AMSHeR Supporting the African Commission HIV Committee Stakeholder Consultation

The African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (the Commission) adopted during the 16th Extraordinary Session in Kigali Resolution ACHPR/Res.290 (EXT. OS/XVI)2014 mandating its Committee on the Protection of the Rights of People Living with HIV (PLHIV) and those at risk, vulnerable to and affected by HIV (The HIV Committee) to ‘undertake a study on “HIV, the Law and Human Rights in the African Human Rights System: Key Challenges and Opportunities for Rights-based Responses to HIV” (the study)’. The same Resolution called on various stakeholders ‘to support The Committee in conducting the study’.  With the support of the United Nations Joint Programme for AIDS (UNAIDS), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), African Men for Sexual Health and Rights (AMSHeR), and AIDS and Rights Alliance for Southern Africa (ARASA), will host a two-days stakeholders’ consultation to contribute to, and enrich the study on “HIV, Law and Human Rights within the African Human Rights System: challenges and opportunities for a rights-based response” from July 23rd to 24th 2016 at the University of Kwazulu-Natal in South  Africa, just after the 21st International AIDS Conference.

The two-day consultation meeting will be attended by Mrs Soyata Maiga Chairperson of the HIV Committee and Deputy Chair of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, Madame Reine Alapini Gansou, Commissioner Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights Defenders in Africa and Member of the HIV Committee, and Mrs Lucy Assouagbor, Commissioner Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Women in Africa and member of the HIV Committee.

This is the first of a number of opportunities for stakeholders and communities affected by HIV to contribute to this study of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights. AMSHeR prioritizes engagement with the African Commission as a key policy and human rights norm-setting body of the African Union and works variously with its special mechanisms, including the HIV Committee which has an express mandate to address issues related to MSM health and rights. Through this engagement AMSHeR expect strong and actionable recommendations in the Study Report addressing human rights of people living with HIV, key affected populations and those at risk of or vulnerable to HIV, including MSM, transgender individuals, sex workers and drug injecting users in Africa.