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SECTION27: Making Rights Real

Watch a new documentary about law and social justice

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.

It is a valuable introduction to SECTION27’s work for lawyers and social justice activists in South Africa and other developing countries. It looks at successful legal cases where the ALP (and then later SECTION27) fought for prisoners’ rights to antiretroviral treatment and employees’ rights to non-discrimination on the basis of HIV status. It shows how law and social mobilisation can effectively be combined. It reflects on the politics of AIDS denialism in South Africa under former President Mbeki’s administration and SECTION27’s current relationship with the Health Minister and his national department.

In addition it includes a range of informative commentaries on human rights and law from people such as Arthur Chaskalson (a former Chief Justice of South Africa), Vuyiseka Dubula (chairperson of SECTION27 and General-Secretary of the Treatment Action Campaign), Precious Matsoso (Director-General of the national Department of Health) and Bernadette Devlin McAliskey (renowned civil rights campaigner from Northern Ireland).

The 30-minute film is made by the award-winning media outfit Community Media Trust (www.cmt.org.za), whose films include “A Country for my Daughter” and the soon-to-be-released history of TAC entitled “Taking HAART!”

For copies of the film write to info@section27.org.za