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Regulations Relating to Foodstuffs for Infants and Young Children, 2003

This submission comments on the Draft Regulations Relating to Foodstuffs for Infants and Young Children (“the Regulations”) published in terms of the Foodstuffs, Cosmetics and Disinfectants Act 54 of 1972.

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Comprehensive system of social security for South Africa, 2003

The ALP and TAC strongly endorse the principles underpinning the key findings and proposals made in the Report. In particular,we support the Report’s promotion of the concept of Comprehensive Social Protection (CSP) which seeks to provide the basic means for all people living in the country to effectively participate and advance in social and economic life, and in turn to contribute to social and economic development, recognising that high levels of unemployment, extreme poverty and inequality are significant barriers to sustainable growth.

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HIV/AIDS and the Law Manual

The first edition of HIV/AIDS and the Law: A Resource Manual was published in May 1997. Six years later, stigma, unfair discrimination and human rights violations against people living with HIV or AIDS remain common in our society. This is an attack on the rights of thousands of people to dignity and equality, and also a serious obstacle to effective HIV prevention, treatment and care.

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Compulsory Testing of Alleged Sexual Offenders Bill, 2003

The arguments and recommendations in this submission are based on a number of human rights and public health considerations. In particular we have focused on the following four areas: the rights of the survivor of sexual assault; the rights of the accused; theimpact of the draft bill on public health measures to limit spread of HIV; and the impact of the bill on state services for survivors of sexual assault. These are not isolated concerns, being interrelated and having an impact on each other.

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Medicines and Related Substances Amendment Bill, 2002

On 19 April 2001, the Pharmaceutical Manufacturers’ Association of South Africa (PMA) and numerous multinationalbrand-name pharmaceutical companies abandoned their legal challenge to the Medicines and Related Substances Control Amendment Act, 90 of 1997 (the Medicines AmendmentAct).

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Child Care Act Discussion Paper, 2002

In this submission, we provide support for the majority of the Commission’s recommendations and make suggestions to strengthen certain areas. We have also indicated where we recommend that further research and discussions be conducted to find appropriate solutions.

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National Health Bill, 2002

The AIDS Law Project (ALP), AIDS Consortium (Consortium) and the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) welcome the release of the draft National Health Bill (the NHB or the Bill), published for public comment on 9 November 2001, and to be tabled in Parliament later this year.

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Siyayinqoba Beat It! 2000 Episode 10 – Special Report

In this episode of Beat It! broadcast we looked at the victory for People Living with HIV/AIDS in the Constitutional Court. The court ruled that pre-employment testing was discriminatory and therefore unconstitutional.

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Regulation Relating to Communicable Diseases, 1999

On April 23rd 1999 the Minister of Health published draft Regulations to add Acquired Immune Deficiency (AIDS) and AIDS related deaths to the Schedule of Notifiable conditions. If these Regulations become law all health professionals1 will be required to:

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Siyayinqoba Beat It! 1999 Episode 7 – Human Rights

The Human Rights section looks at the discriminatory practices of the South African National Defence Force.

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