Campaigners protest against United Nations stance on prostitution

first_imgThe Guardian 21 Sept 2013Former prostitutes and groups campaigning against sex trafficking will launch an international protest against UN reports that recommend the decriminalisation of pimping, brothel-keeping and the purchase of sex.As global leaders gather in New York for the UN general assembly, the protesters claim that decriminalisation of the sex trade will endanger women.“Governments around the world look to the United Nations to determine their policy and I am dismayed that any part of the UN would call for the decriminalisation of pimping and brothel-keeping,” said Lauren Hersh, the New York director of the women’s rights group Equality Now.The pressure group is writing to Ban Ki-moon and other branches of the UN on Sunday with co-signatures from lobby groups in the UK, US and around the world.“We don’t believe these reports’ recommendations will make women safer and decriminalisation provides an attractive environment for traffickers, pimps and organised crime,” said Hersh. read more

Palliative care specialists reject End of Life Choice bill

first_imgStuff 27 April 2018Family First Comment: Superb. Thank you! medical specialists tasked with guiding us to death are unwilling to administer euthanasia.Senior palliative care specialists gathered on Thursday to warn against the End of Life Choice Bill, currently being considered by a parliament Select Committee.All rejected legalised euthanasia, feared patients might be coerced into death, and considered doctors and nurses ill-equipped to evaluate a person’s readiness to die.Hibiscus Hospice palliative medicine specialist Professor Rod MacLeod said patients were prone to changing their mind.“Almost always when people are asking for a quick way out, what they’re saying is: ‘I don’t want to live like this’.”New Zealand’s palliative care – which ranks third in the world – was well designed for people with terminal cancer and neuro-muscular disorders, he said.“There’s a large cohort of people who are dying of heart failure, respiratory disease, dementia – in particular – who don’t ever get referred to palliative care services.”These people were most vulnerable to coercion from family to end their life, which was impossible to identify, he said.READ MORE:–reject-end-of-life-choice-billlast_img read more