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African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights to launch report on human rights and HIV in Africa

‘HIV, the Law and Human Rights in the African Human Rights System: Key Challenges

and Opportunities for Rights-based Responses to HIV’ to be launched on the side-lines of the African Union Summit

Protecting the human rights of people most vulnerable to HIV is essential to advance efforts to end the AIDS epidemic. However, stigma, discrimination and other human rights violations continue to prevent access to essential HIV services.

The African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR), a mechanism of the African Union, has a broad mandate to promote and protect human rights. As part of its work the ACHPR undertook a three-year study on HIV and human rights in Africa which was on adopted in November 2017.  

The report on this study provides the first comprehensive analysis of the progress and challenges relating to human rights in the response to HIV in Africa. It shares best practices on the continent and calls for renewed action by States, civil society and others to advance human rights as central to ending AIDS.

DATE               Saturday, 27 January 2018, 13:30–15:00 (East Africa Time). Cocktail served before the event at 13:00. You are invited to join.

WHERE            Committee Room 1, Old Conference Centre, African Union Conference Center, Addis Ababa

SPEAKERS       Commissioners for Political Affairs and Social Affairs of the African Union Commission

Commissioner Soyata Maiga, Chairperson of the ACHPR and Chairperson of the HIV Committee

Michel Sidibé, Executive Director of UNAIDS, Under Secretary-General of the United Nations

Ministers, NEPAD and civil society


For accreditation, more details or to set up an interview, please contact:

African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights

Anita Bagona | +251 904 06 34 07


Rahel Gettu MENGESHA

UNAIDS Communications | + 41 22 791 3873


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