HIV, the Law and Human Rights in the African Human Rights System: Key Challenges and Opportunities for Rights-Based Responses — Report on the Study of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights
Despite many achievements, stigma, discrimination, gender inequality, violence and other human rights violations continue to make people vulnerable to the epidemic and hinder access to HIV services. AIDS activists and civil society organisations that were critical to successes to date are increasingly confronted by laws, policies and practices that create barriers to their registration, operations, activities and funding. These challenges occur at a time when African countries have committed to the bold visions of the Sustainable Development Goals, Agenda 2063, and of ending the AIDS epidemic as a public health threat by 2030. There is no better entity to address the legal, human rights and social justice challenges raised by the HIV epidemic than the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, which has a broad mandate for the promotion and protection of human rights in Africa.