Wednesday, 28 January 2009 - 08:57

On December 22 2008, nine men were arrested in Senegal and charged with "committing acts against nature" and "establishing an illegal organization". On January 6 2009 they were convicted and sentenced to eight years in prison.

It is believed that the charges were laid against these individuals because they are men who have sex with men and active in HIV prevention and treatment organizations in the country.

Photo: President Abdoulaye Wade of Senegal. Source ...

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Tuesday, 6 January 2009 - 23:16


Drs. Kamiar and Arash Alaei, two prominent HIV physicians have been imprisoned in Iran since June 2008. Please sign the Physicians for Human Rights petition calling for their release. Also, please contact the Iranian mission to the UN and urge the Iranian government to release them.

Update on 20 January: It appears Kamiar and Arash Alaei have been imprisoned again. See this report in the New York Times:


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Thursday, 25 December 2008 - 09:11

The state court in Cologne has rejected the case of the doctor Mathias Rath. Rath had accused the SWR (German TV channel) of false reporting in its prize winning documentary, “The Fall of Dominik”. Specifically, Rath claimed that the documentary’s assertion that the youth had “a gigantic tumor in his lung” was incorrect.

The court made it clear that the SWR and its codefendant, author Beate Klein of Report Mainz, observed the journalistic principal of due diligence, since they had oriented themselves on a postmortem report conducted at the behest of state lawyers, as well as on...

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Tuesday, 23 December 2008 - 17:52

Rulings and criticisms against Matthias Rath

The Advertising Standards Authority of South Africa (ASASA) has ordered Rath to withdraw his unsubstantiated claims following a complaint by TAC.
There are three ASASA rulings against Rath. They can be found here.

The British Advertising Standards Authority has forced Rath to remove his...

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Monday, 15 December 2008 - 11:06

In late November TAC reported on a national shortage of male latex condoms which threatened to undermine HIV prevention programmes over the holiday season. The condom shortage arose from delays in the national tendering process. TAC has been closely monitoring the situation over the course of the past few weeks. We are pleased to report that we have recently received confirmation from senior National Department of Health (NDoH) officials that the condom shortage has now been alleviated through the urgent importation of several million...

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