Human Rights Seminar for Law Enforcement Officers
On 28-29 March 2014 UNDP Tanzania in collaboration with Tanzania Commission for AIDS (TACAIDS) conducted a seminar on HIV, human rights and the law for Judges, State Attorneys, Magistrates and high level officers of the Ministry of Home Affairs. The event is in response to the recommendations of the report of the Global Commission on HIV and the Law (2012) which showed that stigma, discrimination and human rights violations continue to create major obstacles to effective HIV responses across the world, including sub-Saharan Africa. The seminar is in preparation of a Legal Environment Assessment (LEA) to strengthen and address human rights for people living and affected by HIV and AIDS. The LEA is expected to create an enabling environment for the national HIV and AIDS response, identify laws, policies and practices that limit effective HIV and AIDS responses either directly or indirectly, and come up with strategies to review these laws, policies and practices. In addition, the LEA process will include a national dialogue for various stakeholders to discuss the key issues related to HIV, the law, and human rights, particularly for key populations (KPs). UNDP Tanzania is working in collaboration with its regional service centre based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and as part of South South Cooperation, one of the lead facilitators for the event provided inputs and experiences from other countries in the region.
UNDP supported TACAIDS to bring together high law enforcement officials and make them aware of the magnitude of issues and services that KPs need in order to have an effective national HIV response. It is expected that the process of the legal environment assessment will result in solutions that will overcome the punitive laws, discrimination and practices that hamper access to HIV related services for KPs in Tanzania.