SECTION27 is a public interest law centre that seeks to influence, develop and use the law to protect, promote and advance human rights. Our name is drawn from the section in the South African Constitution which enshrines everyone's right to health care, food, water and social security.
On 18 July 2011, the Constitutional Court heard argument in the matter concerning the President’s recent extension of the Chief Justice’s term of office (set to expire at midnight on 14 August 2011). As set out in our last newsletter, SECTION27 acted on behalf of the National Association of Democratic Lawyers (NADEL), which was admitted as amicus curiae (“friend of the court”).
The recently published “i-Base and TAG 2011 Pipeline Report makes clear, medically, the prospect for people with HIV, hepatitis C virus (HCV), and tuberculosis (TB) to live long and healthy lives – and in the cases of HCV and TB, to be cured rapidly with safe, effective, oral combination therapy – have never been better.
SECTION27, which was launched in May 2010, incorporates the AIDS Law Project (ALP), an organisation which for nearly a decade and a half pioneered litigation and advocacy regarding the rights of people living with HIV. In this new documentary three of the founders of SECTION27 – Mark Heywood, Adila Hassim and Jonathan Berger – talk about how law can and has been used to advance campaigns for the right to health and social justice more broadly.