The Torturer’s Fist Or The Healer’s Hand? New Report Assesses HIV And The Law | ThinkProgress

The report acknowledges that the practice of writing, passing, and enforcing laws can seem abstract and distant. But as many people living with HIV know all too well, the law is neither abstract nor distant; it directly shapes the circumstances in which people live their daily lives, and it too often hurts more than it helps.

The authors of the report, who include U.S. Representative Barbara Lee, the most pro-LGBT member of Congress, describe being frequently overwhelmed by how “archaic, insensitive laws are violating human rights, challenging rational public health responses, and eroding social fabric.” The commission heard from more than 1,000 people in over 140 countries, including many of the 78 countries that criminalize homosexuality and many countries with laws that prohibit and punish gender nonconformity.

via The Torturer’s Fist Or The Healer’s Hand? New Report Assesses HIV And The Law | ThinkProgress.

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