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In China, law enforcement practices are hindering sex workers’ ability to access and carry condoms and negatively impacting HIV prevention efforts, Asia Catalyst said in a new report published today. The National Health and Family Planning Commission’s efforts to distribute condoms are being further weakened by lack of coordination with public security officials and contradictory legal and policy frameworks.
The Asia Catalyst report, The Condom Quandary: A Survey of the Impact of Law Enforcement Practices on Effective HIV Prevention among Male, Female, and Transgender Sex Workers in China, documents how relevant laws and law enforcement practices in China are affecting the ability of sex workers to access and carry condoms, as well as access to HIV and Sexual and Reproductive Health services. The research, conducted among 517 male, female, and transgender sex workers in three major Chinese cities, provides unprecedented statistical data and testimonies for this long-discussed issue in China.
The research found that coming into contact with the police is a common occurrence for male, female and transgender sex workers in China. Condoms, a tool that can protect sex workers from sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and HIV, are categorized and targeted as a “tool of offense” in police operations against sex workers. Law enforcement officers search and confiscate condoms, and use the possession of condoms to pressure individuals to make a confession. The police are treating the possession of condoms as a determinant factor in whether or not to arrest sex workers or hand down penalties. (more…)
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Letter from the Executive Director
These first three months as Executive Director of Asia Catalyst have been extremely exciting for me. I thank all of you, and our wonderful staff and Board, for the outpouring of support and inspiration during this initial, challenging period! It is especially meaningful to join the team as Asia Catalyst celebrates ten years of supporting community-based advocacy on the right to health.
Our program staff continue to work tirelessly, crisscrossing the region to train and coach grassroots project partners to strengthen their organizations, bolster advocacy efforts, and provide opportunities to build stronger advocacy coalitions and strengthen human rights knowledge and skills.
In China, we’ve provided intensive on-site training with several of our partners. We conducted advocacy coaching to the Youth LGBT Network and management coaching to the Xishuangbanna Red Ribbon Center. We also held a strategic planning workshop for 15 members of community-based organizations (CBOs) representing lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people, people living with HIV (PLHIV), hemophiliacs and people with disabilities.
Since November 2015, Duan Hongbo has been collaborating with other associations working with people with disabilities in Gansu Province and Beijing, China to spark concrete changes to benefit all people living with disabilities.
Duan Hongbo was on his way home from Bangkok when he stopped for a connecting flight in Chengdu, China. His first leg, three hours on China Eastern Airlines, had been pleasant enough. After three days at Asia Catalyst’s CBO Catalyst workshop, he was ready to return to the northwestern city of Baiyin, China. His journey was cut short, however, when China Eastern Airlines refused to admit Duan, who has a visual impairment, for being “unaccompanied.”
This is discriminatory and violates Duan Hongbo’s protected rights. Armed with skills and knowledge learned in the CBO Catalyst program, Duan immediately began conducting advocacy for his rights.
Marooned in a new city, Asia Catalyst helped Duan contact a 2013 CBO Catalyst graduate who lived in Chengdu. Together, the activists alerted local media using Cheng’s existing contacts and began to raise public awareness on the incident. (more…)