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Amnesty tells governments to stop criminalising sex lives

Published on Mar 6, 2014 8:30 AM

LONDON (AFP) - Amnesty International on Thursday urged governments to stop criminalising people's sex lives, and instead protect their right to control their own bodies.

The London-based human rights organisation launched a global two-year campaign aimed at defending sexual and reproductive rights against state control.

Amnesty said that around the world, people were "coerced, criminalised and discriminated against" for making choices about their bodies and their lives.

It said that in many cases, the state, medical professionals or relatives undermine people's freedom to make decisions about their bodies, sexuality and reproductive lives.

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