Human rights

Human Rights Abuses Against Transgender People in Malaysia

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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.

The Role of Global-Level Advocacy in Addressing HIV among Key Populations

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New report details recent global advocacy strategies used and outcomes achieved to enhance health and human rights for key populations

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Brazilian Sex Worker Who Spoke Out Against Police Has Life threatened; Not Considered Eligible For Brazil’s Human Rights Defenders Programme

The case has been ongoing and reveals the persistent efforts of a Brazilian sex worker “Isabel” who has been fighting to highlight police violence she and other sex workers faces since May this year). The building where she and about 400 self-organised sex workers lived and worked remains closed, and those who had their rights violated by the police operation haven’t had success in accessing justice. The sex workers who lived there, lost their homes.

Scarlet Alliance Red Umbrella Rally: Sex workers speak up!

11th Nov



Scarlet Alliance Red Umbrella Rally:
Sex workers speak up!
Tuesday 11th November, 2014
4:30 - 6pm, Speeches and Performances from 5pm
Talbot Reserve, Albert St, St Kilda

Join us in St Kilda to hear it straight from sex workers.
Victoria’s licensing regime harms sex workers.
Street Sex work - still criminalised.
Draconian laws prevent sex workers working how, when and where we want.
Police as regulators; unnecessary, barrier to justice.
Full decriminalisation is needed now for sex workers’ health and safety.

Prostitution Free Zones Repealed in the District of Columbia

After nine years of organising, the joint efforts of NSWP member groups Best Practices Policy Best Practices Policy Project and HIPS, together with groups including Casa Ruby and the DC Trans Coalition have succeeded in having the District of Columbia’s “Prostitution Free Zone” policy overturned.

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.

Sex Workers Left Out of Canadian Government’s C-36 Discussions

In the months since the Canadian government introduced its proposal for new legislation around sex work, Justice Minister Peter MacKay has been touring the country, holding closed-door meetings with what his department calls “criminal justice system stakeholders.” While the exact identity of those consulted remains unclear, one thing is likely: none of them were sex workers, the very people the government’s

Sex worker in hiding after giving testimony against Brazilian police following raids in Niteroi

A Brazillian sex worker has been forced to go into hiding after publically speaking out against police actions following an illegal raid in Niteroi, Brazil in May of this year.

On 23 May 2014 police occupied a building in the centre of Niteroi where sex workers live and work. The building had known sex work venues for about 400 self-organised sex workers. Some sex workers were residents and lost their homes after the illegal raid.

Managing the risk of human rights violations in Global Fund-supported programs. Meeting Report - Geneva, 22-23 May 2014


A workshop was recently held in Geneva that brought together leading experts in health and human rights, technical partners, representatives of networks of key populations and people living with HIV, donors, grant recipients, civil society organizations, scholars and Global Fund board members and staff.

Know It: The Rights Framework


This resource is a part of the Know it, Prove it, Change it: a Rights Curriculum for Grassroots Groupsseries created specifically to help grassroots organisations in communities affected by HIV/AIDS to understand their basic rights, document rights abuses, and design and implement advocacy campaigns. The series has three parts:

Know It: The Rights Frameworkdiscusses international human rights law and how it applies to people living with HIV/AIDS and other marginalised communities;