This document provides a brief background on human rights and HIV. It approaches the topic of human rights through three categories: accountability, advocacy, and approaches to programming. It discusses various human rights documents related to HIV and how accountability is approached for each, discusses advocacy efforts, and outlines what a rights-based approach to HIV/AIDS means. Throughout the document, examples are provided demonstrating successful advocacy efforts and human right-based approaches to HIV/AIDS issues that have yielded positive results. It also includes links to key resources for those looking to understand the human rights framework and interpretations of human rights law and those seeking advocacy tools.
The Center for HIV Law and Policy challenges barriers to the rights and health of people affected by HIV through legal advocacy, high-impact policy initiatives, and creation of cross-issue partnerships, networks and resources. We support movement building that amplifies the power of individuals and communities to mobilize for change that is rooted in racial, gender and economic justice.