News Archive: February 2013

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(с благодарностью SWAN)

Further to the news story earlier this month is the offical statement from Tais Plus:

In October 2012 the Ministry of the Interior of Kyrgyzstan initiated a new draft bill to introduce an administrative offence for sex work.

Tais Plus with numerous allies – organisations and individuals – implemented a wide advocacy campaign to stop this initiative of the Ministry of the Interior. Financial support was provided by Urgent Action Fund. Bishkek Feminist Collective SQ provided incredible promotion of all our efforts against the new draft bill.

We mobilised sex workers, allies and organisations actively involved in sex work issues across the country. Public hearings with participation from civil society, government representatives and sex workers took place in 6 cities – in almost all regional centres.

The Petition calling to stop the draft bill was signed by more 1000 people via online and personal communication on the streets.  Face-to-face communication with parliament members and staff of the Ministry of the Interior took place during the official meeting of the Parliament Committee responsible for reviewing this draft bill.

Unbelievable support from Human Rights Watch and a consortium of international women and sex workers leadership organisations allowed us to show the people making the decision that our country and our issue is of concern to international human rights defenders.

Finally in February 2013 mass media posted the official news about withdrawing the draft bill on the punishment of sex work on Kyrgyzstan.

Thank you to all our supporters. It is not possible to make full list of them all here.

Posted 28 February 2013 by NSWP

The U.S. State Department is seeking input for inclusion in its annual global Trafficking in Person (TIP) Report from organisations within the United States and from around the world.

Best Practices Policy Project (BPPP) will be sending in a short submission and are encouraging other groups to do the same, if possible.  The deadline for this year’s report is very close - March 6, 2013.

Essentially organisations can report to the US government on how they view the US government’s trafficking efforts.

You can find much more information on what is involved in submitting report and how to go about submitting on BPPP’s website here.

Posted 28 February 2013 by NSWP

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(с благодарностью SWAN)

The Association of Hungarian Sex Workers (SZEXE) recently launched their advocacy film on the situtation for sex workers in Hungary.

 

SZEXE produced the video jointly with the Hungarian Civil Liberties Union (HCLU) to attempt to give an overview of Hungarian sex workers' situation and come up with recommendations for addressing the problems.The video was first presented on a press event on 17 December 2012 in Budapest. Support for this project was provided by Mama Cash.

Posted 22 February 2013 by NSWP

The media in Kyrgyzstan has published an announcement by Dastan Bekeshev, the Parliament Deputy that the Kyrgyz Government have withdrawn their Draft Bill on administrative punishments for sex work. 

Read the report (In Russian) at 24kg.org.

Tais Plus campaigned heavily against this initiative, as we reported in October here.

This is the second time Tais Plus' advocacy efforts have been successul after similar attempts in 2006 to criminalise sex work were also stopped.

Posted 22 February 2013 by NSWP

In what is becoming an increasingly innovative mechanism for challenging country reports on the CEDAW treaty, two organisations have recently submitted CEDAW shadow reports. 

It is good to see increasing numbers of sex worker organisations using this strategy to challenge their countries implementation and interpretation of the CEDAW principles.

You can read the shadow reports from the Sex-Worker Forum of Vienna and SZEXE which appear on the website of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) by clicking on their name in red.

Posted 18 February 2013 by NSWP

This recent blog post on the 'A Kiss for Gabriela' website outlines some of the recent UN documents that recommend decriminalisation, or a move away from criminalisation of sex work. 

In the face of continuing and creeping criminalisation attempts in many territories, this provides a useful summary of some of the additional advocacy tools now available to support activism and campaigning for sex workers' rights, while emphasising the importance of not limiting discussions about sex worker rights solely to disease prevention.

You can read the full blog post here.

Posted 8 February 2013 by NSWP

This briefing from the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network considers the impact of the "Swedish" or "Nordic" model on sex workers.  Examining its harmful effects, this paper argues that this approach would not withstand constitutional scrutiny in Canada.

The briefing also makes recommendations to the Canadian Parliament as follows:

  • Parliament should repeal the section of the Criminal Code that makes it an offence to communicate in a public place for the purposes of prostitution
  • Parliament should repeal the bawdy-house sections of the Criminal Code
  • Parliament should repeal the subsections of the procuring sections of the Criminal Code that relate to bawdy-houses
  • Parliament should repeal the section of the Criminal Code that makes it an offence to live on the avails of prostitution
  • Parliament should repeal the reverse-onus subsection of the Criminal Code as it applies to living on the avails of prostitution

For full details you can download this useful 6 page PDF document below.  This resource is in English.

Posted 4 February 2013 by NSWP

The National Network of Sex Workers in India have appealed to the President of India to reject the 'Ordinance on the Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill 2012' which was cleared by the cabinet on 1st February. 

A proposed section in this bill conflates trafficking with sex work and essentially defines all 'prostitution' as exploitation, further eroding the dignity of voluntary and consenting sex workers, against the internationally recognised interpretation of the UN Protocol, 2000.  If accepted this bill will criminalise sex workers.

You can read the 2 page (PDF) press release (in English) as published on SANGRAM's website below.

You can read more coverage regarding the press release as reported in the Times of India and The Hindu.

Posted 4 February 2013 by NSWP

This is the 3rd edition of the STRASS newsletter, packed with details of their recent and forthcoming activism events in France as well as a round up of other European news realting to sex work.

Posted 4 February 2013 by NSWP

The Durbar Mahila Samanwaya Committee is a collective of 65000 female, male and transgender sex workers in West Bengal, India. Their most recent Bulletin (No 22.) includes recent news and a report of their AGM.

Posted 4 February 2013 by NSWP