Amnesty International on Tuesday voted in favour of adopting a policy supporting the decriminalisation of prostitution in the face of intense criticism over the highly controversial move.

The decision was taken at the human rights group’s International Council Meeting (ICM) in Dublin by a majority of the 400 delegates from 70 countries.

But the organisation would not give a breakdown of the votes.

While Amnesty hopes the move will help protect the human rights of sex workers, critics say the organisation, set up in London in 1961, risks losing credibility.

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