20131127 US PLHIV Stigma Index NSC Report and Press Release

posted 27 Nov 2013 11:28 by Doug McColeman   [ updated 27 Nov 2013 12:27 ]

NOVEMBER 27, 2013— The United States People Living With HIV Stigma Index may well be the most ambitious community-based research project ever undertaken to measure HIV stigma and discrimination nationally, and it also has the benefit of empowering communities of people living HIV with data to show to policymakers and health care providers, according to a report published by the project’s National Steering Committee.

View the report below as a pdf file.

The global People Living with HIV Stigma Index (http://www.stigmaindex.org) is a project designed by and for people living with HIV to: 

- Document experiences of stigma and discrimination; 

- Mobilize and support networks of key populations and people living with HIV to work together to improve the well-being of the most marginalized affected groups; 

- Reduce internalized stigma and develop resilience and capacity to bring change;

- Develop the research literacy of people living with HIV and key populations to understand, manage, and use data on the social aspects of HIV stigma and discrimination; 

- Provide an evidence base to inform interventions focused on community identified needs; and 

- Build a shared advocacy agenda across key populations of people living with HIV designed for impact in addressing the barriers to well-being created by HIV-related stigma and discrimination.

20130611 C-65 Un projet de loi qui porte atteinte aux droits fondamentaux des personnes utilisatrices de drogues

posted 11 Jun 2013 20:29 by Admingnp na   [ updated 12 Jun 2013 13:45 ]

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Contact: media@gnpna.org

Un projet de loi qui porte atteinte aux droits fondamentaux des personnes utilisatrices de drogues

Le Réseau mondial des personnes vivant avec le VIH, Amérique du Nord le GNP+NA considère que le projet de loi C-65 du gouvernement fédéral porte atteinte aux droits fondamentaux des personnes utilisatrices de drogues. De plus, le GNP+NA déplore que le Parti conservateur du Canada ait, en même temps qu’il déposait ce projet de loi, mis en ligne un site web invitant la population canadienne à s’opposer à l’ouverture de site d’injection supervisée. Ces deux actions ne visent qu’à multiplier les obstacles aux organismes qui fournissent ou qui veulent fournir des services de supervision de consommation de drogues, tel Insite à Vancouver, aux personnes utilisatrices de drogues.

En septembre 2011, la Cour suprême du Canada a jugé que le service d’injection supervisée Insite permettait de sauver des vies et d’améliorer la santé des personnes bénéficiant de ses services, obligeant ainsi le ministre fédéral de la santé à accorder une exemption à Insite. Se fondant sur l’article 7 de la Charte Canadienne des droits et libertés, la Cour a affirmé que les personnes utilisatrices de drogues ont le droit à la vie, à la santé et à la sécurité et qu’un service d’injection supervisée peut être proposé à ces personnes. La Cour a fondé son jugement après avoir pris connaissance des dispositions qui règlementent ce type de site et après s’être assurée que ce service n’avait pas engendré d’augmentation de l’utilisation de drogues ou l’augmentation du nombre de crimes dans son voisinage. Elle a aussi énuméré certains facteurs à considérer lors de l’implantation de ce type de service, dont celui d’assurer l’implication des communautés concernées. Dans un contexte où le ministre de la Santé du Canada est la personne désignée à accorder l’exemption dans le cadre de la Loi règlementant certaines drogues et autres substances, la Cour a affirmé que le ministre a un pouvoir discrétionnaire dans le fait d’accorder une exemption, mais a précisé que ce pouvoir doit néanmoins s’exercer dans le respect des dispositions de la Charte canadienne et a encouragé le ministre à trouver un équilibre entre le droit à la santé et la sécurité publique dans ses futures prises de décision.

Ce projet de loi ne tient pas compte de l’arrêt de la Cour Suprême et donc des droits fondamentaux que cette dernière a souhaité protéger. En effet, il introduit une panoplie de conditions nécessaires à l’obtention d’une exemption. Parmi ces conditions, certaines donnent libre champ à tout opposant au projet d’avoir une forme de « droit de veto » à la mise en place de ce projet. La mise en ligne du site Garder l’héroïne loin de chez nous, par le Parti conservateur, en même temps que le dépôt de ce projet de loi, sonne comme une provocation et est un bon indicateur du fait que ce parti fait primer son idéologie sur la santé de milliers d’individus.

ous ne voulons pas d’une décision contraire aux droits fondamentaux. N’en déplaise au Parti conservateur du Canada, les personnes utilisatrices de drogues sont aussi des citoyens et des citoyennes qui ont des Droits qui doivent être protégés. Nous souhaitons que ces Droits soient respectés. Nous voulons, une réécriture complète du projet de loi C-65 afin que les décisions du ministre d’accorder une exemption soient prises dans le respect des droits les plus élémentaires de tous les citoyens touchés de près ou de loin par ce type de service.


Pour un complément d’information, nous vous invitons à visiter la Déclaration du Réseau juridique canadien VIH/sida et de ses partenaires.


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20130611 C-65 A bill that infringes on the fundamental rights of people who use drugs.

posted 11 Jun 2013 20:26 by Admingnp na   [ updated 11 Jun 2013 23:18 by Doug McColeman ]

C-65 A bill that infringes on the fundamental rights of people who use drugs.

