV-positive inmates at Julia Tutwiler Prison for Women. As of August 1, eight HIV-positive female inmates were transferred to the general prison population, with similar changes to the male ...[read more]
July 11, 2013
by Sydney Normil
The South Carolina Department of Corrections (SCDC) ended its policy of separating prisoners infected with HIV from the general population on Wednesday, making South Carolina the final US state to do so. The SCDC abolished the policy in an effort to revamp medical services and in consideration of ...[read more]

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