The UNDP is supporting the DRC in its fight against HIV/AIDS by helping it to improve its legal environment, and by reinforcing civil society capabilities.

Jul 23, 2014

The official launch of the ‘Support project for the improvement of the legal environment and for the reinforcement of the capabilities of civil society organisations in the areas of Law and HIV/AIDS’.

This project aims to contribute to the fight against the stigmatisation of, and discrimination against, PLWHAs and key populations within DRC.Under the supervision of the Minister of Justice and Human Rights, the UNDP is fully financing a USD 82,145 project which seeks to establish a favourable legal environment for People Living With HIV/AIDS (‘PLWHAs’) and people affected by the disease.

This project, with a duration of 7 months, is named the ‘Support project for the improvement of the legal environment and for the reinforcement of the capabilities of civil society organisations in the areas of Law and HIV/AIDS’. It will be implemented by the UNDP, the Multi-Sector AIDS Commission (PNMLS), the Congolese Union of PLWHA Organisations (UCOP+) and the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS).

This project follows on from the recommendations of the National Dialogue on HIV/AIDS and human rights, held in Kinshasa in November 2013. In concrete terms, the project will, particularly through training sessions, contribute to the development of a favourable legal environment by fighting against the discrimination and stigmatisation of people infected and affected by HIV/AIDS. The media will also be drawn upon to widely broadcast these activities and to increase public awareness.

At the end of the project, 7 months from now, the follow results will be achieved:
-    10 trained experts in turn become trainers themselves: 6 in Kinshasa, 1 in Goma, 1 in Bukavu, 1 in Matadi and 1 in Lubumbashi;
-    180 magistrates, lawyers, prison guards, police officers and human rights activists trained in Law and HIV/AIDS;
-    Awareness raised among 250 Members of Parliament on laws, HIV/AIDS and human rights on the national level and in 5 provinces of the DRC (Kinshasa, Bas-Congo, South Kivu, North Kivu, and Katanga);
-    A defined intervention strategy for prison facilities;
-    An operating HIV/AIDS committee at the heart of the Ministry of Justice;
-    The text of the draft bill 08/11 on the rights of PLWHA and affected individuals made non-punitive, and presented to and adopted by parliament;
-    2 operating working groups on law and HIV/AIDS: 1 is in Kinshasa and 1 is in Lubumbashi;
-    The participation of the Minister of Justice in the Ministers of Justice Regional Conference on HIV.

Contact Information

Georges Biock: george.biock@undp.org
Erick Ngoie: erick.ngoie@undp.org

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