Member of Parliament to Discuss Legal Aspects of HIV Prevention

16 Feb 2011

Representatives from all five fractions of the Kyrgyz Parliament will discuss the latest data on HIV, as well as analysis of legislation in the sphere of HIV prevention.

Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan – Parliamentarians will learn about the instruments and approaches used to analyze adherence of the legislation on HIV, gender and drug use to international legal standards during the February 16 seminar in Hyatt Regency Hotel.

The seminar is organized by the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), UNDP Programme on AIDS, and aims at helping new members of Jogorku Kenesh (Parliament) to conduct independent assessment of legislative initiatives on their gender and HIV sensitivity. Comprehensive legislative analysis is necessary to maintain commitment of the Kyrgyz Republic to international rule of law and keep institutional memory in the sphere of the national response to AIDS pandemic.

“The Kyrgyz Republic has been one of the leaders in post-Soviet space in implementation of the programmes to overcome HIV infection,” Larisa Bashmakova, Manager of the UNDP Programme “Support to the Government in Response to HIV in the Kyrgyz Republic” says. “Close cooperation with parliamentarians will help us to advance these programmes further.”

Monitoring and evaluation skills gained during the seminar will be useful to the deputies in examination of various legislative bills in all other spheres.

Legislation of the Kyrgyz Republic in the sphere of gender rights, HIV prevention, drug use and harm reduction programmes is considered to be one of the most progressive in CIS. Despite visible success, however, laws require systematic improvement to form adequate basis for timely HIV prevention actions.

“Response measures to HIV/AIDS with human rights approach form legal and ethical basis for equal access to HIV prevention and treatment programmes,” Damira Bibosunova, UNAIDS Country Officer said.

Since 1997, every five years the country develops State Programme to prevent HIV and its socio-economic consequences, which is implemented by all key ministries, state agencies and civil society. Second Law on HIV/AIDS was adopted in Kyrgyzstan in 2005. It determines legal ways to prevent HIV infection and guarantee human rights.

Despite some challenges in implementation of laws, preserving commitment and political will to support progressive legislation is important in further country development. The Kyrgyz Republic needs to strengthen protection of people, living with HIV, and other vulnerable groups against discrimination and stigma, broaden HIV prevention, treatment, care and support programmes, and develop working mechanisms to reduce vulnerability of women and children to HIV infection.

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