Today, 31 August, the European Court for Human Rights (ECHR) decided that it will review the application filed by French sex workers against the 2016 law criminalising the purchase of sex. The Court acknowledging the applicants’ alleged violation of their rights under Articles 2 (right to life), 3 (prohibition of inhuman or degrading treatment), and 8 (right to respect to private life) of the European Convention on Human Rights. Therefore, the Court declared the application admissible and emphasised the harmful consequences of the Act for sex workers. See more about the case here.
The Court will rule on the merits of the case in a subsequent judgment.
See the joint statement by the European Sex Workers’ Rights Alliance and Médecins du Monde here.