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Human rights groups face global crackdown 'not seen in a generation'

Laws affecting funding, requiring registration and prohibiting protest are among controls that are making it difficult for NGOs and other campaign groups.

Published
27 August 2015
From
The Guardian
Global movement votes to adopt policy to protect human rights of sex workers

The resolution recommends that Amnesty International develop a policy that supports the full decriminalization of all aspects of consensual sex work. The policy will also call on states to ensure that sex workers enjoy full and equal legal protection from exploitation, trafficking and violence.

Published
12 August 2015
From
Amnesty International
What counts in the new UNAIDS strategy

To hit the fast track running and live up to the visibility it has laudably given to human rights and gender, UNAIDS should commit strategy, budget and staff to integrating its human rights analysis into its models and targets. We can make law and policy a routine part of countries’ health planning, programming and reporting work. Just as it would be if we were talking about lung cancer.

Published
11 August 2015
From
Meg Davis
LGBTI rights language stripped from UN’s 2030 Sustainable Development Goals

Several developed nations, including the United Kingdom and Brazil, had wanted to have language in the agreement which could have been interpreted to include protecting the rights of transgender persons and sexual minorities but these were stripped from the final text that member states will approve.

Published
07 August 2015
From
Gay Star News
Statement of Support for Amnesty International

The Global Network of Sex Work Projects (NSWP) would like to take this opportunity to express our support for Amnesty International’s Resolution and draft policy calling for the decriminalisation of sex work, tabled for adoption at the International Council Meeting, 6 - 11th August 2015.

Published
30 July 2015
From
Global Network of Sex Work Projects
WHO Launches groundbreaking report: Sexual health, human rights and the law

The document results from of extensive research and consultation globally over a period of seven years. It establish conceptual references to guide the application of human rights and the the law to sexual health in relation to barriers to sexual services, information on sexual health and violence.

Published
22 June 2015
From
Sexuality Policy Watch
UN says gays are victims of violent abuse all over the world

The U.N. human rights chief said in a new report that lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender people are victims of "pervasive, violent abuse, harassment and discrimination" in all regions of the world and cites hundreds of hate-related killings. High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Raad al-Hussein said actions by some countries to reduce violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity since the last report in 2011 have been overshadowed by continuing human rights violations against these groups, too often perpetrated with impunity. See http://www.ohchr.org/Documents/Issues/Discrimination/A.HRC.19.41_English.pdf for report.

Published
02 June 2015
From
Associated Press
Kenya: High Court Orders LGBT Group Registration

The High Court of Kenya, in a groundbreaking decision, ruled on April 24, 2015, that members of a lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) rights group could formally register their organization, Human Rights Watch said today. “The court decision is a significant victory for the LGBT community, not only in Kenya, but elsewhere in Africa where LGBT groups have faced similar obstacles to registration,” said Graeme Reid, LGBT rights director at Human Rights Watch. “An LGBT organization’s ability to register and advocate for its members is fundamental for free association, free speech, and equality under the law.”

Published
27 May 2015
From
Human Rights Watch
Fighting HIV where no-one admits it's a problem

For years Russia has remained remarkably silent on the challenge it faces from HIV and Aids. Now that silence has been broken by an epidemiologist who has been working in the field for more than two decades - and he calls the situation "a national catastrophe".

Published
20 May 2015
From
BBC
Anal sex study reveals climate of 'coercion'

A UK study on why teenage heterosexual couples may engage in anal sex has revealed a climate of coercion, with consent and mutuality not always a priority for the boys who are trying to persuade girls into having it.

Published
19 May 2015
From
Independent
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