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AIDS Law Project Welcomes Fair and Non-Discriminatory Policy on HIV Testing, Employment and Deployment in the SANDF

The AIDS Law Project (ALP) welcomes the long awaited approval of the revised health classification policy of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) which was announced by Cabinet on Wednesday 4th November

The new policy is a culmination of a legal challenge, in which the ALP acted for various people with HIV as well as for the South African Security Forces Union (SASFU), that was drawn out over 15 years. From 1994, we have challenged the constitutionality of HIV testing policies that were being unfairly used to exclude people with HIV from recruitment to, promotion or foreign deployment in the SANDF.
 

Legal challenge to Johannesburg's war on the urban poor

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Central Methodist Church, Lawyers for Human Rights and others launch a court application to prevent arrests of Johannesburg poor and homeless for "loitering”; challenge the constitutionality of the city’s “loitering” by-law; and compel government to engage meaningfully with the poor seeking refuge in and around the church.

 

Is there enough money to meet the National Strategic Plan treatment target? Will it be spent properly?

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Joint statement by the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) and AIDS Law Project (ALP)

30 October 2009

President Zuma's speech

President Zuma's landmark speech on 29 October 2009 has acknowledged the extent of the AIDS epidemic and put the period of state-supported AIDS denialism behind us. The TAC and ALP unreservedly welcome it. In this context we comment on the health and HIV aspects of the budget speech.

Landmark Speech by President Zuma

Yesterday, President Jacob Zuma made one of the most important speeches in the history of AIDS in South Africa. In front of the National Council of Provinces (NCOP), he unequivocally acknowledged the devastation of AIDS on our country. With this speech state-supported AIDS denialism has been banished.

A Response to Roger England

This is a letter written by Nathan Geffen in response to some public health advocates who say that AIDS funding has been detrimental to public health.

          
 

Attacks on Abahlali baseMjondolo Movement

The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) and the AIDS Law Project (ALP) are concerned by reports of violence and intimidation against members of the Abahlali baseMjondolo Movement (ABM) in the Kennedy Road informal settlement in Durban. ABM is a community based organisation that works to improve conditions for shack dwellers.

According to a statement released by several civil society groups, local ANC people allegedly drove leaders of the ABM and others out of the settlement. We have received further reports that the people carrying out the attacks sang anti Mpondo slogans and that the police allowed the violent attacks to be carried out. Furthermore, it is alleged that the police, instead of arresting the attackers, have arrested members of the Kennedy Road Development Committee, an organisation targeted by the attackers.

If the allegations being made are true, they are extremely serious. Violence was often used under the apartheid government to secure political advantage in Kwazulu-Natal. These methods should be confined to our past. South Africa is now a constitutional democracy in which the only mechanisms of securing political power should be non-violent and lawful.

We call on President Jacob Zuma, the South African Human Rights Commission and the Independent Complaints Directorate to meet with the residents of Kennedy Road and to investigate the allegations against the local ANC branch and the police.
 

SUBMISSION ON DRAFT PREFERENTIAL PROCUREMENT REGULATIONS, 2009


The draft Preferential Procurement Regulations (“the draft regulations”) were published for public comment on 14 August 2009. The AIDS Law Project (ALP), a not-for-profit organisation that seeks to use and develop the law to defend and advance constitutionally protected rights, has a direct interest in the draft regulations. This arises out of ALP’s work on access to medicines – an integral part of the right to have access to health care services – and the manner in which the state procures antiretroviral (ARV) medicines. ALP has submitted a document with recommendations in respect to the specific draft regulations considered. To read the full submission click here.
 

TAC Khayelitsha on Madiba Day

TAC Khayelitsha participated in 4 events as our contribution towards the 67minutes on Mandela Day. Free Gender, Sonke Gender Justice , Treatment Action Campaign and Triangle Project Media Conference: 1pm - Treatment Action Campaign boardroom Site B Khayelitsha Over the past few weeks South African townships have suffered a series of killings in the LGBTI [...]

Youth march to Parliament – TAC Khayelitsha at the South African Youth Council march for jobs!

                                                                        

TAC Khayelitsha joins MSF, Section 27 & PHM against “Novartis”

Novartis is a huge and extremely wealthy pharmaceutical company that is based in Switzerland, in Europe. It is ranked the second largest pharmaceutical company in the world in terms of sales. In 2010, it sold US$ 47 billion (US dollars) worth of medicines. The company is suing India for not giving a patent on its medicine [...]

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