Managing the Risk of Human Rights Violations in Global Fund-Supported Programs

The Global Fund
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A workshop was recently held in Geneva that brought together leading experts in health and human rights, technical partners, representatives of networks of key populations and people living with HIV, donors, grant recipients, civil society organizations, scholars and Global Fund board members and staff. Recommendations contained in the workshop report centred around the need for better management of the risks of human rights violations in Global Fund programs, including the urgent need to stop any funding going to health programs in rehabilitation and detention centres for any key population.

Some of the key recommendations related to key populations in the report:

  • Create a Global Fund policy on not funding programs in drug detention centres, as well as sex worker and LGBT "rehabilitation" programs
  • Consider speaking out publically on issues of human rights violations and the need to protect key populations from these
  • Issue policy statements in line with recommendations of the Global Commission on HIV and the Law, including on the areas of treatment access and intellectual property
  • Increase the human rights capacity and expertise on the Technical Review Panel
  • Review concept notes to check they are in line with international standards for rights-based HIV programming
  • Develop operational guidance to address human rights and include clear guidance on what types of programmes constitute human rights violations and the process for redress should rights violation take place by grantees
  • Increase funding for data collection and support community-based organisations to gather data (we need data to make the investment case for key populations and this must be collected in partnership with the community to avoid rights-violating data gathering practices)
  • Work with key population networks and other civil society groups to coordinate investigations and complaints into human rights violations

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