Activism & Advocacy
Activism has always been an important part of the AIDS movement. AIDS 2014 represents a unique time to raise our voices and reach a global audience. There are multiple protest and demonstration actions being planned for AIDS 2014. Stay tuned here for details.
In the meantime, please review the IAS Principles and Values of Conference Participation. These guidelines are intended to support and encourage meaningful, yet minimally disruptive participation of all forms at the conference.
Of special note: New Police Powers for Protest Control
While the Australia Government has protections in place with respect to Freedom of Speech and the Victoria Police will protect those rights with regard to “Peaceful Protests”, the State of Victoria has recently passed legislation that give police broader powers to move against protesters who are blocking access to buildings, obstructing people or traffic, or who are expected to turn violent.
Law Enforcement personnel can move on, fine or arrest people they believe are ‘causing or likely to cause’ obstructed access to buildings or impeding the movement of people or traffic, or people they anticipate may become violent.
The Conference Secretariat has met with Victoria Police authorities who have advised that they will work diligently to facilitate “Peaceful Protests” but may need to enforce the above legislation and non-residents of Australia may face sanctions including arrest.