Sex Work and the Law in Asia and the Pacific: Laws, HIV and Human Rights in the Context of Sex Work. Godwin J (2012)

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Laws, policies and practices that are harmful to HIV responses in the context of sex work and the human rights of sex workers include:(i) Criminalization of sex work (ii) Punitive law enforcement practices (iii) Confiscation of condoms (iv) Criminalization of clients (v) Licensing or registration (vi) Mandatory, compulsory or coerced testing (vii) Lack of labour rights and social security rights (viii) Denial of identity documents and citizenship rights (ix) Compulsory detention centres (x) Anti-trafficking laws, policies and practices (xi) 100% Condom Use Programmes (CUPs)...



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Situation Report on International Migration in South and South-West Asia. Asia-Pacific RCM Thematic Working Group on International Migration Including Human Trafficking (2012)

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International migration is a key factor behind the socio-economic development of South and South-West Asia, one of the fastest growing subregions in the world economically. Historically, international migration has acted to alleviate population pressures and unemployment while remittances from overseas migrants have contributed to poverty reduction and helped ensure relative macroeconomic stability even during times of crises. 

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Summary of E-discussion on Key Affected Women and Girls in Asia and the Pacific. UNDP, UNAIDS, UN Women, UNOHCHR, and APN+ (2012)

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From 1-23 February 2012, the Asia Pacific Community of Practice on HIV, Gender and Human Rights (HIV-APCoP) held an e-discussion on Key Affected Women and Girls in Asia and the Pacific with the primary objective of stimulating dialogue to ensure proper policy attention is paid to key affected women and girls in the context of HIV. 

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Building Partnerships on HIV and Sex Work. Report and Recommendations from the First Asia and the Pacific Regional Consultation on HIV and Sex Work. APNSW, UNAIDS, UNFPA (2011)

Gender Differences in KAP Related to HIV/AIDS among Freshmen in Afghan University. Mansoor AB, Fungladda W, Kaewkungwal J, et al (2008)

To increase the momentum and effectiveness of the HIV response in Asia and the Pacific, UNFPA, UNAIDS and the Asia Pacific Network of Sex Workers (APNSW) joined hands to organize, in collaboration with governments, UNAIDS cosponsors, national and local sex worker organizations, and civil society organizations, the first Asia and the Pacific Regional Consultation on HIV and Sex Work in October 2010 in Pattaya, Thailand. This Regional Consultation, which was the result of an extensive and participatory process spanning over a year, brought together some 140 participants from eight countries in the region as well as selected national, regional and global resource persons that have experience or influence in the area of HIV and sex work. These resource persons included representatives from regional community networks, sex worker organizations, NGOs, researchers, government organizations, and United Nations (UN) agencies. Country teams comprising representatives from national AIDS authorities, Ministries of Health, Ministries of Justice or police, sex worker communities and the UN system participated from Cambodia, China, Fiji, Indonesia, Myanmar, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, and Thailand.


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Domestic Violence Legislation and its Implementation: An Analysis for ASEAN Countries Based on International Standards and Good Practices. UNWOMEN (2011)

Gender Differences in KAP Related to HIV/AIDS among Freshmen in Afghan University. Mansoor AB, Fungladda W, Kaewkungwal J, et al (2008)

In its General Recommendation 19 the CEDAW Committee states, that the definition of discrimination against women includes gender–based violence, that is “violence that is disproportionately directed against a woman because she is a woman or that affects women disproportionately. It includes acts that inflict physical, mental or sexual harm or suffering, threats of such acts, coercion and other deprivations of liberty. Gender-based violence may breach specific provisions of the Convention, regardless of whether those provisions expressly mention violence”. These research papers - International Standards on Domestic Violence Legislation and Overview of Global Good Practices on Domestic Violence Response Systems prepared by the Lawyers Collective Women’s Rights Initiative, India, and contained in this publication, contribute strongly to the enhancement of domestic legislation in the ASEAN region. Drawing on international standards and good practice globally, they not only provide a rich analysis of existing legislation, but a robust framework to enhance the gender responsiveness of legislation and its implementation.


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HIV in Asia and the Pacific: Getting to Zero. UNAIDS (2011)

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This report, HIV in Asia and the Pacific: Getting to Zero, comes at a decisive point in the international and regional response to the HIV epidemic.

In June 2011, 192 Member States of the United Nations agreed to bold new targets and commitments that can make AIDS a thing of the past...

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Legal Environments, Human Rights and HIV Responses Among Sex Workers in Asia and the Pacific. Consulation Draft: Pacific Region. UNDP (2011)

Socioeconomic Implications of HIV/AIDS in the Pacific. ADB (2006)

The objectives of this study are to: i. describe the diversity of laws that affect HIV responses among sex workers in the Asia Pacific region; ii. assess the impact of laws, legal policies and law enforcement practices on HIV responses for sex workers; and iii. provide recommendations for actions required to create enabling legal and policy environments for HIV responses among sex workers. The report is intended to provide an evidence-base for: policy makers working in government, regional and multilateral organizations; parliamentarians; members of the judiciary; civil society organizations; donor agencies; and sex workers and their organisations engaged in advocacy to improve the legal and policy enabling environment for HIV responses.

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Negotiating Positive Living: A 10-Country Study by APN+ on Issues Facing HIV-Positive MSM in the Asia Pacific. APN+. (2011)

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This study provides a timely critique on the lack of community-centred discussions surrounding sex, sexuality, and sexual identity. The ongoing global attention on quantifiable markers to health, universal access to treatment, medication adherence and condom use, while certainly important, only skim the surface of deeper quality of life for positive MSM; which necessarily depends on looking deeper into the meanings HIV has had on the lives and stories of those who have to live with it. Thus, it has been found that positive MSM in the Asia Pacific are left to mend their lives, their sexual identities, and relate anew post-HIV with the world outside, the best they can; in many cases with minimal social or institutional support.



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People Living with HIV Stigma Index Asia Pacific Regional Report 2011. Cameron S, Wilson J, Hows J, et al. (2011)

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This report provides findings from the rollout of the People Living with HIV Stigma Index (PLHIV Stigma Index) in nine countries in the Asia/Pacific Region (Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, Fiji, Myanmar, Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka, and Thailand). It provides the first large-scale regional comparison of standardised HIV-related stigma indicators. The results represent an extraordinary effort by people living with HIV, PLHIV organisations and supporting domestic and international agencies.

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Regional Programme for East Asia and the Pacific 2009 - 2012 Challenges, Achievements and the Way Ahead - Implementation Update: 2. UNODC (2011)

Regional Programme for East Asia and the Pacific 2009 - 2012 Challenges, Achievements and the Way Ahead - Implementation Update: 2. UNODC (2011) While Section 2 of this report provides a full account of our contribution to Regional Programme outcomes and outputs, a few key examples are summarised below:

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