Friday, 17 January 2014

Memorial Notice: In loving memory of our friend and human rights warrior Andrew Paul Hunter


Vale Andrew Paul Hunter
 22/01/1968 - 26/12/2014
We are still so deeply saddened by the loss of our friend and colleague Andrew Hunter who died suddenly in Bangkok on Boxing Day. 

Andrew had devoted his entire adult life to social justice for maligned and marginalised communities particularly that of sex workers and people living with HIV. His passing has not just left a hole in our hearts but has also left a giant hole in the sex worker rights movement.  

We will miss his leadership and seemingly unstoppable energy in advancing the rights of sex workers and other marginalised communities that he represented so admirably and selflessly. Known by some as the gentle mentor, Andrew was the current President of the Global Network of Sex Work Projects (NSWP), founding co-ordinator of the Scarlet Alliance and a founding member of the Asia Pacific Network of Sex Workers (APNSW).

In honour of our friend Andrew and for those who cannot be in Bangkok at his formal memorial service on Saturday 18th January, we will be holding a small intimate service in Melbourne on the day to mourn his passing but above all, to celebrate his life, his loves and his passion for righting wrongs and consider a permanent memorial to honour Andrew's contribution to sex worker rights.

If you can't be at any of the the memorial services being held for Andrew, light a red candle in his honour, unfurl your red umbrella, raise your glasses and give thanks for the friendships and alliances he so lovingly encouraged. It is these memories and our friendships and alliances that will sustain us in our loss and bolster us as we continue to pursue Andrew's dream where only rights will stop the wrongs.

For information on the Melbourne memorial service location and time please send an email to julie@urbanrealists.com.au

Signed: Independent collective of sex workers and allies remembering Andrew Hunter (ICOSWA)

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