decriminalisation

'Prosecution for drug use often amounts to criminalising the illness of addiction. Far from being a solution, the criminal justice system exacerbates the problem.'
Today as we reflect on our past, while we remember those convicted by unjust laws, we must also remember too those of the Scottish Minorities Group, and its successor organisations, who's campaigning and threat of 'going to Europe', helped make Scotland a better place for all LGBTI people.
"The fact that Nokuphila Khumalo's work entailed sexual acts, and is criminalised, placed her and her many co- workers, at high risk of danger.
Women involved in prostitution cannot wait for support until after a final report is published. The Government must take urgent action now to ensure women involved in prostitution have the support they need. Otherwise, more women will lose their lives or experience even more awful and unnecessary suffering.
Over the past three months, 70 new cases of HIV have been reported in Sri Lanka, representing an increase from this time
If you really care about these vulnerable women, men and children, then instead of spoiling for the fight that the media have predictably turned into the main story, acknowledge that you are unified in your beliefs that the current law doesn't work, that criminalising victims doesn't help and that you want to do something about it?
Through consistently denying the benefits that come with legalising and regulating them and persisting in an expensive and useless war against them, you only prolong and worsen the issue.
In a week where we see Amnesty International attempt to push through policy supporting the discriminalisation of sex buying, pimping and brothel keeping, here comes a report from The Institute of Economic Affairs claiming that 'Decriminalising Britain's' £4billion sex industry would increase protection of women'. It is a claim that further entitles men to pay for the bodies of women, because, well ...they just can't help it. This couldn't be further from the truth.
As we approach a vital general election for the human rights and safety of sex workers the measures being presented by the parties in a policy area which seems - surprisingly, one might think - to transcend traditional left-right divides are more complex than ever
Turning this around requires greater international leadership, political commitment and will, tireless health and human rights advocacy, and a scale-up (rather than down) in donor support for the countries most in need. Only then can we begin to seriously talk about a world without AIDS.
  Since the mid-1990s, Pye Jakobsson from Stockholm, Sweden, has been a sex workers' rights activist and from the 1980s, she
Whether we like it or not, criminalising the buying and selling of sex is an attempt to legislate morality and exercise control over private sexual behaviour. Sex workers are human beings and selling sex is their business. Sex workers must be entitled to the same labour rights as other workers and the same human rights as other people.
Portgual's approach to drug use has been described as "impressive" by a report from an influential committee of MPs - and
It is astonishing that forced marriage is still prevalent in some, mainly tribal, cultures in the name of religion. Sadly that includes some Muslim cultures as well. But mainstream Muslims have been outspoken against forced marriage.
With all the recent talk by Sir Richard Branson about decriminalising drugs, it made me think about the three big moments in my life which changed me, or even (if you like) opened my third eye. What people ingest is up to them, but for me it gave me access to creative worlds whilst running Creation that I would never have got to without the helping hand of the gods.
There is much debate as to what the best model of future drug control might look like, but the important thing is not the specific policy to be implemented, but the principles upon which they will be founded and the freedom for countries to experiment with new approaches.
PRESS ASSOCIATION -- Liberal Democrats are poised to call for the decriminalisation of the possession of all drugs, insisting
Lucas' constituency Brighton has the country's highest drugs-related death rate per capita. And instead of continuing the disastrous war on drugs, she turns to a decriminalisation process that Portugal has adopted for the past decade.