Saturday, July 11, 2015

Why is the US sugarcoating Malaysia’s awful human rights record?

The United States is upgrading the status of Malaysia in its annual global human-trafficking report, according to Reuters, citing a congressional source. In last year’s Trafficking in Persons (TIP) report, Malaysia had been classified as “Tier-3”, among countries whose governments do not comply with minimum human rights standards, such as the Trafficking Victims Protection Act, and are making no efforts to do so, according to the 2014 Tip Report.

On July 9, the US State Department reportedly approved a reclassification of the Southeast Asian nation as part of its less egregious “Tier-2 Watch List.”

John Kirby, a spokesman for the State Department, said that the report is still being finalized and that “it would be premature to speculate on any particular outcome.” Nevertheless, members of the international human-rights advocacy community have voiced concerns over possible motives behind such an upgrade.

In a statement released July 9, Melysa Sperber, director of the Alliance to End Slavery and Trafficking (ATEST), said:

Any decision to upgrade Malaysia in the Trafficking in Persons Report is purely political and incredibly detrimental to combating human trafficking in that country. An upgrade lacks all credibility and fails the basic laugh test.

Thousands of trafficked men, women, and children are in dire jeopardy each day in Malaysia: ignoring their plight in favor of trade relations is a slap in the face by the United States.
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