All posts filed under: Crime

Misinformation on HIV transmission from Mirror, MEN, and GMP

Both the Mirror and the Manchester Evening News have published outrageously misinformed reports regarding a charity worker facing an anxious New Year as she waits for tests results to find out if she has contracted the disease after being assaulted on Tuesday night. —Manchester Evening News The two stories have similar headlines: Charity worker spat at by HIV-positive homeless man vows to carry on volunteering and Charity worker waits for test results after HIV-positive homeless man spat in her face However, I am sure the journalists involved (Beth Abbit and John Kelly) will simply say that they were reporting the story as told to them. However, I am equally sure that they would be aiming to abide by the code of conduct of the NUJ (regardless of whether they are members of not). This code of conduct states that A journalist: At all times upholds and defends the principle of media freedom, the right of freedom of expression and the right of the public to be informed. Strives to ensure that information disseminated is honestly conveyed, accurate and fair. Does her/his …

When you hear of a cure for HIV from a church… get worried.

Reports have reached me of a church holding an event in Dublin this weekend promoting its super “cure”. Pink News has an article about it. Having this article, I had a look at the Genesis II Church website and was scared that they are seriously proposing that the International Red Cross Treat the victims of Malaria who are dying throughout the world. If the reports from the US and the UK are true… this so-called cure is actually industrial bleach. Hardly something that you would want to be drinking or having an enema with.

Slavery in our own time – disturbing phenomenon

Slavery in its contemporary guise is not always to recognise: a conference in London today reminds us that we may encounter the phenomenon in daily life without knowing it. The Trust Women conference, attended by campaigners from all over the world, is drawing attention to a disturbing global problem. As women’s rights advocate Monique Villa points out, modern slaves can work in nail bars or hotels. She suggests that the numbers held in effective bondage today worldwide is perhaps 30 million – an astonishing figure. They include victims of human trafficking and domestic servitude and a large percentage of them are women.”—Editorial, Evening Standard, December 3, 2013.  

Ruins: Chronicle of an HIV witch-hunt

A new documentary produced by radiobubble about the 2012 arrests called “Ruins: Chronicle of an HIV witch-hunt,” is due for release this September. It features interviews by women who were arrested and their families. The film above is a trailer. The video follows women who were arrested and force-tested for HIV under a law that has subsequently been done away with – but has been brought back very recently after a Cabinet reshuffle in Greece. The original arrests were condemned by Amnesty, Human Rights Watch, UNAIDS, and the European AIDS Treatment Group. I am shocked that having repealed the law, the Greek government has now reintroduced this. I hope that readers of this blog in the United Kingdom will write to the Greek Ambassador, Konstantinos Bikas, in London to register a protest. The address is: HIs Excellency the Ambassador of the Hellenic Republic 1 a Holland Park LONDON W11 3TP United Kingdom Further contact details can be found on the Greek Embassy’s website. (mfa.gr) Readers in other countries can find the contact details for the Greek Mission …

240 hours community service for HIV cure fraudster

I am very pleased that someone trying to make a quick buck out of vulnerable people who are living with HIV and who are looking for a quick cure has been convicted in the Courts and will now have to pay for his crimes. Today in the first ever prosecution of its kind for the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), an asylum seeker from Zimbabwe was sentenced to 240 hours community service and ordered to pay over £947.36 costs for selling ineffective medical devices over the internet that he claimed cured and killed HIV/AIDS. Admare Jinga (aged 31) was charged under section 2 of the Fraud Act 2006 for claiming to supply a medicine through his company Savec Health Systems Ltd. Having previously pleaded guilty to the sale and supply of an unlicensed medicine, he was convicted of the Fraud Act offence at a trial on 11 June 2013. The machine was a tens machine used for pain relief, transmitting an electric current to stimulate the nerves. The product contained weights and the …

Is the PSNI involved in a gay witch-hunt alongside colleagues in Manchester and Northumbria?

Imagine that you have been convicted of having sex with your partner. Not of rape, just of having normal, loving sexual intercourse. That couldn’t happen in today’s UK could it? And you would be correct that it would be difficult for a charge on that basis to be made against you. But, up until 2003 it was possible, for it was only then that the former offence of ‘gross indecency’ was repealed. Now under the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012 it will be possible for men (in England and Wales) convicted of or cautioned for that offence, to have it disregarded which will mean that they will “by virtue of s 96, … be treated in law as if [they] had not committed the offence or been subject to any legal proceedings in respect of the offence”1 It has been reported that two police forces in England have been visiting men convicted of such offences to obtain DNA samples from them using powers under the Crime and Security Act 2010. These powers are lumping victimless crimes …