A White House effort to upgrade Malaysia's trafficking status to include it in a massive free trade deal risks elevating economic issues over human rights.
State media announced that people “convicted of the crimes against the country and its people” could receive amnesty, but it’s unclear how many prisoners will actually be freed.
Saudi Arabia has deported more than half a million foreign workers since 2013. Those being kicked out report being the victims of serious human rights abuses during detention and deportation.
Qatar says it will improve its appalling labor rights record, but human rights groups say the proposed changes will not do enough to change the slave-like conditions endured by foreign workers.