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New Issue Of ‘Global Fund News Flash’ Available Online

Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria: Global Fund News Flash Issue 43 of the Global Fund News Flash reports from a regional workshop for South and East Asia on the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria’s new funding model. A few participants share their insights on…

Bill To Make LGBT Rights Foreign Policy Priority Introduced In U.S. Congress

Inter Press Service: U.S. Looking to Make LGBT Rights a Foreign Policy Priority “New legislation has been introduced in the U.S. Congress that would make the rights of sexual minorities a foreign policy priority for the United States. The bill, called the International Human Rights Defense Act, would direct U.S.…

World Bank Should Consider LGBT Rights Before Approving Countries’ Loans

Project Syndicate: The Development Costs of Homophobia Adebisi Alimi, an LGBT advocate and HIV activist, and a 2014 Aspen New Voices Fellow at the Aspen Institute “…This year, Nigeria and Uganda put in place draconian anti-gay laws, sparking a worldwide debate about human rights. This debate has also started at…

Sen. Markey Introduces International Human Rights Defense Act

Blogs discuss Sen. Edward Markey’s (D-Mass.) introduction in the Senate of the International Human Rights Defense Act (.pdf), which would make LGBT rights a U.S. foreign policy priority. RH Reality Check: The Right to Dignity: Prioritizing LGBTQ Human Rights in U.S. Foreign Policy M.A. Keifer of Advocates for Youth notes,…

Ugandan Foreign Minister To Be Next U.N. General Assembly President

New York Times: Ugandan Official to Be Next General Assembly Chief “The United Nations General Assembly chose Sam Kutesa, Uganda’s foreign minister, as its next president on Wednesday, bypassing concerns of rights advocates and Western officials over Uganda’s law criminalizing homosexuality, which took effect four months ago…” (Gladstone, 6/11).

Poor Quality Condoms Could Undermine HIV Prevention Work In Vietnam

IRIN: Vietnam’s counterfeit condom crisis “A new report warning that nearly half of the commercially available condoms in Vietnam are of poor quality has health officials worried the country’s tenuous gains in safer sex habits could be at risk…” (6/9).

Letter Asks U.N. SG Not To Appoint Ugandan Official As Head Of General Assembly

Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks”: With Uganda foreign minister set to lead United Nations General Assembly, human rights, HIV treatment advocates urge action Antigone Barton, writer and editor of “Science Speaks” and senior communications officer at the Center for Global Health Policy, discusses an open letter addressed to…

Protests Surround Firing Of HIV Expert At Jamaican University

Associated Press/Washington Post: Protest over Jamaica university firing AIDS doctor “Religious activists, students, and colleagues gathered outside Jamaica’s biggest university Monday to protest the firing of an HIV expert who testified on behalf of church groups defending an anti-sodomy law…” (McFadden, 5/26).