Building local, national, & international activism

AIDS and Human Rights Groups Call on Botswana Government to Grant Access to Treatment for MDR TB Patient in Prison

The AIDS and Rights Alliance for Southern Africa (ARASA), the Treatment Action Campaign, the AIDS Law Project, the Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa and the HIV Collaborative Fund call on the Government of Botswana to urgently grant access to treatment for multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR TB) patient Mthandazo Sibanda, who is being held in a […]

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HIV is a virus, not a crime: Criminal statutes and criminal prosecutions – help or hindrance?

This is a presentation by Judge Edwin Cameron at the International AIDS Conference in Mexico City. He presents ten reasons why criminalisation of HIV transmission is a bad idea. XVII International AIDS Conference Mexico City Plenary session Friday 8 August 2008 09h00 HIV is a virus, not a crime: Criminal statutes and criminal prosecutions – […]

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Scaling Up Antiretroviral Therapy and the Struggle for Health for All

Do you remember where you were 8 years ago? I remember it distinctly. In the summer of 2000, I was in Durban for the first -and so far only – international AIDS conference held on African soil. There are many unkind things said about these events, but those few days in South Africa changed the […]

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TAC Launches Litigation on Behalf of Persons Displaced by Xenophobic Violence in the Western Cape

TAC has launched a court action on behalf of people who have displaced by xenophobic violence. Papers for Hirsi and TAC v Provincial Government, City of Cape Town and Government of RSA were filed on Tuesday, 29 July 2008 in the High Court of South Africa, Cape of Good Hope Provincial Division. The court case […]

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In defence of rational AIDS activism: How the irrationality of Act Up Paris and others is risking the health of people with HIV

TAC Treasurer Nathan Geffen and ARASA’s former Regional Treatment Literacy Coordinator Gregg Gonsalves have recently co-authored an article describing the irrational actions of Act Up-Paris and some other organisations in recent years. Geffen and Gonsalves argue that the irrationality of these groups threatens the development of new treatment and prevention technologies for people with HIV […]

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Report on displaced people in the Western Cape

TAC, the AIDS Law Project (ALP) and other civil society organisations have published a detailed report of conditions in the refugee camps and places of shelter for displaced people in the Western Cape. The report was completed on 18 July and updated on 21 July. Download the report. TAC, the AIDS Law Project (ALP) and […]

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Support the people of Zimbabwe and fight xenophobia

The Social Justice Coalition made up of the diverse people of South Africa held a meeting on Wednesday 25 June 2007 to demonstrate their solidarity with victims of rights abuses in Zimbabwe and those of xenophobic attacks. This is part of the launch of the Social Justice Coalition, highlighting the continuing political crisis in Zimbabwe […]

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Report on panel discussion on violence, xenophobia and camps in Gauteng and Western Cape

A panel discussion was held on Tuesday 24 June at the AIDS Law Project offices in Cape Town. The subject of the discussion was “Taking Stock: Violence, xenophobia and camps: Where to from here?” Panellists included Sharon Ekambaram, General Director of Médecins Sans Frontières South Africa based in Johannesburg, Mohammad Hirsi, refugee representative, Zackie Achmat […]

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TAC members and displaced people protest outside Western Cape Provincial Government Building

About 400 people including TAC members and displaced refugees delivered a  memorandum to the Western Cape Provincial Government today. Immediately following the xenophobic attacks in the Western Cape in May 2008, thousands of displaced foreign nationals sought shelter and safety in more than 85 sites across Cape Town. Some were cared for by faith-based organizations, […]

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Public Launch of the Social Justice Coalition

As a response to the recent attacks on foreign nationals in Western Cape, individuals from all walks of life have been mobilised in providing humanitarian relief. Lack of faith in the government, city, big business and even civil society has led us to respond individually and voluntarily. The Social Justice Coalition (SJC) is an independent […]

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Call for papers for upcoming conference: TAC’s impact in its first decade and challenges for the future

Authors are invited to submit abstracts (maximum 300 words) on any topic related to the conference theme: TAC’s impact in its first decade and challenges for the future. The conference will be convened in Cape Town 8-9 December 2008 . The organisers intend publishing a volume of the best papers from the conference during the […]

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Plea by Andrew Feinstein to Mayor Helen Zille

I watched from a distance as the xenophobic violence unfolded in South Africa. At first, I was ashamed – Is this what our young democracy has become? My shame evolved to anger as the utter lack of leadership and inadequate government response further exacerbated the situation. However, amid these feelings of disgust, I also felt […]

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Caledon Square Group of Refugees have no shelter from today

As of today, TAC and the Cape Town Jewish Community are unable to continue raising money to pay for the accommodation of the group known as the Caledon Square refugees (because they originally spent 3 days sleeping outside Caledon Square Police Station). This is after all the responsibility of the state not civil society or […]

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Lusikisiki releases it first district newsletter

TAC Lusikisiki has launched the first edition of “Izwi Labantu” (Voice of the People), its quarterly district newsletter. The publication is edited by Tandeka Vinjwa, a Media Literacy Practitioner at TAC’s Lusikisiki office. This edition focuses primarily on rape and gender-based violence to coincide with the District’s June GBV campaign, but it also features articles […]

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Shattered Myths: The xenophobic violence in South Africa

On Thursday 22 May, Cape Town changed forever. The xenophobic violence that started 1,200 kilometres away in Gauteng spread to Du Noon township. On Friday the TAC offices began to get reports of violence on trains and Somali shops being looted. The details were scanty, but by Friday evening the consequences became visible even in […]

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