05 Nov 2018
Civil Society Calls For Rapid International Response to the Human Rights Crisis in Tanzania
To: Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General, World Health Organization
Seth Berkley, CEO Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance
Mariam Claeson, Director Global Financing Facility
Henrietta Fore, Executive Director UNICEF
Natalia Kanem, Executive Director UNFPA
Jim Kim, President World Bank Group
Peter Sands, Executive Director Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria
Michel Sidibé, Executive Director UNAIDS
Achim Steiner, Administrator UNDP
Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights
2 November 2018
We, the undersigned civil society and global key constituency-led organizations and networks, met as members of the Community, Rights and Gender (CRG) Advisory Group for the Global Fund CRG department, in Geneva on 1-2 November 2018. During our meeting, we received an update on the shocking developments that pose a direct threat to the health, safety and wellbeing of LGBT people, sex workers and other key and vulnerable populations in Tanzania.
We therefore urgently call on the heads of the UN and the multilateral health and development organizations, collaborating under the recently launched SDG3 Action Plan, to mobilize a coordinated response to the escalating crisis of state sanctioned violence facing the communities of LGBT people, sex workers and people who use drugs in Tanzania.
In an era of rising populism and heightened political repression around the world, communities most affected by HIV, TB and malaria, including people who use drugs, sex workers, LGBT people, with specific concern for transgender people, gay men and other men who have sex with men, are experiencing an escalation in state-sanctioned violence. Trends in state sanctioned violence, including gender-based violence, are fueled by pervasive levels of stigma, discrimination, and conservative populism. It has become all too common for political demagogues to use key populations as a political wedge to subjugate, oppress, debase, and belittle its citizens.
Urgent, Joint, Coordinated Action Is Needed to Immediately:
We stand in solidarity with community members and health workers on the front lines in Tanzania and around the world who are working relentlessly to ensure unfettered access to high quality, rights-based HIV, TB, and malaria prevention, treatment, care and support services.
International Civil Society Support (ICSS)
The Global Network of People Living with HIV (GNP+)
Global Action for Trans* Equality (GATE)
MPact Global Action for Gay Men’s Health and Rights
African Men for Sexual Health and Right (AMSHeR)
The Lean on Me Foundation
Alliance for Public Health
Eurasian Network of People Who Use Drugs (ENPUD)
Ukrainian Network of People Who Use Drugs (PUD.UA/VOLNA)
International Network of People who use Drugs (INPUD)
Bar Hostess Empowerment and Support Programme
Civil Society Movement Against Tuberculosis
Global Network of Sex Work Projects (NSWP)
Center for Supporting Community Development Initiatives
International Community of Women Living with HIV (ICW)
Regional Malaria CSO Platform, Greater Mekong Sub-region
AIDS & Rights Alliance for Southern Africa (ARASA)
Youth Voices Count – Asia and the Pacific
Developing Country NGO Delegation to the Global Fund to Fights AIDS, TB & Malaria
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