Community advocates and activists in Ontario have been campaigning for years to get the Ontario government to develop prosecutorial guidelines for criminal cases of alleged HIV non-disclosure. We need these guidelines to rein in Crown Prosecutors (and by extension police and the courts). If properly drafted, guidelines can help to restrict the unjust and overbroad use of the criminal law against people living with HIV. The good news-the government has announced it is developing guidelines. The really, really bad news-the government has said that they have no intention of consulting with community about what should go into the guidelines.
The Ontario Working Group on Criminal Law and HIV Exposure (CLHE), has been leading the campaign for prosecutorial guidelines. CLHE has posted a petition on its website … to try and force the Ontario Attorney General to consult with CLHE about the content of the guidelines. CLHE urgently needs your support.
Please sign the petition today.