Paraguay-Country Reports on Human Rights Practices-2007-3/11/08 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
Other Societal Abuses and Discrimination<br><br> There was societal discrimination based on sexual orientation or against persons with HIV/AIDS. The Public Ministry was responsible for investigating these cases; however, police or other government agents perpetrated or condoned such discrimination. In May the Ministry of Health and Welfare reported 5,358 cases of HIV/AIDS, including 642 new cases in the first 10 months of 2006; 61 percent of all cases were male and 39 percent female.
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Qatar-Country Reports on Human Rights Practices-2007-3/11/08 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
Other Societal Abuses and Discrimination<br><br> The law prohibits same-sex relations between both males and females. Penalties for adults range from a maximum of seven to 15 years imprisonment. There were at least three cases before the court during the year. The verdict in the 2006 case involving a Qatari male and an Asian expatriate male remained unknown at year's end. There was discrimination reported against HIV patients if they were citizens or were in the country for at least five years with a legal residence permit. They were usually reported to the Preventive Health Department to maintain statistical records about the extent of contagious diseases in the country and to receive treatment. HIV-positive foreigners were deported to their home country, while HIV-positive citizens were quarantined and received treatment. According to the Qatar National Health Authority on December 1, a total of 228 HIV/AIDS cases have been detected in the country. More than half the number of patients are citizens and in the age group of 18 to 35. There are approximately 10 cases reported per year.
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Slovakia-Country Reports on Human Rights Practices-2007-3/11/08 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
Other Societal Abuses and Discrimination<br><br>
There were no reports of violence based on sexual orientation or discrimination against persons with HIV/AIDS. Prejudice and discrimination based on sexual orientation persisted.
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St. Vincent/Grenadines-Country Reports on Human Rights Practices-2007-3/11/08 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
Other Societal Abuses and Discrimination<br><br> There are no laws that prohibit discrimination against a person on the basis of sexual orientation. Although no statistics were available, anecdotal evidence suggested there was some societal discrimination against homosexuals and persons with HIV/AIDS. Local NGOs, including the SVGHRA, circulated a petition to Parliament that called for an end to all such discrimination.
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11/13/00 Kenya - The Brutal Economics of AIDS: HIV-infected workers in Kenya are routinely sacked from their jobs -SF Chronicle- 11/13/00 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
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AIDS Now Compels Africa to Challenge Widows' (Kenya, Malawi, Zambia) 05/11/05 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
In a number of African nations, a husband's funeral has long concluded with a final ritual: sex between the widow and one of her husband's relatives, to break the bond with his spirit and save her and the rest of the village from insanity or disease. Now AIDS is challenging that.
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Burundi/Uganda - Unravelling the Dynamics of HIV/AIDS-Related Stigma and Discrimination: The Role of Community Based Research- A MASAP Publication 04/30/04 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
With over 28 million people estimated to be living with HIV in Sub-Saharan Africa alone, the impact on communities has been devastating. Over the last decade, ACORD, and Africa-agenda led organization working in 18 countries in the region, has supported the efforts of people living in poor and marginalized communities to understand the roots of the problem and to find ways of preventing further spread of the virus and mitigating its impact.
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Conquering HIV and Stigma in Kenya -by Rebecca Voelker-Medical News and Perspectives- 04/14/04 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
Food, medications, and voluntary counseling and testing for HIV are made available at various sites in Kenya as a product of partnerships between schools in the United States and Kenya.
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Fighting human rights abuses against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals, communities and human rights defenders in Nigeria with support from the Royal Nederland Embassy- Media Quarterly Report- [August 05, 2007 ? January 15, 2008]- 01/05/08 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
Summary of Report <br><br>
This media quarterly report specifically focused on the following key issues; <br><br>
* Reports/incidents of protest or demonstration against LGBTI rights and other related issues
by individuals, groups or community organizations.<br><br>
* Reports/incidents of violence against LGBTI people/individuals by use of forced eviction
from community, torture, etc <br><br>
* Incidents/reports where pressure, organized by individuals and communities appear to have
influenced the perception on LGBTI rights and related issues. <br><br>
* Any incidents where actions to protest or demonstrate against violations of LGBTI people
and other related issues were met with/obstructed by violence [by SSS, Police, Hizbah,
individuals in communities, etc] <br><br>
* Reports on Statements or Declarations by organizations [such as: Church groups, Religious
bodies, Community Based Organization (CBO), Traditional Institutions, Professional
associations, etc] about LGBTI and related issues in their State/Zone. <br><br>
* Reports on bias legal and court proceedings against LGBTI related cases.
