Human Rights Count!

Human Rights Count!

Despite national and international declarations emphasising respect for the human rights of people living with HIV, no country has yet been able to eradicate stigma, discrimination and human rights violations against people living with HIV. Countless studies have shown that these types of violations have a negative overall impact on HIV prevention initiatives as well as on efforts to maximise uptake of treatment and services for people living with HIV.Untitled

Human rights violations are not only perpetuated by other citizens, but also by state and institutional actors, including by health care workers, clergy, judges and law enforcement officers. Complaint mechanisms and opportunities to seek political or legal redress against rights violations oftentimes are limited or non-existent.

GNP+’s innovative Human Rights Count! tool documents HIV-related human rights violations against people living with HIV. The methodology for the tool is driven by people living with HIV. Evidence collected has already been successfully piloted in advocacy that has informed protective laws in Nigeria, Zambia, Malawi, Kenya.

Key populations living with HIV, including sex workers, people who use drugs, transgender people, gay men or other men who have sex with men (MSM), bear the brunt of HIV-related rights violations. In partnership with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and in close collaboration with the key populations, GNP+ has adapted the Human Rights Count! tool to address the particular needs and vulnerabilities of key populations.

Alongside the new questionnaire, GNP+ has developed additional guidance and piloted the tool with sex workers in Kenya and networks of people who use drugs in Nepal. The evidence collected with the adapted Human Rights Count! tool has already resulted in two ground-breaking rights violations reports and has seeded a number of nascent advocacy campaigns.

To address rights violation in workplace settings, GNP+ has supported the International Labour Organisation with various guidance documents, including the Voluntary Counselling and Testing at Work initiative.

Are you looking to implement the Human Rights Count! study? Contact GNP+

 

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