Sunday, 23 May 2010 - 15:22

Leading activist organisations have condemned the cruel sentence by a Malawian magistrate imposed on Steven Monjeza and Tiwonge Chimbalanga, two men (one of whom is transgender and identifies as a woman) because they held a public engangement. They have been sentenced to 14 years in hard labour.

Steven Monjeza and Tiwonge Chimbalanga have been sentenced to 14 years in hard labour each. This is the maximum sentence that may be handed down. It follows their unjust conviction of “gross indecency and “unnatural acts”. Steven and Tiwonge have received this sentence because they are open...

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Wednesday, 19 May 2010 - 13:08

Letter to United States President Barack Obama from the Treatment Action Campaign, endorsed by the Congress of Southern African Trade Unions (COSATU), Medicins Sans Frontieres, Community Media Trust (CMT), SAfAIDS and SECTION27. We are calling for the United States to expand funding for Pepfar to meet commitments for universal access to HIV treatment, prevention and care.

President Barack Obama
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500  
Fax: +001 202 456 2461
cc: Ambassador Donald H. Gips
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Wednesday, 19 May 2010 - 11:23

The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) supports the HIV Counseling and Testing (HCT) Campaign, launched by President Jacob Zuma during April 2010. The HCT campaign aims to test 15 million people over the next 12 months and put us on path to meet our national targets to reduce new infections by 50% and provide treatment to 80% of people in need by 2011.

TAC is committed to furthering the objectives of the HCT campaign: to mobilize people to know their status; to support people with key prevention messaging in order to encourage them to take proactive steps towards a healthy lifestyle;...

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Wednesday, 19 May 2010 - 10:36

We condemn in the strongest terms the conviction of Steven Monjeza and Tiwonge Chimbalanga in a court in Blantyre for committing so-called “unnatural acts”. Steven and Tiwonge were arrested in December 2009 after celebrating their engagement and have been in jail ever since.

Please sign the following petition demanding their release:

(Photo copyright: Reuters)

Please sign the following petition by going to:

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Thursday, 6 May 2010 - 14:45

On Wednesday 5 May, the opening day of the World Economic Forum on Africa (WEF) in Dar Es Salaam, a group of nine AIDS activists from across the continent were detained for questioning by Tanzanian authorities after they handed over a memorandum entitled “Health is Wealth”, which emphasised the need for increased investment in health and particularly HIV, TB and Malaria in Africa, to two prominent speakers at the WEF.

Michaela Clayton, Director of the AIDS and Rights Alliance for Southern Africa expressed her concern about these actions on the part of the Tanzanian authorities, ‘...

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