NSWP: Cheryl Overs

Cheryl Overs, founder of the Global Network of Sex Work Projects and member of the Technical Advisory Group of the Global Commission on HIV and the Law sets out her summary of sex workers claims for labour, gender, health and economic rights as well as principles in respect of human trafficking, research in sex workers, clients and child sexual abuse. She draws upon the writings of sex workers and publications of sex worker groups as well as notes and memories from more than thirty years of activism at national, regional and global levels.

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Civil Society: Oslo Declaration

OSLO DECLARATION ON HIV CRIMINALISATION

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USA

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Sweden

An innovative partnership was formalised in 2010 between RFSU (the Swedish Association for Sexuality Education), HIV-Sweden, and RFSL (the Swedish Federation for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Rights) to raise awareness and advocate against the criminalization of HIV transmission and exposure in Sweden.

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Germany

Before public campaigning for the decriminalization of HIV transmission and exposure, a need was identified to first strengthen the dialogue on this issue among networks of people living with HIV and AIDS service organizations in Germany. In 2011, Deutsche AIDS-Hilfe embarked on a project to conduct a series of interviews to highlight the criminalization of HIV transmission and exposure from perspectives of prevention, treatment, legal practice and public health.

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Sweden

An innovative partnership was formalised in 2010 between RFSU (the Swedish Association for Sexuality Education), HIV-Sweden, and RFSL (the Swedish Federation for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Rights) to raise awareness and advocate against the criminalization of HIV transmission and exposure in Sweden.

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International

For more information on the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) visit the website here

Visit Edwin J Bernard's Leading Blog on criminalization for up to date news from across the globe here.

Learn more about the People living with HIV Stigma Index here.  

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Australia

Criminal prosecutions involving HIV transmission or exposure have become more common in Australia in recent years. This has sparked renewed interest in the intersection of public health measures and the criminal law.

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Denmark

In February 2011, Denmark suspended a law criminalizing wilful infection or exposure to the risk of HIV while it considers a complete review.

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The Netherlands

Advocacy groups in the Netherlands have been successful in stopping prosecutions in recent years. HIV organizations in the Netherlands came together and became actively involved in individual cases. 

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