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Gay soldier's fate grips Brazil - By Gary Duffy-news.bbc.co.uk 06/05/08 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
However, despite staging what is thought to be the biggest gay pride demonstration in the world in Sao Paulo, which this year attracted an estimated three million people, gay groups in Brazil say they still face enormous problems of discrimination and violence.<br><br>
Between 1963 and 2007, activists say that more than 2,800 people were killed in Latin America's largest country because of their sexual orientation.
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HIV positive and gay in Kenya; double stigma- Afrol News- 12/01/03 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
HIV/AIDS activism in Kenya has been growing in recent years but it is rare for men who have sex with men to come out of the closet while also coming clean about their HIV status.
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Join U.S. Nigerian HIV/AIDS program for Nigerian Military Personnel To Open Liaison Office- Kaiserhetwork.org 01/31/06 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
Nigerian Defense Minister Rowland Oritsejafor in a statement released on Thursday announced the creation of a new liaison office in the capital Abuja for a joint program with the U.S. Department of Defense to fight HIV/AIDS among the country's military personnel, Xinhuanet reports (Xinhuanet, 1/28). The joint initiative already has trained Nigerian doctors, nurses, researchers and counselors to operate HIV/AIDS programs at the Mogadishu Barracks in Abuja, the Army Referral Hospital in Kaduna, the Nigerian Air Force Hospital in Ikeja and the Naval Hospital in Ojo.
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Kenya - View from the Boardroom: The Business community's response to HIV/AIDS in Kenya- 04/20/04 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
65% of people infected by HIV/AIDS are in sub-Saharan Africa. As the labor force is the most affected segment of the population, the effects are not to be taken lightly.
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Kenya: Businesses Tackle Stigma in the Workplace to Fight HIV and AIDS- GlaxoSmithKline, Kenya HIV AIDS Business Council, and National AIDS Trust UK-Press Release 11/16/04 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
GlaxoSmithKline, Kenya HIV AIDS Business Council, and National AIDS Trust UK launch a free resource for workplace education on HIV/AIDS.
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Kenya: Men Recognized as rape Victims - www.mask.org- 03/24/05 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
For the first time in Kenya's legal history men and boys could be recognized as legitimate victims of rape.
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Kenyan Soap Opera to Enlighten Africans on AIDS - www.afrol.com- 10/03/02 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
"Heart and Soul", a prime time tv and radio soap about the lives of two African families is bringing issues such as HIV/AIDS, poverty, and human rights to hard-to-reach populations in East Africa. The potential audience is estimated at 50 million to 75 million.
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Kenyan Teachers Living with HIV/AIDS Tell Their Stories www.internews.org 07/29/05 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
HIV/AIDS has taken a huge toll on Kenya's teachers who are critical to the future of Kenyan communities.
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Nigeria sets up therapy centres for HIV/AIDS patients- www.aegis.com- Agence France-Presse - 03/09/06 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
LAGOS, March 9, 2006 (AFP) - Nigeria has set up 74 centres to give HIV/AIDS antiretroviral therapy treatment across Africa's most populous country, the health ministry said Thursday.<br><br>
The centres are located in Nigeria's Federal Capital Territory Abuja and 35 of Nigeria's 36 states, with the last to be covered before the middle of the year, said the statement by Health Minister Eyitayo Lambo.
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Nigeria: Anti-gay bill could hinder AIDS interventions- IRIN 03/24/06 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
(This report does not necessarily reflect the views of the United Nations]<br><br>
JOHANNESBURG, 24 March (PLUSNEWS) - Proposed legislation to criminalise same-sex relationships in Nigeria could hamper anti-AIDS efforts, rights groups said on Thursday.<br><br>
A joint statement by 16 local and international NGOs said the bill would not only have "destructive consequences" for Nigeria's struggle against AIDS, but also contravened international law and the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights, which upheld freedom of expression, association and assembly.
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