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Human Rights Embassy took part in the meeting of the Regional Network for Legal Aid to People Affected by the HIV Epidemic

On October 28, 2014, in Tbilisi, a preliminary meeting of the participants of the Regional Network for Legal Aid to People Affected by the HIV Epidemic took place. Lawyers from organizations from nine countries of the Eastern Europe and Central Asia region discussed the possibilities of improving the quality of legal aid provided, ethical rules when working with representatives of vulnerable groups. The development of the network, expansion of territorial coverage, establishment of permanent communication with communities of vulnerable groups also became the subject of discussion. At the meeting, specialists from IDLO and the UNDP regional office made presentations.

The Regional Network for Legal Aid to People Affected by the HIV Epidemic brings together human rights organizations that provide legal aid to people living with HIV and representatives of key populations at greatest risk of HIV infection. They are represented by lawyers with a high level of professionalism and extensive practice in working with these groups. The exchange of experience and successful practices was one of the main components of the meeting.

At the meeting, the Network participants supported the need to adopt a code of ethics, which should become the main document for the Network participants, regulating relations with representatives of vulnerable groups who apply for free legal aid, to prevent stigma and discrimination against persons applying for legal aid in their work, to ensure protection of confidential information provided to lawyers. The text of the code itself also became the subject of discussion.

During the meeting, Rimma Grishmanovskaya, Program Officer for Eastern Europe and Central Asia of the International Development Law Organization (IDLO) presented to the meeting participants a presentation on "International Practice for Sustainable Development of Legal Services in the Field of HIV." Specialist of the UNDP Regional Center Boyan Konstantinov presented to the Network participants a presentation on fundraising opportunities in the activities of organizations and their use.

The regional meeting was held with the financial support of the regional office of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the International Development Law Organization (IDLO).

Human Rights Embassy has joined the Regional Network for Legal Aid to People Affected by the HIV Epidemic, not empty-handed. Since the beginning of 2014, the organization launched a project called “Human Rights in Health Care”, within the framework of which it will provide free legal aid to victims of violated health rights. The project is implemented with the support of the Soros Foundation-Moldova and aims to promote the observance of human rights standards in the field of healthcare throughout Moldova (including the Transnistrian region).

The project includes 100 hours of free legal assistance to victims of violated health rights. During the implementation of the Human Rights in Healthcare project, experts - lawyers and lawyers will work to provide free consultations, primary legal assistance to persons who have suffered from human rights violations in the field of healthcare (both patients and medical workers), in order to promoting access to justice.

As a result of the project, the Human Rights Embassy team hopes to identify at least two cases of human rights violations in the field of health that can form the basis of strategic litigation and potentially lead to positive changes at the system level.

Priority in the project will be given to the most vulnerable categories of the population - people living with HIV / AIDS or tuberculosis, in need of palliative care, ethnic minorities, representatives of the LGBT community, women, single mothers, migrants, the unemployed, people with intellectual disabilities or mental health problems , drug users, etc. However, this list can and should be expanded to include any individuals who need the help of experts - lawyers / advocates - on the observance of human rights standards in the field of health care throughout Moldova (including the Transnistrian region).

The Embassy of Human Rights took part in the working meeting of the Regional Legal Aid Network in Kiev

On September 11-12, 2015 in Kiev (Ukraine), with the support of the UNDP regional office, the annual meeting of the Regional Network for Legal Aid to People Affected by HIV / AIDS, uniting 29 organizations from 9 countries of the Eastern Europe and Central Asia region, was held. The topic of the meeting was short-term and long-term strategic planning of the Legal Aid Network.

Participants shared information on successful legal practice in 2015. The main part of this practice was the won court cases on granting a temporary residence permit in Russia, indicating the diagnosis on hospital cards, restoring the rights of internally displaced persons and refugees with HIV, depriving HIV-infected parents of the right to raise children, early release of convicts with HIV who are not can provide treatment in custody. Organizations from Kazakhstan talked about the practice of issuing protection orders against women who are victims of domestic violence with the help of the senior inspector for the protection of women from violence. In Georgia, in cases in which members of the Legal Aid Network participated, police were severely reprimanded for homophobic speech. Organizations from Moldova, Ukraine, Kazakhstan spoke about the trainings they conducted for doctors to overcome discrimination against HIV-positive people. Network members from Russia talked about successful advocacy for the inclusion of medicines for anti-viral therapy in the list of essential means of living, changes in patent law.

Of the systemic problems, representatives of the Legal Aid Network noted the prosecution for HIV infection according to the statements of permanent partners, the refusal to provide antiretroviral therapy by parents to HIV-positive children. Since such problematic points in the legislation are common for most countries in the region, the organizations proposed to join efforts to change it.

The meeting was also attended by representatives of regional networks: the Eurasian Coalition for Men's Health, the Eurasian Women's Network on AIDS, the Association of PLHIV in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, the Network of Women Sex Workers.

