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U.S. State Department Response to UN Human Rights Council Working Group UPR Report «

Posted: March 10th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Briefs | Tags: , , , | 2 Comments »

The US State Dept. published a response to the UN's Universal Periodic Review in full support of Recommendation 86, which says "no one should face violence or discrimination in access to public services based on…their status as a person in prostitution". The Woodhull Freedom Foundation, an advocacy group who worked with the UN’s US delegation praised the statement. "We are especially happy to note that the Obama administration is taking human rights abuses against sex workers seriously," RJ Thompson, Woodhull's Human Rights Program Director said.

But many US sex workers, who face discrimination and violence from US police forces, expressed skepticism. A sex worker rights advocate and blogger who writes under the name elrond said: "Will this mean sex workers can get tested for STDs in the US without fear of arrest? While cities like New Orleans who imprison sex workers for long sentences, I some how don't think so."

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2 Comments on “U.S. State Department Response to UN Human Rights Council Working Group UPR Report «”

  1. 1 Douglas Fox said at 5:06 am on March 18th, 2011:

    Just to say thank you for posting this about and linking to H P.

    I will put a link on HP to reciprocate.

    Your readers may also be interested in this:

  2. 2 Miranda said at 11:22 am on March 28th, 2011:

    The way sex workers of all types (not just prostitutes) are treated in the USA is disgusting.
    It shows how controlling and hateful the majority of people here are.