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NGOs Warn Against Criminalising HIV Transmission

Ugandan civil society organisations have warned against criminalising the transmission of HIV/AIDS.

Action Aid Uganda’s Stella Mukasa, notes that, “Criminalising the transmission of the disease invokes stigma, discrimination and deters voluntary testing and access to treatment.”

Mukasa argues that applying criminal law to HIV transmission could result in women being disproportionately prosecuted and increase domestic violence.

Chinese NGOs to Get Legal Status

NGOs committed to fighting HIV/AIDS in China will soon get legal status to operate, as the government is considering legally recognising these organizations. That’s according to experts close to the situation.

Secretary general of the government-backed Chinese Association of AIDS and STD Prevention and Control, Shen Jie, notes that these efforts will help the fight against AIDS.

Shen further says that, "If realized, that will not only facilitate the work of these organisations but also give a long-term boost to China's anti-HIV/AIDS efforts."

Countries Struggling with Migrants – IOM Report

Zimbabwean migration blurs the line between refugees and economic migrants, according to a report by the Forced Migration Studies Programme at the University of the Witwatersrand.

The study looks into the official responses to Zimbabwean migration in Botswana, Malawi, Zambia and Mozambique and found that they failed to take this distinction into account.

TAC Urges Zuma to Show Men How to Treat Women

AIDS activist group the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) has called for a radical approach to halt gender-based violence and HIV in South Africa.

The TAC is also urging President Jacob Zuma to throw his weight behind efforts to change men's attitudes and behaviour towards women and girls.

The organisation is also commending Zuma’s administration for showing the political will to fight the HIV and AIDS and tuberculosis pandemics.  The comments come a day before South Africans commemorate the World AIDS Day on 1 December 2009.

N36 Million for NGOs to Fight HIV

Delta State Action Committee on AIDS (DELSACA) will disburse N36 million to 12 NGOs in Delta as grant for fight against HIV.

DELSACA project coordinator, John Osuyali, says that more than 140 NGOs applied for the second trench of the grant to carry out HIV related activities in the state.

"We have about N36 million for NGOs to carry out HIV related activities and only 12 NGOs will be eligible for the funding," explains Osuyali. 

Nkole Wanted Chiluba Case Dropped, NGO

The Committee of Citizens, a NGO, has challenged former Task Force on Corruption chairperson, Max Nkole, to deny that he had written letters to the Republican vice-president asking that the case involving former president, Frederick Chiluba, be dropped.

The organisation’s executive director, Gregory Chifire, says that Nkole should in the next seven days publicly admit that he had written several letters to the vice-president asking that Chiluba's case be dropped because of lack of evidence.

NGO Trains Children on Electoral Process

Nigeria’s Children and Youth Democratic Electoral Model (CYDEM) says it has placed the necessary machinery on ground to educate children and youths on the basic tenets of democracy and the electoral process.

The CYDEM project initiator, Temitola Odetola, says that the programme is geared towards changing the negative stereotype that democracy and good governance is synonymous to bribery, corruption, rigging, injustice and violence.

Ethiopian NGO Face Awful Choice

Under a controversial new law, Ethiopia's beleaguered civil-society groups are facing an awful choice: Surrender almost all of their funding, or surrender their work on human rights and democracy.

Across the country, civil-society groups are closing offices, laying off staff and cutting back their activities because of a new law that imposes tough new limits on any group that gets more than 10 per cent of its funding from foreign sources.

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