Advocacy Resources - Human Rights

Lyn's Comment: HIV and human rights are 'intertwined' in an number of ways.

The introduction to the publication “HIV/AIDS & Human Rights In A Nutshell” developed by the Program on International Health and Human Rights, François-Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Rights, Harvard School of Public Health and the International Council of AIDS Service Organizations, starts as follows:
"Human rights are fundamental to any response to HIV/AIDS. This has been recognized since the first global AIDS strategy was developed in 1987. Human rights and public health share the common goal of promoting and protecting the well-being of all individuals. "

"The promotion and protection of human rights are necessary to empower individuals and communities to respond to HIV/AIDS, toreduce vulnerability to HIV infection and to lessen the adverse impact of HIV/AIDS on those affected."

It is sometimes difficult for faith communities to deal with a rights-based approach.  To help us understadn our role and the interaction of HIV and rights, I again quote from the document:

"We understand human rights and HIV/AIDS to work together in three separate, but related ways. These are:

Accountability: Human rights provide a system for holding governments accountable for their actions.
Advocacy: Governments are responsible for what they do, do not do, and should do for their populations. This enables activists to engage in a wide range of advocacy actions targeted towards securing human rights enjoyment and protection for people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS and all other groups vulnerable to HIV infection.
Approaches to Programming: Human rights-based approaches to programming aim to integrate human rights principles such as nondiscrimination, equality and participation, including the greater participation of PLWHA,into the response at local, national and international levels."
You can download the document. (PDF; 2.12MB,
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