Extract from “The Facts on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Compared to the Obama Administration’s Claims”

9. Human Rights
The USTR claims “Through the commitments in TPP, we can press to ensure that people everywhere are treated with dignity and respect.”

The Obama showed its ‘commitment’ to human rights through its treatment of Malaysia. Malaysia was initially not eligible to be a member of the TPP because if its record of human rights abuses, including human trafficking i.e., slavery. Many US electronics corporations have outsourced their labor to Malaysia. Instead of demanding higher human rights standards for Malaysia before granting it membership, the US State Department arbitrarily altered its human rights status to make Malaysia eligible.

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