For Immediate release

2013-06-11 

Contact: media@gnpna.org

The Global Network of People living with HIV, North America GNP+NA considers that the federal goverenements Bill C-65 infringes on the fundamental rights of people who use drugs. Furthermore, GNP+NA deplores that the presentaion of this bill by the Conservative Party of Canada coincides with its creation of a website that encourages the Canadian population to oppose the opening of supervised injection sites. These two actions are designed to increase the obstacles faced by organizations who already provide or who hope to provide services which would allow for secure and supervised drug programmes, such as those currently available at Vancouver's Insite facility.


In September 2011 the Supreme Court of Canada judged that the Supervised Injection Services at Insite permitted an ability to save the lifes as well as improve the health and well-being of the persons benefiting from these services, therefor obliging the Federal Health Minister to grant an exemption to Insite. Based on Article 7 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, the Court affirmed that People who use Drugs have the Right to Life, Health and Security and that a Supervised Injection Service may be provided to these persons. The Court based its judgement after having been made aware of the provisions that regulate this type of site and after having been giving assurances that the service had neither increased the level of drug use nor increased the level of crime in the neighbourhood. It also listed certain factor to consider with the implementation of this type of service, such as ensuring the involvement of the affected communities. In a context where the Canadian Minister of Health is the designated person who could grant the exemption within the framework of the Law which regulates certain drugs and other substances, the Court stated that the Minister has a discretionary power which would allow for granting such an exemption, but noted that this discretionary power must respect and be in compliance with the Canadian Charter and encouraged the Minister to find a balance between the right to health and public security in future decision-making.

This bill does not take into account the judgment of the Supreme Court and therefore of fundamental rights that it wished to protect. In fact it introduces a wide range of conditions necessary in order to obtain an exemption. Among these conditions, some of which provide a right to veto to any who oppose the project. The creation of the website Keep heroin out of our backyards by the Conservative Party, at the same time as it presented the Bill, seems to be pure provocation. And is a strong demonstration that this party places its ideology before the health of thousands of individuals.

We do not want a decision that steps on fundamental right. No offence intended towards the Conservative Party of Canada but, People who use Drugs are also citizens who have Rights which much be protected. We hope that these Rights are respected. We want a complete re-write of Bill C-65 in order to ensure that the decisions of the Minister to grant an exemption are made in accordance and respect the basic rights of all citizens be they directly affected or not by this type of service.

For further information please visit The Statement prepared by the Canadian HIV/AIDS Network and their partners


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20130217 NAPWA Statement

posted 17 Feb 2013 19:31 by Doug McColeman   [ updated 11 Jun 2013 23:16 ]

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GNP+NA Notes with sadness and disappointment the dissolution of The National Association of People with AIDS (NAPWA).

For Immediate Release

2013-02-17

Contact: media@gnpna.org

GNP+NA notes with sadness and disappointment the dissolution of the National Association of People with AIDS (NAPWA).

NAPWA was founded 30 years ago, shortly after the meeting where the seminal “Denver Principles” self-empowerment manifesto was written and adopted by people living with AIDS. Since then, NAPWA played an important role in fostering HIV positive leadership and advocating on behalf of people living with HIV/AIDS.

While we salute the historical role of NAPWA and valuable work done by those who were part of NAPWA over the years, we also know that the organization often struggled to fulfill its mission to be an effective national voice of and for people living with HIV/AIDS.

As the North American affiliate of the Global Network of People living with HIV/AIDS, GNP+NA believes that the closing of NAPWA must be the impetus for a far-ranging participatory discussion that re-imagines and strengthens PLWHA organizing and leadership in the United States.

One of the first steps must be a full, honest and transparent explanation of the circumstances and actions leading to NAPWA’s closure. Like others in the AIDS community, we have recently been made aware of troubling issues that appear to have led to the bankruptcy. Any tax-exempt group that has raised and spent tens of millions in contributions, grants and government funds over the years owes such accountability to the community they purport to represent.

There are now more people than ever living with HIV/AIDS in the US and around the world. While transmission rates have stabilized or even fallen in some communities, other communities are ravaged by an epidemic that continues to grow and rage unchecked.

The need for the meaningful involvement of people living with HIV/AIDS, particularly those from the most vulnerable communities, has never been more critical. Yet the commitment to empowering people with HIV, by those in government, NGOs and civil society, seems to exist more in rhetoric than in reality.

Despite that lack of support, there are countless vibrant and effective HIV positive leaders and activists working at every level of this epidemic from the grassroots to national and global organizations. There are thousands more who are capable of leadership, but who aren’t provided the encouragement, opportunity and support to find their voices.

GNP+NA intends to work with colleagues and committed allies to turn a sad milestone—the closure of one of the very first organizations representing people with HIV—into an essential community dialogue involving the full, rich and exciting diversity of all communities of people living with HIV/AIDS in the United States.

Together we can and must build a stronger, more inclusive, representative, and accountable movement by and for people living with HIV. Because like those early pioneers who met in a hotel room in Denver and wrote a radical manifesto that has been heard around the world, we are still “Fighting for our Lives” and we are fighting for the lives of each other.

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20120402 GNP+ North America Supports the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network's work against Criminalization

posted 1 Apr 2012 22:51 by Doug McColeman   [ updated 11 Jun 2013 23:23 ]

GNP+NA Supports the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network's work against Criminalization

For Immediate release

2012-04-02 

As a sign of solidarity in the fight against serophobia as demonstrated by the actions of the Canadian Justice System. The Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network solicited signs of support from people and organizations dedicated to promoting social justice. to this end GNP+ North America provided a letter of support for the Legal Network's activities. In working towards the decriminalization of people living with HIV.

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