EUROPEAN HIV LEGAL FORUM
Αn initiative of AIDS Action Europe
In 2012 AIDS Action Europe developed the first steps of a new initiative: the creation of the European HIV Legal Forum. This initiative is the implementation of the recommendations given by the European Best Practice Seminar on Legislation and Judicial Issues in relation to HIV/AIDS, a seminar that was co-organized in 2007 by AIDS Action Europe and the National AIDS Trust (NAT). This created a growing interest on the part of the Steering Committee and its network to inform each other and take joint action on legal issues related to HIV.
The European HIV Legal Forum aims to provide a field for collaboration of legal and policy experts and also to advise and act in cases where the human rights of people living with HIV and vulnerable groups are threatened.
The Forum piloted its work with the participation of network members of AIDS Action Europe from five countries: Switzerland, Italy, United Kingdom, the Netherlands and Hungary. With the use of a questionnaire the partners recorded a number of issues related to poor access to health systems and problems that derive from the medical assurance systems and at the same time detected migrants without legal documents and mobile populations living with HIV as key vulnerable groups.
Guided by the findings of this pilot, the implementation of the basic program started with the expansion in five other countries: Greece, France, Germany, Poland and Serbia. The objectives of the program are divided into three themes, focusing on migrant and mobile populations: a) to review and monitor HIV-related legislation at a local, regional and European level and to produce of primary comparative legal intelligence b) to record available legal resources and experts throughout the region in order to create a sustainable network of support and empowerment and c) the production and dissemination of a body of sources of best practices and tools for effective advocacy.
PRAKSIS is participating in the program as a national focal point for Greece and has an active role in shaping the project’s framework. This program is implemented by the advocacy department of the organization.