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Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network releases five key HIV -related issues facing new Canadian government
The Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network has issued a briefing paper to parliamentarians on World AIDS Day. They are calling on the new federal government to take decisive steps to address the HIV epidemic, both in Canada and abroad. Laying out five key areas and recommending associated actions, we urge Canada’s government to heed research and evidence, and uphold a human rights-based approach to HIV-related policy-making.
Through straightforward and feasible recommendations, “Action Required” asks the federal government to
- reinvigorate the federal strategy on HIV and AIDS;
- promote harm reduction and reform drug policy;
- defend the human rights of LGBTI people, both domestically (by upholding trans and intersex rights) and globally (by foregrounding LGBTI human rights in immigration and foreign policy positions);
- protect sex workers’ rights; and
- promote access to medicines, including by ensuring that the secretly negotiated Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal does not put life-saving medicines even further beyond the reach of those who most need them.
What you can do
Post the briefing paper on your Facebook, and use Twitter to “School Your MP on #WAD2015”. We’re asking our supporters to retweet their messages to key cabinet members, or find your MP and tweet at them. Let’s make a difference together.