Lecture on German Prostitution Laws

Dear everyone,

Jus Humanis is pleased to invite you to a student lecture on German Prostitution Laws and the Protection of Human Rights, which will be followed by a round table discussion with the purpose of drafting a letter to branches of the German government. The event will take place in the Beijing Room of the Raoul Wallenberg Institute at 5pm on Wednesday the 4th of December

A short lecture will be held by our German member Lynn, who would like to take the opportunity to inform you on the current prostitution laws in Germany and the effects they have had.

While Germany legalized prostitution in 2001, the new coalition agreement puts forward an intention to tighten these laws – which leads us to the second part of the event.

After the presentation, we would like to see everyone participate in drafting a letter to the German government. The purpose of this letter is to remind the government of obligations they have under international human rights instruments, while also posing questions as to how the government aims to protect the human rights of sex workers in the future.

If you wish to participate in the drafting of the letter, we would appreciate if you found the time to do a bit of research prior to the event.

Recommended Readings:

– Newspaper article comparing the German and Swedish approaches to prostitution:
http://www.economist.com/news/europe/21589922-has-liberalisation-oldest-profession-gone-too-far-giant-teutonic-brothel?fsrc=scn%2Ffb%2Fwl%2Fagiantteutonicbrothel

– ‘Convention to Eliminate All Forms of Discrimination Against Women’, especially Article 6, which relates to prostitution.

– Then, have a look at what the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women has written on Article 6 (you will find it on bottom of page 5):
http://www.bayefsky.com/themes/equality_gender_violence_general-comments.pdf

– It would also be helpful to have a look at other Human Rights instruments and think about whether certain articles could potentially be violated through legalized prostitution.
For instance, have a look at the European Convention on Human Rights, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.

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