Asia and the Pacific

Human Rights Abuses Against Transgender People in Malaysia

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2014

This 73-page report documents government abuses against transgender people in Malaysia. In research in four Malaysian states and the federal territory of Kuala Lumpur, Human Rights Watch found that state Religious Department officials and police regularly arrest transgender women and subject them to various abuses, including assault, extortion, and violations of their privacy rights. Religious Department officials have physically and sexually assaulted transgender women during arrest or in custody, and humiliated them by parading them before the media.

Cambodian Government Minister backtracks on Somaly Mam comments

Cambodia’s Council of Ministry Government spokesperson, Phay Siphan, stated on 20 October, 2014, that his comments that condemning internationally recognised anti-trafficker, Somaly Mam, should be reiterated.

Cambodian Government Bans Somaly Mam from Running Future Anti-Trafficking NGO

Somaly Mam, former executive director of the Somaly Mam Foundation (SMF), who was forced to resign from her position within the organisation in May 2014, due to allegations that she had deliberately fabricated key aspects of both her personal history, and those of the children being cared for by her organisation for explicit financial gain; has been officially banned by the Khmer Government from running another anti-trafficking NGO.

Concerns that India’s Stock of Free ARVs may be Depleted Within a Month

Indian HIV advocate groups, including sex workers, are concerned that government supplies of critical antiretroviral (ARV) medications (tenofovir/lamivudine) which are supplied free of charge, are under threat. The National AIDS Control Organisation (NACO), Director General, Gen. A.S. Rathore, stated that the situation would potentially affect 150,000 people living with HIV who rely on free ARVs.

Sex Workers Outreach Projects - SWOP NSW

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Surry Hills
Australia
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kyliet@swop.org.au
How are sex workers involved in your organisation?: 
SWOP has a sex workers Board of Governance and is sex worker led.

Bangalore Activists Question the Reliability of Trafficking Statistics

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Indian sex workers in Bangalore, Karnataka State, have challenged National Crime Records Bureau statistics which suggest that the city has the second highest number of trafficked people in the country. The Bureau based this assertion on the number of people charged under the Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Act (ITPA), 1956; however, sex worker activists say that the data is flawed as it includes the arrest of sex workers, not just people engaged in trafficking activities.

New report on Sex Work in Ho Chi Minh City reveals changes in Sex Industry over previous decade

Municipal policy makers in Ho Chi Minh City submitted a report to the Ministry of Social Affairs on Monday 15 September 2014, claiming that the local sex industry has dramatically expanded in size over the past 10 years despite the criminalisation of sex work and active policing of sex work venues.

China systemically deports North Korean migrant sex workers

North Korean women suspected of, and/or engaging in, sex work in Chinese towns along the North Korean border are being systemically deported to North Korea, according to a source in the Chinese province of Liaoning.

“No more TIPs please” Empower reflections on TIP report 2014

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2014

This report summarises the analysis and reflections from the Empower Foundation in Thailand on the Trafficking in Persons (TIP) report, the diplomatic tool from the US government that gives every year a grade for each country according to how US policy is followed.