A coalition of human rights advocates, faith leaders, and local activists will host a press conference, rally and march to the US Mission to the United Nations to highlight ongoing, widespread human trafficking in Malaysia and its connection to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal.
On July 27th, the State Department upgraded Malaysia’s human trafficking rating despite continuing abuses and deteriorating enforcement. Human rights groups have called the move a cynical ploy to ease passage of the TPP. Legislation in Congress would have barred Fast Tracking any trade deal with countries in the State Department’s worst human trafficking ratings bracket, which until the upgrade included Malaysia. Some observers have furthermore pointed out that trade deals like the TPP can actually create the conditions for human trafficking by encouraging race-to-the-bottom labor standards.
The upgrade comes just two months after the discovery of human trafficking camps and mass graves in Malaysia. The event takes place as the US pushed and failed to complete TPP negotiations in Hawaii, and also coincides with Secretary of State John Kerry’s arrival in Malaysia for talks with ASEAN member states.
Join them at Noon, August 4, outside the Consulate General of Malaysia, 313 E 43rd Street, Manhattan.
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Speakers include the following:
J. Herbert Nelson II, Director of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A viagra espagne prix.) Office of Public Witness (OPW) in Washington, DC
Imam Aiyub Baki, Islamic Leadership Council of New York
Rev. Stephen Phelps, former Interim Senior Minister at Riverside Church in NYC
Bernadette Ellorin, co-founder of BAYAN USA, an organization with 18 member groups across the US advocating against trafficking of Philippine workers in the US.
Shahid Comrade, Secretary General, Pakistan-USA Freedom Forum
Sen. Robert Menendez, whose Amendment to Fast Track requires that trade agreements include only countries without egregious human trafficking records; NYS Sen. Andrew Lanza, primary co-sponsor of an Assembly bill against human trafficking in New York (A9804); Taina Bien-Aime, Dir of Coalition Against Trafficking in Women International and former Director of Equality Now; Hon. Judy Kluger, Director of Sanctuary for Families, service provider/advocate for survivors of domestic violence, sex trafficking, and related forms of gender violence.