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From Margin to Center: Sex Work Decriminalization is a Racial Justice Issue

Sex work is criminalized throughout the United States, typically as misdemeanor offenses. Similar to the way the Unites States treats and criminalizes drug use, the policing of sex work exacerbates stigma, compromises access to resources, justifies violence, and is steeped in racial disparities.

July 9, 2019 • Press Release

Same-Sex Marriage to be Legalized in Northern Ireland and UK Must Legislate on Ending Abortion Ban

Today marks huge progress for the rights of Northern Irish citizens, said Amnesty International, as MPs voted through amendments to the Northern Ireland Executive Formation Bill which will see same-sex marriage legalized, while the UK Government is forced to legislate for abortion reform, including decriminalization.

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Want to Cut Violence Against Our Communities? Decriminalize Sex Work.

What’s the cost to our communities of outlawing sex work? Amnesty International’s new reports lead off with a brutal list of consequences: “Beatings. Rape. Harassment. Forced HIV testing. Exploitation. Extortion. Forced evictions. Exclusion from basic health services. Discrimination.”

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Q&A: Policy to Protect the Human Rights of Sex Workers

1. Why does Amnesty International need a policy to protect the human rights of sex workers? Because sex workers are at high risk of human rights abuses in many countries around the world. Our policy outlines what governments should do to better protect them. 2. What kind of abuses are sex workers at risk of? …

May 24, 2016 • Press Release

Amnesty International publishes policy and research on protection of sex workers’ rights

Amnesty International today published its policy on protecting sex workers from human rights violations and abuses, along with four research reports on these issues in Papua New Guinea, Hong Kong, Norway and Argentina.

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Sex Workers at Risk: A Research Summary of Human Rights Abuses Against Sex Workers

Amnesty International today published its policy on protecting sex workers from human rights violations and abuses, along with four research reports on these issues in Papua New Guinea, Hong Kong, Norway and Argentina.

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What It Takes to Defend Women’s Sexual and Reproductive Rights – New Report Released on SRR Defenders in the Americas

Amnesty’s new report focuses on the situation of SRR defenders in the Americas and the patterns of intimidation, violence and stigmatization they face every day.

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A Vote To Protect the Human Rights of Sex Workers

Decriminalization of sex work means that sex workers are no longer breaking the law by carrying out sex work, and are not forced to live outside the law.

August 11, 2015 • Press Release

Global Movement Votes to Adopt Policy to Protect Human Rights of Sex Workers

A crucial vote to protect the human rights of sex workers was passed today in Dublin at Amnesty International’s decision-making forum, the International Council Meeting (ICM). Delegates from around the world adopted a resolution which authorized the International Board to develop and adopt a policy on the issue.

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Policy on state obligations to respect, protect, and fulfil the human rights of sex workers (International Board)

REQUESTS the International Board to adopt a policy that seeks attainment of the highest possible protection of the human rights of sex workers, through measures that include the decriminalization of sex work, taking into account:

Human rights are under threat:

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