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.

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

The report highlights human rights violations perpetrated against sex workers in Cambodia, China, Vietnam, Greece, Lebanon, and the USA. The report does not highlight sustained human rights violations often perpetrated against sex workers by police in much of sub-Saharan Africa

Human rights abuses of sex workers include, arbitrary detention (Cambodia), punitive crackdowns, coercive HIV testing, privacy infringements, mistreatment by health officials (China), forced rehabilitation of sex workers (Vietnam), detention and forced HIV testing of alleged sex workers (Greece), subjecting sex workers (along with drug users and LGBT people) in security forces’ custody to ill-treatment and torture (Lebanon), the use of condoms as evidence of sex work (USA).

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