Malaysia’s order for 1.5 million Bangladeshi workers is a highly controversial issue on more than one count, says Rani Rasiah.
“Today’s world must respect human rights. No country can feel safe without respecting human rights and democracy” said Dr Mizanur Rahman, Chairperson of the National Human Rights Commission of Bangladesh while inaugurating the fifth General Forum of the Solidarity for Asian People’s Advocacy (Sapa).
Among Burma’s ethnic minorities, the Rohingya, a stateless population, stand out for their particularly harsh treatment by Burmese authorities and their invisibility as a persecuted minority. Despite decades of severe repression, there has been minimal international response to the needs of this extremely vulnerable population compared to other Burmese refugees, observe Sean Garcia and Camilla Olson of Refugees International.
Workers in Tesco’s foreign stores are earning as little as eight pence an hour, they claim. An investigation by The Daily Telegraph has discovered that dozens of
people subcontracted to work up to 80 hours a week in Tesco’s
supermarkets in Malaysia found themselves employed in circumstances
that meet the United Nations’ definition of forced labour.