The COVID-19 pandemic has once again demonstrated the harmful impact that criminal and punitive laws and their enforcement can have on the rights of marginalized populations. As 40 Years of the HIV epidemic have shown us, punitive approaches can actively undermine public health responses, increase stigma, discrimination and violence, creating barriers to accessing services. This is particularly the case for laws relating to sexual and reproductive health and rights, sex work, drug use, and those that target people based on sexual orientation, gender identity, or HIV status.
Please join us on International Human Rights Day for an important and timely online discussion on criminal laws in the context of human rights and public health. We will explore the issues, the evidence, best practices, and how to "Recover Better" in standing up for human rights.