Legal and Policy Perspectives on HIV and Human Rights in the Caribbean: Papers from a Symposium at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill, Septe

Legal and Policy Perspectives on HIV and Human Rights in the Caribbean: Papers from a Symposium at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill, Septe

By: Rose-Marie Antoine (editor), Sir George Alleyne (editor)Paperback

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"The papers assembled in this offering are the outcome of a path-breaking symposium on HIV and Human Rights organised by the University of the West Indies Cave Hill, in partnership with Pan Caribbean Partnership against HIV/AIDS (PANCAP) and The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS). An impressive gathering of international agencies, the judiciary, human rights experts, lawyers, NGO's, academics, activists, business persons, union representatives, politicians and persons living with HIV together discussed their concerns about stigma, discrimination and the denial of rights. It was clear at the end of the Symposium that HIV attracts a wide variety of human rights abuses. However, identifying the best means to address these can be controversial, as illustrated in the book. Is it through Constitutions and their provisions guaranteeing human rights generally? Or should redress be sought through the courts, or ordinary legislation? The urgency of the matter perhaps makes the latter a more attractive approach. The book also illustrates clearly the social and legal issues faced by the protagonists in the HIV challenge and considers the viewpoints of the policy makers, who must not only encourage new, more 'rights' sensitive laws, but also counter societal prejudices which would mitigate against such transformational initiatives. Moreover, the influences of the international community, also represented in the work, must be harnessed. This then, is a diverse text, which considers the troubling, topical and important issue of HIV from a variety of angles and provides a significant contribution to the literature on the subject."

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Sir George Alleyne , a native of Barbados, became Director of the Pan American Sanitary Bureau (PASB), Regional Office of the World Health Organization (WHO) on 1 February 1995 and completed a second four-year term on 31 January 2003. In 2003 he was elected Director Emeritus of the PASB. From February 2003 until December 2010 he was the UN Secretary General's Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in the Caribbean. In October 2003 he was appointed Chancellor of the University of the West Indies. He currently holds an Adjunct professorship on the Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Alleyne has received numerous awards in recognition of his work, including prestigious decorations and national honours from many countries of the Americas. In 1990, he was made Knight Bachelor by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II for his services to Medicine. In 2001, he was awarded the Order of the Caribbean Community, the highest honor that can be conferred on a Caribbean national. Rose-Marie Antoine holds the Chair as Professor of Labour Law and Offshore Financial Law at the University of the West Indies, is a Commissioner on the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, Washington and an attorney. She is an award winning author who has written several books and serves as a legal consultant to international organisations and governments, influencing policy and legal reform in diverse subjects, including HIV. Antoine obtained her doctorate as an Oxford Commonwealth Scholar and an LLM as the Cambridge Pegasus Scholar. She also holds a diploma in Human Rights from the International Institute on Human Rights, Strasbourg.

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  • publication date: 30/05/2013
  • ISBN13: 9789766403140
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 248
  • ID: 9789766403140
  • weight: 295
  • ISBN10: 9766403147

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