A Vote To Protect the Human Rights of Sex Workers

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Indian sex workers hold placards as they take part in a rally in New Delhi, 08 March 2006 to mark the International Women's Day.  The protestors demanded social rights and the Immoral Traffic Prevention (ITP) Act to be scrapped.  (Photo credit: Manan Vatsyayana/AFP/Getty Images)

Indian sex workers hold placards as they take part in a rally in New Delhi, 08 March 2006 to mark the International Women’s Day. The protestors demanded social rights and the Immoral Traffic Prevention (ITP) Act to be scrapped. (Photo credit: Manan Vatsyayana/AFP/Getty Images)

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 authorized the organization’s International Board to develop and adopt a policy on the issue.

This is a divisive, sensitive and complex issue and our priority has been and remains an approach that best protects the rights of some of the most marginalized people in the world. That is why we have been working for over two years to develop a policy to protect the human rights of sex workers based on research and global consultation with hundreds of organizations, our international membership and many more individuals worldwide.

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Amnesty Activists Worldwide Convene To Address Human Rights

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Several hundred Amnesty activists from around the world are currently gathered to discuss the most pressing human rights issues of our time at Amnesty International’s 2011 International Council Meeting (ICM) in Noordwijkerhout, near Amsterdam, the Netherlands from August 14-19.

The ICM happens every two years and attendees decide on the future direction of our movement. This year for the first time you can go online to follow events as they unfold and join in the conversation.

We love this special message Aung San Suu Kyi recorded for ICM attendees and all Amnesty members everywhere.