Bodies As Battlegrounds: Debating The Pros And Cons Of The Decriminalization Of Sex Work

In August, 2015, Amnesty International voted in favor of a policy that calls for the full decriminalization of consensual sex work. Definitions of sex work will vary. This author uses the term to refer “…to the consensual exchange of sexual services between adults for money or goods"...The Amnesty vote was supposed to make it possible for proposals to be drafted to rewrite legislation in countries which criminalize the consensual sale and purchase of sex. Sex work is already partially decriminalized in the United Kingdom and Canada...Now many sex workers in the United States are wondering when they’ll get their chance to be heard, and see sex work decriminalized here. This author asked some of them for their thoughts on the subject.

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The Shocking Truth About China’s Organ Transplant Industry

In May 2006 the Coalition to Investigate the Persecution of Falun Gong in China (CIPFG), an organization headquartered in Washington D.C., asked former Canadian Minister of State for Asia and the Pacific David Kilgour and David Matas, an international human rights lawyer, to investigate the claims of organ harvesting from living Falun Gong practitioners. They were able to pull together 18 pieces of evidence that point to systematic organ harvesting mainly from living Falun gong practitioners.

Irish women heading home for Christmas urged to check in for choice by the London–Irish Abortion Rights Campaign

This year, the London-Irish Abortion Rights Campaign is challenging the governments of both regions to not only bear witness to the homecoming, but recognise the thousands of women they force to travel the other way; often alone, facing stigma, and knowing that legally their lives and personal choices are not valued...The #choice4xmas campaign will run from December 16th. We’re asking ex-pats to check-in on social media at airports and ferry ports, with the suggested text: "Travelling home to Ireland & thinking of the 11 women a day who travel to Britain for an abortion #choice4xmas #repealthe8th #Extend1967Act".

“Breaking Free”: Rally For Repeal Takes Place In Kilkenny, Ireland

The Anti-Austerity Alliance/People Before Profit (AAA/PBP) will be bringing a bill to Dail Eireann on the 25th of October, seeking a referendum on the 8th amendment of the Irish Constitution, which makes abortion illegal. With two thirds of the population now saying they want to repeal the 8th we are calling on our elected TDs to support democracy. The bill will be formally voted on on the 27th of October.

Stories From The Safe Room

On Wednesday, August 24th, students and faculty at the American University of Afghanistan (AUAF) in Kabul either tried to escape or scrambled for cover as attackers launched a deadly assault on the campus. Media outlets are reporting that the attack lasted between nine and ten hours. Maryam Danesh was on campus at the time of the attack. She describes the experience of being on campus when the attackers first struck, then being shuffled between safe rooms in an email exchange with Queens Free Press.