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More than 100 signatories to statement opposing the criminalization of people living with HIV in Canada

Monday, February 6, 2012 - More than 100 organizations from Canada and around the world have signed on to a statement by the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network opposing the criminalization of people living with HIV in Canada. More than 225 individuals from the fields of medicine, public health, law and academia also expressed their support of the statement.

The signatories demonstrated their support of the statement that was circulated in advance of two landmark cases on HIV non-disclosure that will appear before the Supreme Court of Canada. On February 8, the Court will hear the appeals in R. v. Mabior and R. v. D.C.

Over 130 people living with HIV in Canada have been charged in less than 15 years. The statement affirms that the widespread prosecution of HIV-positive individuals in Canada for non-disclosure has contributed to a climate marked by anxiety, fear, stigma and misinformation that undermines HIV counselling, education and prevention efforts that puts all Canadians at greater risk. The statement calls on the Court to reconfirm that people living with HIV are not criminals in cases where the threshold of significant risk is not met, and to instruct lower courts that significant risk must be determined on the basis of the best available scientific evidence, not on assumptions, prejudice or fear. It also asks provincial and territorial Attorneys General to follow suit and adopt guidelines to limit prosecutions in cases of HIV non-disclosure.


Signatory List:

Acción Ciudadana Contra el Sida Venezuela (ACCSI)

Action Canada for Population and Development / Action Canada pour la population et le développement

Action positive VIH/sida

African and Caribbean Council on HIV/AIDS in Ontario (ACCHO) / Conseil des Africains et Caraïbéens sur le VIH/sida en Ontario (CACVO)

Africans in Partnership Against AIDS (APAA)

Afrihealth Info rmation Projects / Afrihealth Optonet Association


AIDS Action Now!

AIDS Committee of Durham Region

AIDS Committee of Guelph and Wellington County

AIDS Committee of Ottawa / Comité du sida d'Ottawa

AIDS Committee of Toronto (ACT)

AIDS Community Care Montréal / Sida bénévoles Montréal

AIDS and Human Rights Research Unit, Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria

AIDS Network

AIDS New Brunswick / Sida Nouveau-Brunswick

AIDS Programs South Saskatchewan, Inc.

AIDS & Rights Alliance for Southern Africa (ARASA)

All Nations Hope AIDS Network

Alliance for South Asian AIDS Prevention (ASAAP)

L'A.R.C.H.E. de l'Estrie

Asia pacific network of people living with HIV/AIDS (APN+)

Assaulted Women's and Children's Counsellor/Advocate Program

Associação Mulher, Lei e Desenvolvimento (MULEIDE)

Association of Substitution Treatment Advocates of Ukraine (ASTAU)

Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations / Fédération australienne des organisations du SIDA

B.C. Civil Liberties Association

Black Coalition for AIDS Prevention (Black CAP)

Blood Ties Four Directions Centre

Bruce House

Bureau local d'intervention traitant du sida (BLITS)

Bureau régional d'action sida (BRAS Outaouais)


Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network / Réseau canadien Autochtone du SIDA

Canadian AIDS Society / Société canadienne du sida

Canadian Associaiton of Nurses in AIDS Care (CANAC) / Association canadienne des infirmières et infirmiers en sidologie (ACIIS)

Canadian Drug Policy Coalition, Faculty of Health Sciences, Simon Fraser University

Canadian Harm Reduction Network

Canadian Hemophilia Society / Société canadienne de l'hémophilie

Canadian Working Group on HIV and Rehabilitation (CWGHR)

Central Alberta AIDS Network Society

Centre des R.O.S.É.S. de l'Abitibi-Témiscamingue

Centre for Health Policy and Innovation with the World Health Organization

Centre for the Study of AIDS

Centre Sida Amitié

CF "VIRTUS", Ukraine

Coalition des organismes communautaires québécois de lutte contre le sida (COCQ-Sida)

Coalition Internationale Sida (Coalition PLUS)

Coalition Sida des Sourds du Québec

Corporation Félix Hubert d'Hérelle

Danish AIDS Foundation (AIDS Fondet)

Deutsche AIDS-Hilfe e.V

Development for Peace Education Lesotho



European Aids Treatment Group (EATG)

Faculté des Sciences de la Santé, Université d'Ottawa / Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Ottawa

Fondation d'aide directe - sida Montréal

Fonds de recherche du Québec - Santé (FRSQ)

Fundación Huésped

Global Forum on MSM & HIV (MSMGF) / Forum mondial sur les HSH et le VIH

Global Network of People living with HIV - North America / Réseau mondial des personnes vivant avec le VIH - Section nord-américaine

Global Network of Sex Work Projects

Groupe d'entraide à l'intention des personnes séropositives itinérantes et toxicomanes (Organisme GEIPSI)

Groupe sida Genève

Hassle Free Clinc

HIV & AIDS Legal Clinic Ontario (HALCO)

HIV Justice Network / Réseau Justice VIH

Intervention Régionale et Info rmation sur le Sida, Estrie (IRIS Estrie)

Interagency Coalition on AIDS and Development (ICAD) / Coalition interagence sida et développement (CISD)

International Community of Women Living with HIV (ICW Global) / Communauté internationale des femmes vivant avec le VIH

John Mordaunt Trust

M.A.I.N.S - Bas St. Laurent


Maggie's Toronto Sex Workers Action Project

Maison Plein Cour

Maison Re-Né

Médecins du Monde Canada

Most at Risk Populations' Society in Uganda

National AIDS Trust (NAT)

National Association of People Living with HIV/AIDS

Observatoire du sida et des sexualités

Ontario AIDS Network

Peel HIV/AIDS Network

People's Health Movement ( South Africa )

Pharmacies Martin Duquette

Pivot Legal Society

Le Planning Familial (MFPF)

Point de Repères

PolitiQ - Queers solidaires

Portail VIH/sida du Québec

Positive Living BC

Positive Women's Network

Positive Vibes Trust


Public Personalities Against AIDS Trust

Queensland Positive People

Registered Nurses' Association of Ontartio

Santamaria Fundación

Scarlet Alliance , the Australian Sex Workers Association

School of Public Health and Family Medicine, University of Cape Town

Sero-stigma & Empowerment Resource Organization (SERO)

Society Against Sexual Orientation Discrimination (SASOD)

St. Stephen's Community House

Stella, l'amie de Maimie

Tanzania Network of Women living with HIV and AIDS (TNW+)

Toronto HIV/AIDS Network (THN)

Toronto People With AIDS Foundation

University Research Chair in Forensic Nursing, School of Nursing , Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Ottawa

Victoria AIDS Resource & Community Service Society



Women and Law In Southern Africa Research and Education Trust


Contact:Janet Butler-McPhee
Director of Communications, Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network
Telephone: +1 416 595-1666 ext. 228,


About the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network
Since 1992, the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network ( ) has been promoting the human rights of people living with and vulnerable to HIV/AIDS, in Canada and internationally, through research, legal and policy analysis, education, and community mobilization.  The Legal Network is Canada 's leading advocacy organization working on the legal and human rights issues raised by HIV/AIDS.

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