Two high-profile organisations that support victims of sexual violence have condemned Amnesty International for voting in favour of decriminalising prostitution, and one has cancelled its membership of the human rights body.
The Sexual Violence Centre in Cork has withdrawn its support from Amnesty following a decision by director Mary Crilly to email the organisation yesterday cancelling its membership.
Ms Crilly’s criticism of the Amnesty move was echoed by Dublin Rape Crisis Centre chief executive Ellen O’Malley Dunlop, who said it “goes against everything Amnesty ever stood for”.
Both women predicted that other members of the Turn Off The Red Light campaign to end prostitution and sex trafficking would also come out against Amnesty. The campaign has the support of approximately 70 different bodies as diverse as the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation, the Labour Party, and the Union of Students in Ireland.
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