Friday, January 14, 2011
Kim Thuy Seelinger of the Center for Gender and Refugee Studies has published an article titled, "Violence Against Women and HIV Control in Uganda: A Paradox of Protection?," 33 Hastings Int'l and Comp. L. Rev. 345 (Summer 2010). Her prescriptions are mixed, and somewhat surprising. She concludes that, "if enforced meaningfully," legislation aimed at gender-based violence may serve to prevent HIV infection. On the other hand, the HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control Bill, "in its current form," may actually be counter-productive.
Kim Thuy Seelinger of the Center for Gender and Refugee Studies has published an article called, "Forced Marriage and Asylum: Perceiving the Invisible Harm," 42 Colum. Human Rts. L. Rev. 55 (Fall 2010). In it, Kim notes that forced marriage as persecution has largely gone unaddressed. In reality, however, she says "such marriages deprive countless women of the fundamental right to freely consent to marriage, and are frequently accompanied by myriad forms of physical and non-physical abuse. As such, forced marriage should be considered a form of persecution under international and domestic refugee law."