HIV/AIDS and the Security Sector in Africa

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Throughout history, communicable diseases have weakened the capacity of state institutions to perform core security functions, which compelled many African countries to initiate policies aimed at addressing the impact of HIV/AIDS on the armed forces, police and prisons. These policies address: 1) the role of peacekeepers in the spread or control of HIV, 2) public health versus human rights dilemma, 3) the gender dimensions of HIV in the armed forces, and 4) the impact of HIV on the police and prisons. While this volume does not address all aspects of the impact of HIV/AIDS on the security sector, the contributors nonetheless highlight the potentials and limits of existing policies in Africa’s security sector.



Rape and HIV/AIDS as weapons of war: Human rights and health issues in post-conflict societies

In the one hundred days of genocide that ravaged the small Central African nation of Rwanda . . . , an estimated 250,000 to 500,000 women and girls were raped . . . [R]ape was the rule, its absence the exception. Sexual violence occurred everywhere, and no one was spared. (Anne-Marie de Brouwer and Sandra Ka Hon Chu)


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