Representatives of regional networks spoke about the activities of the networks, their formation and development, plans for the future. The Eurasian Coalition for Men's Health announced the start of cooperation with the Legal Aid Network on the preparation of legal expertise of legislation in 9 countries of the region on HIV, MSM and transgender people, analysis of gaps in legislation and recommendations for their elimination. The Network of Women Sex Workers also reported that they used the results of interviews with six organizations participating in the Legal Aid Network in Kazakhstan, Ukraine and Georgia in preparing a study to analyze the barriers that prevent sex workers from obtaining legal aid. The presentations of the regional community networks aroused interest and many questions from other participants in the meeting.

“Regional networks should facilitate the strengthening of partnerships and cooperation between their members at the country level in order to more effectively protect the rights of people living with HIV,” said Hovhannes Madoyan, a representative of the PLHIV Union for Eastern Europe and Central Asia, “We see such cooperation in the form of joint campaigns to protect the rights of PLHIV and representatives of key affected populations. It is also important to join efforts to change legal norms that represent barriers to access of representatives of key affected populations to HIV testing and treatment ”.

The Legal Aid Network Coordinator presented the work of the Network over the past year. In 2015, three new members from Kazakhstan and Ukraine joined the Network. The Strategic Planner presented the strengths and weaknesses of the Legal Aid Network, the resources available and the need to develop new ones identified by the participants in the preliminary interview. A discussion was held on the plans of the Legal Aid Network for a year and three years, the possibilities and ways of their implementation. The participants of the meeting outlined their participation in the implementation of the planned activities, suggesting the involvement of the resources of organizations. A working group was established to prepare the participation of the Legal Aid Network for the Fifth Conference on HIV / AIDS in Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

Source - http://hiv-legalaid.org/index.php?id=1442258092

The Embassy for Human Rights took part in the annual meeting of the Regional Legal Aid Network.

The annual meeting of the Regional Legal Aid Network for People Affected by HIV / AIDS, which brings together 29 organizations from 9 countries of Eastern Europe and Central Asia, was held in Kiev, Ukraine, September 11-12, 2015. was supported by the UNDP regional office. The topic of the meeting was short-term and long-term strategic planning of the Legal Aid Network.

The meeting participants shared information about their current legal practice. The main part of this successful practice was the won lawsuits on the granting of a temporary residence permit in Russia, on the non-disclosure of confidential information about the diagnosis in medical records, on the restoration of violated rights of internally displaced persons and refugees with HIV, on the deprivation of the right of HIV-positive parents to educate their children, on early release from prison of convicts with HIV who cannot receive treatment in prison. Representatives of Kazakhstani organizations spoke about their practice of issuing protection orders to women who are victims of domestic violence. This practice was made possible by the assistance of the Chief Inspector for the Protection of Women from Violence.

In Georgia, police officers were severely reprimanded for homophobic rhetoric in trials in which members of the Legal Aid Network participated. Organizations from Moldova, Ukraine and Kazakhstan provided information on trainings that were conducted for doctors to overcome discrimination against HIV-positive people. Network members from Russia presented their experience of successful advocacy on the inclusion of antiretroviral therapy drugs in the list of essential drugs and changes in patent legislation.

Representatives of the Legal Aid Network named the criminal prosecution of HIV infection based on the statements of regular partners of HIV-positive people and the refusal of antiretroviral therapy by parents as systemic problems. Since such complex legislative problems are common in most countries in the region, the participating organizations offered to join forces to change legislation.

The meeting was also attended by representatives of the following regional networks: the Eurasian Coalition for Men's Health, the Eurasian Women's Network on AIDS, the Union of PLHIV of Eastern Europe and Central Asia, the Network of Women Sex Workers.

Representatives of regional networks spoke about the activities of these networks, spoke about their formation and development, and presented plans for future work. Representatives of the Eurasian Coalition for Men's Health spoke about the beginning of cooperation with the Legal Aid Network to prepare a legal examination of the legislation of nine countries in the region on HIV, MSM and transgender issues, analyze gaps in legislation and provide recommendations to address these gaps. The Sex Workers Network informed the meeting participants that they used the results of interviews with six participating Network organizations from Kazakhstan, Ukraine and Georgia to prepare a study to analyze barriers for sex workers to legal aid. ... The presentation of regional networks and communities aroused great interest, many questions were asked and answered.

“Regional networks should foster stronger partnerships and cooperation between their members at the country level in order to more effectively protect the rights of people living with HIV,” said Hovhannes Madoyan, Representative of the Association of PLHIV in Eastern Countries. Europe and Central Asia - “We see this collaboration as joint campaigns to protect the rights of PLHIV and key affected populations. It is also important to join our efforts to change the legal norms that prevent access for representatives of key populations. affected populations to HIV testing and treatment.

The Legal Aid Network Coordinator presented the Network's activities over the past year. Three new members from Kazakhstan and Ukraine joined the Regional Network in 2015. The Strategic Planner spoke about the resources available and the need to develop new ones, and presented the strengths and weaknesses of the Legal Aid Network identified by some participants during the preliminary interviews. The annual plans of the Network and three-year plans, opportunities and ways of their implementation were discussed. The meeting participants indicated their involvement in the implementation of the proposed activities, suggesting the attraction of resources and funds of organizations. The working group was established to prepare for the participation of the Legal Aid Network in the Fifth Conference on HIV / AIDS in Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

Source - http://hiv-legalaid.org/e

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