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Young people and the law in Asia and the Pacific

18.11.2013

The report, commissioned by UNESCO, UNFPA, UNAIDS, UNDP and Youth LEAD and undertaken by John Godwin, is a systematic review of how laws and policies govern young people’s access to sexual and reproductive health (SRH) and HIV information and services, and the ability of service providers to ensure these services are available and accessible to young people.

The report assesses criminal laws, laws in relation to age, laws on health and HIV, law enforcement practices, and national policies relating to HIV, SRH and youth. In addition to describing laws, policies and practices that impede access to services, the review highlights examples of laws, policies and practices that are supportive of the rights of young people to access services in the region. And importantly, it includes the views and experiences of young people in accessing SRH and HIV services, including on issues such as age of consent, age and marriage requirements for services, and attitudes of service providers.

The report concludes with recommendations to create an enabling environment for young people, including priority areas of legal reform, improvements that can and should be made in law enforcement practices, efforts to expand youth leadership and participation on legal and human rights issues related to SRH and HIV, and entry points within SRH and HIV policies and programmes.

 

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Young people and the law in Asia and the Pacific: A review of laws and policies affecting young people’s access to sexual and reproductive health and HIV services
Bangkok: UNESCO Bangkok, 2013, 120 p.

ISBN: 978-92-9223-460-7 (Print)
ISBN: 978-92-9223-461-4 (Electronic)