Statement of Concern from the International AIDS Conference: On closing spaces in India for civil society & generic medicines

We call on the Indian government to reverse course on a series of actions that threaten to undermine the global AIDS response. We are increasingly concerned about the closing space both for the civil society groups that have been critical in the AIDS response nationally and internationally and for the public health-supporting policies that ensure quality, affordable generic drugs for the world. India’s recent policy reversals have serious implications for human rights and access to HIV treatment in India and around the world.

We call on the Indian government to:

• End attacks on the Lawyers Collective and other NGOs and ensure the Foreign Contributions Regulation Act and other laws are not misused for political purposes.

• Implement policies to ensure Indian generic companies cannot be taken over by multinational pharmaceutical companies, thereby eliminating the generic competition people living with HIV and others depend on for affordable medicines.

• Resist pressure from the United States and multinational pharmaceutical companies to eliminate, undermine or cease using the critical public health safeguards in India’s Intellectual Property Laws including strict patent standards, oppositions, and compulsory licensing, that allow India to provide 90% of the world’s antiretrovirals. This includes rejecting TRIPS-plus demands in free trade agreement and bilateral investment treaty negotiations with Europe and in RCEP.



Dr. Chris Beyrer, President of the International AIDS Society (IAS)

Dr. Linda-Gail Bekker, President-Elect of the International AIDS Society (IAS)

Dr Julio Montaner, Past President of the International AIDS Society (IAS)

Owen Ryan, Executive Director of the International AIDS Society (IAS)

Justice Zak Yacoob, former Justice, Constitutional Court of South Africa


African Services Committee



Basic Education for All

The Botswana Network on Ethics, Law, & HIV/AIDS (BONELA)

Center for Health, Human Rights and Development (CEHURD)

Centre for Applied Legal Studies

Centre for Environmental Rights


CIVICUS World Alliance for Citizen Participation

Community Based Development Programme

Community Development Fund

Consortium for Refugees and Migrants

Corruption Watch

Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation


Equal Education

Equal Education Law Centre

Fundacion para Estudio e Investigación de la Mujer

Global Network of People Living with HIV

Health GAP (Global Access Project)

HIV Justice Network

HOPS, Macedonia

HOPS, Macedonia

Human Rights Education Centre

Human Rights Institute of South Africa

IMAXI Cooperative

Indigenous Community of Muslim Women living with HIV

International AIDS Society

International Human Rights Clinic, University of Chicago Law School

ITPC West Africa


Kenya Treatment Access Movement

Lawyers for Human Rights

Legal Resources Centre

Liga Colombiana de lucha contra el sida

Media Monitoring Africa

Mujer y salud en Uruguay MYSU

Non-Profit Partnership ESVERO

Pamoja TB Group

Pan-African Treatment Access Movement

People’s Coalition Against Xenophobia

Peoples Health Movement

Professor of Epidemiology

Rural Health Advocacy Project

Sankalp Rehabilitation Trust


Socio-Economic Rights Institute of South Africa

Sonke Gender Justice

SOS Coalition

South African Christian Leadership Initiative

Southern Africa Litigation Centre



Stop TB Partnership-Kenya

Student Global AIDS Campaign

Students for Law and Social Justice

Tanzania Network of Women Living with HIV and AIDS

Training Education and Management

Treatment Action Campaign

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