Politics and Society: December 2015

December 2, 2015 in General

Manila: US Marine Joe Pemberton has been found guilty of the murder of Filipina transwoman Jennifer Laude and will serve a six to eight year sentence. The issue has galvanised Filipino anti-imperialist groups against the costs of long-term US military presence within the Philippines.

London: Transwoman Joanne Latham has become the second UK transwoman to die in unsafe gender-inappropriate correctional facilities after committing suicide. Latham (38) was held in Her Majestys Prison Woodhill, a male prison. She is the second transwoman prisoner to commit suicide within a gender-inappropriate facility after the tragic death of Vicki Thompson (21) last month.

Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news

London:  UK Prime Minister David Cameron and US President Barack Obama have pledged their support for the United Nation’s goal to end the HIV and AIDS epidemic by 2030. In a video posted on Twitter as part of World AIDS Day, Cameron said: “With incredible medical advances, those diagnosed early can expect to live as long as someone without the disease. That progress is remarkable, but there are still problems we need to tackle.

“Alongside access to good quality services, there is another big solution: education. Educating people about how to protect themselves. Educating them about the realities of HIV and AIDS. Busting the myths that lead to people being discriminated against.”  Cameron makes reference to a report released by Public Health England which found over 6,000 people in Britain were diagnosed with the virus in 2014.

He continued: “The United Nations have a goal to end the AIDS epidemic by 2030. That means no new infections, no discrimination and no AIDS-related deaths. In our lifetime, we’ve seen HIV and AIDS go from a death sentence to a manageable condition. I want us to see a day where this epidemic ends, once and for all.”

U S President Barack Obama also released a statement, highlighting the importance of continued work to tackle HIV and AIDS.

He wrote: “We cannot achieve an AIDS-free generation without addressing the pervasive presence of HIV throughout the world, which is why our Nation is committed to achieving the goals laid out in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development to reach more people living with HIV, promote global health, and end the AIDS epidemic. On this day, let us pay tribute to those whom HIV/AIDS took from us too soon, and let us recognise those who continue to fight for a world free from AIDS. Let us also recognise researchers, providers, and advocates, who work each day on behalf of people living with HIV, and in honour of the precious lives we have lost to HIV.Together, we can forge a future in which no person — here in America or anywhere in our world — knows the pain or stigma caused by HIV/AIDS.”

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 Belfast:  Northern Ireland’s attorney general has insisted that same-sex marriage remains a matter for the devolved assembly – even though progress on the issue continues to be blocked. Same-sex marriage is legal in England, Scotland, Wales and the Republic of Ireland – but Northern Ireland’s DUP has used peace powers to veto the issue despite a parliamentary majority in favour. A marriage bill was passed last month by a vote of 53-52, only for the party to override the assembly using a ‘petition of concern’.

Source: http://www.pinknews.co.uk