This Regional Issues Brief has been written to provide an overview of an area of enquiry that the Global Commission
on HIV and the Law is examining – laws and practices that effectively criminalise persons living with HIV and those
most vulnerable to HIV. It has been undertaken through a literature review of laws and documentation of their
enforcement in the context of Asia and the Pacific. It serves as an information resource and complements the
report of the Regional Dialogue for Asia and the Pacific that was held under the auspices of the Global Commission
on HIV and the Law in Bangkok on 16 and 17 February 2011.