Sunday, November 05, 2006

Info and Discussion of HIV/AIDS in India

Friday, November 10, 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Dr. Kaung’s Salon: HIV/AIDS in India: Crisis, Policy, Action

How does one do outreach to educate people about HIV/AIDS in a country with a population of one billion? How much do the medicines cost? What about the patents? What about the children? What’s the global-local connection?

Join Vineeta Gupta, MD., JD, international policy expert, social entrepreneur, and grassroots organizer, and Director of the DC-based Stop HIV/AIDS in India Initiative, for a very interesting discussion of a problem that impacts us all, no matter where we live.

Kyi May Kaung, Ph.D., originally from India's neighbor to the east, Burma, where HIV/AIDS has reached epidemic proportions, will moderate.



Amy Kincaid said...

I thought that people who came to the salon Friday night might be interested in Vineeta's bio. From the SHAII website:

Vineeta Gupta has a unique combination of education (medical degree and law degree) with eighteen years of grassroots work as a human rights activist and community organizer. She joined AID‘s College Park chapter in 2004, and immediately endeared herself to many volunteers with her tremendous knowledge, “can do, will do” attitude and good cheer. In the past few months, she has helped volunteers to understand the health delivery system, impact of international policies on human rights and effects of drug patent laws on the health of Indians. She is organizing a meticulous international campaign to ‘Stop HIV/AIDS in India’ which also includes tuberculosis and malaria.

Since 1986, she has been involved with the Peoples’ Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL). She investigated and reported many cases of human rights violations and corruption in government, undertook public interest litigations and published papers on health and human rights at a grave risk to her career and person. “Rotary Service to Humanity Award 2001” was conferred on her in recognition of her relentless fight against crime and corruption in public life and for upholding ethical standards in society. To continue her human rights activism, she gave up her career as an outstanding Punjab Civil Medical Services Class I Officer.

To enhance her understanding of human rights legal framework, after graduating in law from an Indian university, she obtained Master’s degree in International Human Rights Law from the Notre Dame University in U.S. Her involvement in human rights brought her face to face with the economic and social injustice that poor people, especially women, in India face daily. Insaaf International was launched to provide a common forum to come together internationally and challenge economic and social marginalization.

She works closely with educational institutions, human rights, civil liberty organizations and community groups to impart human rights awareness education and advocacy in India and abroad. Dr Gupta has organized and conducted human rights education programs in schools and colleges with extensive experience of lectures and presentations in universities in the U.S and Europe. She held street corner and community meetings to mobilize constituencies related to issues of women’s rights, rights of the religious minorities, health rights and right to education. She is instrumental in building many networks, co-ordinations and collaborations at national and international level. She is very actively involved in international campaigns to challenge oppressive policies of international financial institutions.

Some of the court cases taken up by Dr. Gupta

* Based on 14 years of work against police torture, Dr. Gupta brought an impact litigation suit against the State of Punjab (Criminal Writ Petition No. 27 of 1997 D/d 29.4.1998) to ban third degree torture methods in police stations. The judgment given in the case entitled, “Dr. Vineeta Gupta vs. State of Punjab”, by the Honorable Justice R. L. Anand stated: “I dispose of this petition with directions to the respondents to ensue that no third degree methods should be adopted in the various police stations, CIA staff offices, police posts or such other places where a suspect or criminal can be detained or taken for the purpose of interrogation … The directions of this court should also be complied with not only by the state of Punjab but also by the state of Haryana and Union Territory of Chandigarh.”

* Dr. Gupta investigated and reported police brutality on a poor, Dalit woman who was stripped and beaten by a police officer in Bathinda district. As a result of Dr. Gupta’s work, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) of India commended her services and a criminal case was brought against the accused parties.



Reports and Publications

* “Female Feticide,” Encyclopedia on Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity, Macmillan USA (to be published)
* “Health at Stake: International Financial Institutions, Women and Health” (2004) (Unpublished)
* “Globalization and Increasing Female Feticide” (2004) (LL. M. Thesis)
* “Increasing Gender Selective Female Feticide, Laws and Policies In India: Is Something Missing?”(2003) (Unpublished Academic paper)
* “Caged Human Rights: A Human Rights Report on Prisons in Punjab,” Insaaf International (Insaaf) (2003)
* “Unholy Trade in Holy City of Punjab- Kidney Transplant Racket,” Insaaf and Lawyers for Human Rights International (2003)
* “Jammu and Kashmir Assembly Elections 2002 – Fair Elections under the Shadow of Fear” (2003), Institute of Social Sciences
* “Challenges to Women’s Empowerment Today,” Empowerment of Women, Rotary Awards for Service to Humanity (India) Trust (2002)
* “World Bank Funded Health Care – A Death Certificate for Poor,” Insaaf (2001)
* “Wolf in Uniform: Police Brutality on Two Young Women of Village Rajiana, District Moga,” Report, Insaaf and People’s Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL), (2001)
* “World Bank Funded Reproductive and Child Health Project in Punjab, India – Another ‘Project Corruption’ OR ‘Reducing Poverty,” Report, Insaaf, (1999)
* Contributed to “Eyes Wide Shut,” Physicians for Human Rights, Denmark (1999)
* Contributed to “India: Break the Cycle of Impunity and Torture in Punjab,” Amnesty International (2003)
* “Influence of initial and subsequent motivation on case holding in rural Punjab,” Indian Journal of Tuberculosis (1994)
* “Results of treatment of microscopy negative symptomatic patients with radiological evidence of active pulmonary tuberculosis in rural Punjab,” Indian Journal of Tuberculosis (1994)
* Critique of the Report of the Task Force on the establishment of a Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Commission in Kenya
* Critique of the Report, “Iraq’s Weapons of Mass Destruction - The Assessment of the British Government”
* ‘Appropriate’ role of Multinational Corporations in today’s Globalizing World: How that role can be accomplished effectively
* Rotary Manava Seva Awards 2001 - Dr. Vineeta Gupta & Bhure Lal (IAS) Conferred Awards for Fighting Corruption
* The World Bank Takes More Than it Gives, CorpWatch
* Unsafe custody in Punjab's prisons, India Together, July 2003
* Protection is the NHRC's primary mandate, India Together, September 2002
* Yellow cards for the poor, India Together, January 2002

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