Blueprint for trans people health published

WAS participated in consultation for creating the Blueprint for the Provision of Comprehensive Care for Trans People and Trans Communities in Asia and the Pacific. The document can be found here.

More information is available from the website of the Health Policy Project, which is the main author of the document.


The Blueprint for the Provision of Comprehensive Care for Trans People and Trans Communities in Asia and the Pacific (the Blueprint) is a document with far-reaching potential and applications in trans health and human rights in the region. The purpose of the Blueprint is to strengthen and enhance the policy-related, clinical, and public health responses for trans people in Asia and the Pacific. The primary audience for the Blueprint is health providers, policymakers and governments. The information within the Blueprint could also serve donors, bi- and multilateral organizations and trans and other civil society organizations.

The Asia Pacific Transgender Network (APTN), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and the USAID-funded Health Policy Project (HPP) collaboratively developed the Blueprint. This document is the third in a series of regional trans health Blueprints, and builds on what was produced in Latin America and the Caribbean by the Pan American Health Organization, the Regional Office of the World Health Organization for the Americas.

New translations of the Declaration of Sexual Rights

The revised Declaration of Sexual Rights has now been translated to Japanese, Turkish and Vietnamese. They can be found in the Declaration page

The Sexual Rights Committee thanks everyone, who has and is committing their time and resources to do the translations and proof-reading. All the translations are done by volunteers.

The list of languages will grow significantly during autumn and winter 2014-2015. There are 14 more translations on their way, and they will be published as soon as they are finished.

The revised Declaration of Sexual Rights is here!

The revised Declaration of Sexual Rights is now available in English and Spanish. It is expanded and its format is consistent with international human rights documents. More translations will follow. You can find all the versions in the Resources section.

The WAS Declaration of Sexual Rights was originally proclaimed at the 13th World Congress of Sexology in Valencia, Spain in 1997 and then, in 1999, a revision was approved in Hong Kong by the WAS General Assembly and then reaffirmed in the WAS Declaration: Sexual Health for the Millenium (2008). This revised declaration was approved by the WAS Advisory Council in March, 2014.

See also “Declaration of Sexual Rights presented in United Nations

Statement: Brunei must respect the human rights of sexual minorities

Brunei violates the sexual rights of its citzens with the sharia-based penal code

Open letter to Sultan of Brunei

The World Association for Sexual Health (WAS), along with many other international organizations concerned with human rights and human dignity are deeply alarmed with the promulgation of a new penal code in the Sultanate of Brunei that calls for punishments that are degrading and equivalent to humiliation and torture.

Moreover, the debasing and extremely cruel penalties, which include death by stoning, are intended for sexual practices between persons of the same sex, even if they are consensual and occur in private spaces. This new penal code clearly goes against the Convention of Human Rights, the WAS Declaration of Sexual Rights, and other international conventions that protect the rights to essential freedoms and to intimacy. If this code is enacted the Sultanate of Brunei will be imposing a brutal legislation on its citizens, who aspire to and deserve the same freedoms and liberties enjoyed by citizens in other countries.

WAS strongly protests against this legislation and any laws prohibiting same-sex sexual acts as they are unquestionably discriminatory in nature and deny a large group of people their basic human right to free expression. Furthermore, prohibition
of any kind of consensual sexual acts conflicts with basic human rights. The punishment of death by stoning is particularly objectionable, and any form of this law should be rescinded.

Please immediately take action to change this law in order to protect an important freedom and demonstrate to your citizens and to the international community your commitment to tolerance and human rights.

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