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Young people and the Law in Asia and the Pacific

The report, “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”, was recently released by UNESCO, UNFPA, UNAIDS, UNDP and Youth Lead in the 11th International Congress on AIDS in Asia- Pacific from 18 November to 22 November 2013 in Bangkok, Thailand.

Over 400 key legal and policy documents from all Asia-Pacific countries were analyzed for the report, making it the first systemic review on this topic in the region. Focus group discussions with young people were also undertaken to elicit their views and experiences in accessing sexual and reproductive health (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 offers recommendations on steps that can be taken to address challenges keeping young people from accessing essential health and information services. These cover legal reforms, changes in law enforcement and greater inclusion of young people’s voices in drafting policy related to SRH and HIV services.

This video illustrates the issues and findings in the report. Link: http://unesdoc.unesco.org/images/0022/002247/224782E.pdf