Consultation on Human Rights in the HIV response

Promoting human rights in HIV response: Regional and subregional strategies and best practices
12-13 February 2019, Room XII, Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland

This consultation will discuss all relevant issues and challenges pertaining to respect for and the protection and fulfilment of human rights in the context of the response to HIV, with a focus on regional and subregional strategies and best practices.

The consultation will explore the current setting in the HIV response towards ending AIDS by 2030, exploring particularly human rights in the HIV response, challenges and opportunities. Following the mandate of resolution 38/8 from the Human Rights Council, the consultation will also discuss how to improve human rights in HIV response through regional and subregional strategies. In order to ensure human rights to and through health are upheld in the HIV response, the consultation will also consider regional accountability mechanisms.

Finally, the consultation will also address how to best deliver on leaving no one behind, particularly in addressing stigma, discrimination, violence and abuse. Following the consultation, OHCHR will prepare a report on its outcome, identifying regional and subregional strategies and best practices to promote human rights in the HIV response.

Documents of the meeting

High-level opening:

  • Ms. Kate Gilmore, United Nations Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights, OHCHR
  • Mr. Rico Gustav, Executive Director, Global Network of People Living with HIV
  • H.E. Ms. Maria Nazareth Farani Azevêdo, Permanent Representative of Brazil
  • Mr. Tim Martineau, Deputy Executive Director a.i., UNAIDS
  • Dr. Ren Mingui, Assistant Director-General for Communicable Diseases, WHO


  • Dr. Dainius Pūras, Special Rapporteur on the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health
  • Mr. Victor Madrigal-Borloz, Independent Expert on sexual orientation and gender identity
  • Ms. Suzanne Aho Assouma, member of the Committee on the Rights of the Child
  • Ms. Lucy Asuagbor, Commissioner of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights
  • Mr. Patricio Pazmiño Freire, Judge of the Interamerican Court of Human Rights
  • Dr. Stefan Baral, Johns Hopkins University
  • Ms. Michaela Clayton, Director, AIDS and Rights Alliance for Southern Africa
  • Mr. Bikas Gurung, Asian Network of People who use drugs (ANPUD)
  • Mr. Ralf Jurgens, Senior Coordinator, Human Rights, The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria
  • Ms. Eszter Kismodi, Reproductive Health Matters
  • Ms. Ruth Morgan Thomas, Global Coordinator, Global Network of Sex Work Projects
  • Mr. Evghenii Alexandrovici Goloşceapov, Member of the Council for Preventing and Eliminating Discrimination and Ensuring Equality, Republic of Moldova
  • Ms. Marcela Romero, Regional Coordinator, REDLACTRANS
  • Ms. Annah Sango-Page, Zimbabwe Young Positives
  • Ms. Boemo Mmandu Sekgoma, Secretary General (ai), SADC parliamentary Forum
  • Mr. Omar Syarif, Global Network of People Living with HIV (GNP+)
  • Dr. Olusegun Odumosu, African Men for Sexual Health & Rights
  • Mr. Adeolu Ogunrombi, Project Coordinator of YouthRISE Nigeria and West African Countries


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