Capacity strengthening interventions aim to strengthen key stakeholders’ awareness and understanding of human rights, gender equality and HIV, TB and malaria to empower civil society organizations, sensitize law and policy makers to the importance of rights-based laws and policies, support strategic litigation by informed lawyers and sensitized decision-making by members of the judiciary and national human rights institutions and improve law enforcement by the police. Activities include:
In Africa, the Regional Judges Forum, supported by UNDP Regional Service for Africa, brings together members of the judiciary from countries across Africa to meet and discuss HIV and TB law and human rights issues in the region.
The Judges Forum provides an opportunity for judges to hear expert medical, scientific and legal evidence on matters relating to HIV, TB and the law as well as to hear about the impact of the law directly from key populations, including sex workers, gay and bisexual men and men who have sex with men, transgender people, women and girls and prisoners on sexual and reproductive health and rights. The judiciary discuss landmark judgements affecting the rights of people in the context of HIV and TB and share experiences and insights.
Members of the Regional Judges Forum are increasingly knowledgeable and sensitized on matters relating to HIV, TB, law and human rights and have presided over important judgements in the region. For example, they have acted as resource persons to train paralegal staff and clerks in courts in Kenya. Some of the Forum members were part of the High Court of Kenya that ruled as unconstitutional the criminalization of HIV transmission in law. In Botswana a member of the Forum was part of a ruling that entitled HIV treatment to foreign prisoners.Working with African judges to protect rights of people living with HIV