UNAIDS addresses UN Human Rights Council on the impact of punitive laws on HIV
10 June 2010
As part of the 14th session of the UN Human Rights Council taking place in Geneva from 31 May-18 June 2010, the Council held on 4 June 2010 an interactive debate with the Special Rapporteur on the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standards of physical and mental health, the Independent Expert on the question of human rights and extreme poverty, and the Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences.
In his report, Anand Grover, the Special Rapporteur on the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health, focused on the impact of criminal law on the realization of the right to health and related rights. He specifically reported on the impact of criminalization of same-sex conduct and sexual orientation, sex work, and HIV transmission – three examples of the criminalization of private consensual sexual conduct between adults.
“We hope the report of the Special Rapportueur will help to generate constructive debate, and catalyze change toward a more rights-based and effective AIDS response,” said UNAIDS Human Rights and Law Officer Jason Sigurdson who delivered a joint statement for the UNAIDS Secretariat and UNDP.
The 14th session of the UN Human Rights Council continues in Geneva until 18 June 2010.