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Human Rights Watch Supports Push for Decriminalising Voluntary Sex Work by Adults

On January 21st, HRW released their 24th annual review of human rights practices around the world. The report summarises key human rights issues in more than 90 countries and territories worldwide drawing on events through to November 2013.

On the decriminalisation of sex work, the report states on page 47: "...our call for decriminalizing simple drug use and possession (see the essay The Human Rights Case for Drug Reform in this volume), and our push for decriminalizing voluntary sex work by adults."

Human Rights Watch World Report 2014

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2014

World Report 2014 is Human Rights Watch’s 24th annual review of human rights practices around the globe. It summarises key human rights issues in more than 90 countries and territories worldwide, drawing on events through November 2013.

The report touches on sex work and reiterates Human Rights Watch's support for the decriminalisation of sex work.

Campaign to decriminalise sex work in South Africa gathers pace

South Africa’s President, Jacob Zuma, in a response to Parliament, has pledged his continued support for the decriminalisation of sex work. The decriminalisation of sex work will remain on the agenda of the newly appointed SA Law Reform Commission (SALRC), President Zuma said earlier this week, reported News 24, a South Africa based news agency.

Sex worker rights groups question ethics of Equality Now funded project in open letter to the Milano School

Anti-sex work group, Equality Now, recently launched an attack on the UN over recommendations to decriminalise sex work in two reports on HIV and Sex Work.

Milano School Open Letter

Dear David Scobey and Mary Watson,

We are writing an open letter of concern to the New School and Milano School on behalf of our members, sex worker-led organisations with regard to a project managed by the Milano School titled ‘Sex Trafficking Prevention Approaches and Policy Implications’ commissioned by their client, Equality Now. We have on-going concerns over the ethics of the research project given the uses to which it may be put.

The Global Commission on HIV and the Law: Sex Workers

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This resource is an OSF briefing paper on the recent findings of the Global Commission on HIV and the Law. It aims to highlight the Commission's findings in language that will make the information useful for activists and those advocating for sex workers' rights. 

APNSW respond to Equality Now: "we are of the view that sex workers have the right to consent, and to have their consent respected".

The Asia Pacific Network of Sex Workers (APNSW) has resoundingly criticised Equality Now's campaign, noting "This offensive campaign  by Equality Now is an attempt to silence sex workers and replace us with hand-picked 'survivors', to advance the view that all sex work is 'violence against women'.

The Asia Pacific Network of Sex Work Projects: response to Equality Now

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2013

APNSW's response to Equality now covers APNSW's support for the UN reports the recommend decriminalisation, and notes that Equality Now did not submit a response to the UN consultation.

Statement by the National Network of Sex Workers India in response to Equality Now

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2013

The National Network of Sex Workers India responds to a new campaign to further criminalise sex workers. In their statement, they criticise the conflation of sex work with trafficking, and reiterate the NNSW-India's support of the UN's commitment to sex workers' rights.

The African Sex Worker Alliance joins NSWP in releasing statement condemning the ill-thought out attack on UN agencies decriminalisation recommendations

The African Sex Workers Alliance (ASWA) joins NSWP in condemning the latest attack on sex workers' rights, an attack which takes the form of a campaign against several UN agencies' recommendations to decriminalise sex work.