Rwanda NGOs Forum on HIV/AIDS participated in a symposium organized by Great Lakes Initiative for Human Rights and Development (GLIHD)

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On Thursday 8th and Friday 9th November 2018 at UMUBANO MARASA Hotel, Rwanda NGOs Forum on HIV/AIDS participated in a symposium organized by Great Lakes Initiative for Human Rights and Development (GLIHD) in collaboration with Rwanda Biomedical Center (RBC) and UNAIDS organized a High-Level Symposium on Capacity Building of Law Enforcement officers on the linkage between GBV, HIV and Legal Protection to Advance Fast Track Agenda for Ending AIDS. The meeting brought together participants from different Ministries , UN agencies and other relevant organs including the judiciary, Prosecution, National Police, Rwanda Investigation Bureau, Civil Society Organizations , Media and Key Populations and Networks of PLWHIV.

The overall objective of the symposium was to substantiate the linkages between AIDS epidemic , GBV and Human Rights which would include bringing together several relevant stakeholders working around human rights, health and GBV for them to understand the linkages and discuss on actionable recommendations.

The symposium embarked on in-depth discussions regarding:

  • Human Rights Principles in the Protection of PLWHIV/ Key Populations under the UN System
  • Legal Framework on the legal protection of PLWHIV/Key Populations in Rwanda
  • The status of the AIDS epidemic and response in Rwanda
  • Linkages between HIV/AIDS, GBV and Human Rights decisions from courts on HIV/AIDS , GBV and Human Rights
  • CSO engagement in advocacy and delivery of HIV services to key populations
  • The role of Law enforcement agencies in the protection of PLWHIV and Key Populations
  • The role of Parliamentarians in realizing the right to health and ending AIDS: The historic resolution of the Pan Resolution of the Pan African Parliament.