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

Attorney General.

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


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