Violating domestic laws and international human rights conventions, ‘Custody and Education’ is a form of administrative detention that allows police to detain sex workers and their clients without charge or trial for a period of six month to two years for “legal and moral education, and participate in production”. Asia Catalyst, an NGO promoting rights to health, will launch a new report at the FCCC which documents testimony of sex workers who have been held in detention centers, and illustrates the rights violations that occur in these facilities. Compiled with research done together with two community-based sex worker organizations, the report is prefaced by a short analysis of international and domestic law which illustrates conflicts within the domestic legal system and China’s compliance with international covenants. The report will be available in print version Chinese and English at the event.
DATE: Dec 10 (Tuesday)
VENUE: Embassy of the Czech Republic. 2 Ritan Lu, Jianguomenwai
ENTRANCE: free to FCCC members, 80 rmb on the door to non-members
ABOUT THE SPEAKER: Advocacy Director of Asia Catalyst, Shen Tingting has been a prominent HIV/AIDS and human rights advocate in Beijing, and has been working with marginalized communities since her college days. In 2007, Tingting co-founded the Korekata AIDS Law Center with Li Dan, and until 2012 she was the deputy director of its parent organization, Dongjen Center for Human Rights Education and Action, where she founded and managed an outreach program for sex workers in Beijing.
Tingting received her MA in Social Welfare from Renmin University of China in 2009, and served as a visiting research fellow at Asia Catalyst from March August 2012.