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It has been 40 years since HIV/Aids began spreading across the globe. Since then, there have been major strides in developing prevention measures, testing tools and treatments, even if gaps remain.

As the world commemorates World Aids Day today to shed light on a battle that has yet to be won, we travel back to the first years of the pandemic with French author Anthony Passeron, whose family was profoundly scarred by the disease in the 1980s.

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Michelle Langrand


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A staged protest in Paris, France, in 1995 by Act Up-Paris, the French chapter of a grassroots activist group fighting against Aids. (Keystone/Agence VU/Christian Poveda)

In the early 1980s, a mysterious illness convulsed the world as it spread rapidly through the United States, France and across all continents. While researchers were racing to find the virus responsible and develop a treatment, a family living in a small rural town in the hinterland of Nice was being consumed by the disease.

In Anthony Passeron’s novel from 2022, Les Enfants Endormis (Sleeping Children), the early days of the HIV-Aids epidemic intertwine with the struggle of his own family to cope with his drug-addict uncle’s illness in silent pain and isolation at a time when little was known about the immunodeficiency syndrome, commonly known as Aids.

A teacher by trade, Passeron was in Geneva on 3 October to talk about his work at the literary association Société de Lecture, where Geneva Solutions met with the author.

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Demonstrators carry a puppet depicting a prisoner with the face of former Colombian President Alvaro Uribe during a demonstration with the slogan "SOS Colombia" in Madrid on May 15 2021. (Keystone/AFP/Gabriel Boys)

Europe does not have a monopoly on extra-territorial justice. As criminal complaints related to the Israel-Gaza conflict filed before European national courts, as well as the International Criminal Court, multiply, another significant case taking place in Argentina is a reminder that one continent does not have the monopoly on justice for international crimes, writes Alain Werner, director of Civitas Maxima in this month’s round-up of international justice news, in collaboration with Geneva Solutions.

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