Improving law enforcement

Improving law enforcement

Ensuring appropriate law enforcement practices protect people living with and affected by HIV, TB and malaria, including key populations from abuse, harassment, illegal detention, involuntary testing, denial of health care, confiscation of needles, syringes and condoms. Recommended programmatic activities include:

  • Sensitizing police and other law enforcement officials on HIV transmission, human rights and engagement of populations, including key populations, and the negative public health impact of harsh police activity
  • Facilitated discussions and negotiations among service providers and law enforcement officials to address practices that impede on public health and access to services
  • Development of codes of conduct for police
  • HIV workplace policies and programmes for law enforcement officials, and
  • Engagement of lawmakers and personnel in health and justice ministries with regard to law enforcement practices.
Case Study: Working with the police in Thailand

In Thailand, police training has been implemented through a partnership between the Royal Thai Police, Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Public Health, Foundation for AIDS Rights and UNDP. Since 2013, the Innovative Learning Programme on HIV and Human Rights in the Context of Law Enforcement has sensitized police to issues concerning human rights, people living with HIV and key populations.

Review of Country Progress in Addressing Legal and Policy Barriers to Universal Access to HIV services in Asia and the Pacific
Critical Enablers Section