Bertrand Audoin

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The recent murders of Dwayne Jones, a transgender teenager in Jamaica, and Eric Ohena Lembembe, a gay activist in Cameroon, as well as the global outcry over Russia’s anti-gay legislation have rightly attracted international attention as gross violations of human rights.

While the debate about gay rights in the West has shifted to the rights of same sex couples to marry, these recent events bring back to light the cruel reality that in many countries people who are openly homosexual or suspected of being homosexual are still being thrown in jail for years or even facing death sentences. It beggars belief that in sub-Saharan Africa homosexuality remains illegal in 38 countries.…  Seguir leyendo »

It is common knowledge that illicit drug use in the Russian Federation has reached critical proportions. It is also common knowledge that people who use drugs are among those most at-risk of infection with H.I.V. And it is common knowledge that since the beginning of the H.I.V./AIDS epidemic three decades ago simple tools such as Medication Assisted Therapy (methadone, buprenorphine) and clean needle-exchange services have proven very effective in decreasing drug abuse and reducing risk of infection with H.I.V., Hepatitis C and other diseases.

So why has this evidence had so little impact on the policies and programs of the Russian Federation?…  Seguir leyendo »