NSWP Issues Statement of Support for Amnesty International and Launches Online Petition

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NSWP has mobilised in support of Amnesty International following the recent backlash against Amnesty International’s Resolution and draft policy calling for the decriminalisation of sex work, which is tabled for adoption at their International Council Meeting, 6-11th August 2015.

The Amnesty International resolution ‘REQUESTS the International Board adopt a policy that seeks attainment of the highest possible protection of the human rights of sex workers, through measures that include the decriminalisation of sex work’.

NSWP Statement of Support can be downloaded here in Chinese, here in English, here in Frenchhere in Spanish and here in Russian.

Please sign the online petition and share it widely.

The draft policy is backed up by research carried out by Amnesty International on the human rights impact of the criminalisation of sex work, and a global consultation in 2014, which included input from many sex workers around the world – the community most affected by the proposals.

In 2014, Amnesty International carried out country-based research that led to four research reports that explore the situations in high, middle, and low-income countries across four regions were produced. Over 80 sex workers were interviewed and numerous other interviews were conducted with NGOs, law enforcement and government officials.

The research findings left no doubt as to the impact of criminalisation: criminalisation of sex work compounds stigma and discrimination against sex workers; sex workers are criminalised and negatively affected by a range criminal laws relating to sex work – not just those criminalising the sale of sexual services; criminalisation gives police impunity to abuse sex workers and it acts as a major barrier to police protection for sex workers; and the most marginalised sex workers often report the highest levels, and worst impact of criminalisation.

For sex workers and our allies, Amnesty International’s policy on sex work would be a welcome addition to the growing number of organisations and international bodies - who adopt evidence-based policies – that all call for the decriminalisation of sex work as the best way to uphold the human rights of sex workers.