Actresses including Meryl Streep, Kate Winslet and Emma Thompson, write an open letter opposing an Amnesty International policy to endorse the decriminalisation of the sex trade.
The human rights group is set to review its internal policy document on sex work at a meeting in Dublin next month.
But the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women (CATW) said that if the new policy was adopted, Amnesty would in effect advocate the legalisation of pimping, brothel owning and sex buying that forms the basis of the lucrative global sex industry.
Signatories from the lucrative media industry also includes Emily Blunt, Lena Dunham and Anne Hathaway.
Amnesty is reviewing its policy amid evidence that criminalising adults for consensual sex work can lead to greater abuse against sex workers . The charity is in the final stages of receiving feedback on the draft policy but stressed that no decision had
yet been made.
Offsite Article: The Amnesty Sex Work Argument, Broken Down
2nd August 2015. See article
by Frankie Mullen. Thanks to Therumbler
You might have noticed a shit-storm around sex work in your newsfeed this week : Amnesty was accused of being onside with pimps, there were lots of open letters and there were even more opinions.
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Offsite Comment: The Guardian's high priestesses of PC speak in favour of a violent and exploitative environment for sex workers
3rd August 2015. See article
Obviously, Amnesty is right to say that sex workers have human rights and that these should be respected ...BUT... many Amnesty supporters believe that the trade itself tends to corrupt or to violate these rights, except for a lucky few
participants. The broadest coalitions unite around the narrowest agendas. A call to legalise sex work is a distraction from Amnesty's core mission, and dangerous to it too.
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Offsite Comment: Amnesty must stand firm on decriminalising sex work
5th August 2015. See article
. By Luca Stevenson, coordinator of the International Committee on the Rights of Sex Workers in Europe and Dr Agata Dziuban, the organisation's policy officer in Poland
What should matter to Amnesty's directors and members is the strong, growing and undeniable evidence collected by academics and international organisations such as the World Health Organisation , Human Rights Watch and the Global Alliance Against Traffic
in Women that criminalising any aspect of sex work makes sex workers more vulnerable to sexual and other forms of violence, forced rehabilitation, arrests, deportation and contracting HIV.
What should matter even more is the voice of the sex workers themselves, who from every corner of the world are organising -- often in the most difficult environments -- to advocate for their rights and to change laws and policies that harm them.
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Update: Amnesty International votes to support the decriminalisation of all aspects of consensual sex work
12th August 2015. See article
Men just want to get laid, whilst the sex workers just want to earn a bit of money to feed their kids. Yet some would like to see all these innocent people get jailed, just so that extremist feminists can feel good about their gender equality.
And it's good to see that Human rights group Amnesty International has also come out against the persecution and jailing of innocent people by voting to support the decriminalisation of prostitution at their biennial International Council Meeting.
Delegates from around the world gathered in Dublin for the meeting, and voted to adopt a resolution that will allow the organisation to develop and adopt a pro-decriminalisation policy. The resolution recommends that the full decriminalisation of all
aspects of consensual sex work is supported by the organisation.
Salil Shetty, Amnesty's Secretary General, said about the resolution:
We recognise that this critical human rights issue is hugely complex and that is why we have addressed this issue from the perspective of international human rights standards.
Amnesty International now joins a host of other groups in their support for decriminalisation, including the World Health Organisation, the United Nations AIDS programme UNAIDS, and leading medical journal The Lancet .
These groups see the stigma and criminalisation that surrounds prostitution as roadblocks to stopping abuse, trafficking and the spread of diseases like HIV and AIDS.
Comment: Moron of the Week: The Guardian
13th August 2015. See article
History has just been made. The world's leading human rights organisation, Amnesty International has finally, belatedly, accepted that sex workers are people with rights, and has called for their trade to be decriminalised.
For liberals, this kind of decision would once have been a no-brainer. But liberalism has become infested with puritanical, authoritarian ideas, and many liberals are highly illiberal when it comes to core issues of individual liberty -- most of all,
when sex is involved. Almost 4 years ago, I began to wake up to this, and wrote a piece about the Guardian's sexual hang-ups . My observation that the secular left and the religious right had almost blurred into one entity was one of the catalysts that
ended my Guardian subscription, and began my growing disenchantment with the increasingly conservative political left.
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