Media Advisory: Mention of Petition 605 of 2014: Forced and Coerced Sterilization of
Women Living with HIV
Who: SWK, PAK, GWK, AMM, Kenya Legal and Ethical Issues Network on HIV &
AIDS (KELIN) , African Gender and Media Initiative Trust (GEM) vs. Médecins
Sans Frontières – France(MSF- France), Pumwani Maternity Hospital, Marie Stopes
International, the Nairobi County Executive Committee Member in charge of
Health Services, Cabinet Secretary – Ministry of Health, Republic of Kenya and the
What: Mention of Petition No. 605 of 2014: The High Court in Nairobi
(Constitutional and Human Rights Division) will on 1 December, 2015 mention the
Petition to confirm compliance with its orders of 2 November, 2015. Justice Mumbi
Ngugi had ordered the Secretariat of the Joint United Nations Programme on
HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), the International Community of Women Living with HIV
(ICW) – Global, ICW – Kenya, and Prof. Alicia Ely Yamin, Lecturer on Law and
Global Health from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, to file
submissions in support of their applications to be enjoined as Friends of the Court
and interested parties.
Why: Medicins Sans Frontiers – France, have opposed the applications made by the
UNAIDS Secretariat and ICW – Global join onto the case. They raise seven grounds
in opposition with one of their key grounds being that UNAIDS and ICW has not
demonstrated that it will introduce any new arguments different from those
advanced by the parties.
The Court will on 1 December, 2015 confirm that all parties have filed and served
their respective submissions and thereafter give directions on how to proceed.
When: Tuesday 1 December, 2015 at 0900hrs
Where: High Court of Kenya at Nairobi, Court No. 2 on 3
Floor, Milimani Law Courts.
PLEASE NOTE: The applicants request that their names and identity should not be
disclosed in the media to protect them from further disclosure of their HIV-status.
Petitioner’s Court Documents
1. Petition number 605 of 2014
2. KELIN application to amend petition
3. UNAIDS Application to Enjoin As Amicus
4. Grounds of opposition by MSF France