The President Donald Trump’s administration criticizes China on Tuesday over its rights record, positioning the nation on the side of North Korea and Sudan on a list of the world’s human trafficking offenders. The US administration downgraded China in its yearly “Trafficking in Persons Report,” saying that Beijing is not doing enough to fight the phenomenon or guard its victims.
In its report, it positioned to racial Uighurs, a Muslim-minority region in China, where they are intimidated being in forced labour, and to Beijing’s wholesale rejuvenation of North Koreans without inspecting they were trafficking victims. The report unveiled in Washington by the secretary of state Rex Tillerson said, “Beijing does not fully meet the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking and is not making significant efforts to do so.” It showed the first vital reprimand of China’s rights record by the Trump administration, which has averted cruel criticism of Beijing as the president seeks to set up a working rapport over deep trade divergences and North Korea’s programme. The unveiled annual report also appeared to give a sign the Trump administration’s closer embrace of human rights matters as an important part of its foreign policy.
The five-month-old government has been reserved to emphasize right concerns, having its focus on more barely definite security and economic interests. While speaking at the report’s launch, the president’s daughter and White House assistant, Ivanka Trump said that all the governments have the responsibility to act against human traffickers. “Human trafficking is a pervasive human rights issue. Ending human trafficking is a major foreign policy priority for the Trump administration,” she said. Interestingly, the Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Lu Kang had responded back to it even before the release of the report, saying “China is firmly against the US making irresponsible remarks about another nation’s anti-human trafficking work according to its domestic law.” Earlier, Lu told a regular news briefing hours that China was decisively fighting against human trafficking and that it was ready to work with all the countries to coerce on these cases.
The state Department report ranked the Congo Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Guinea, and Mali in its list of 23 “Tier 3” nations with the worst human trafficking records, which also includes Russia, Iran, Syria, and Venezuela. The Mali and DR Congo were particularly selected for not taking action against the use of child soldiers. The Congo Republic was also named as a vital source and destination country for the trafficking of men, women, and children into the sex nets and forced labour. On the other hand, Tillerson said that approximately 20 million people all over the world are victims of human trafficking, benefitting mischief governments, organized crime and even well-established businesses uninformed of forced labour in their supply chains. “When state actors or non-state actors use human trafficking it becomes a threat to our national security. We hope the 21st century will be the last century of human trafficking,” Tillerson said.
Tillerson particularly singled out North Korea as one of the most heinous offenders, saying that the country has forced 50,000 to 80,000 individuals to work out of the country, mainly in Russia and China, and their pay goes directly to the government. “The North Korean regime receives hundreds of millions of dollars per year from the fruits of forced labour. Responsible nations cannot allow this to go on,” he added. He tied China’s reduce, in part of its acceptance of laborers from North Korea. In the meantime, Afghanistan was advanced for its crackdown on the abuse of boys for social and sexual entertainment and providing shelter for saved children. On the other hand, Myanmar, has been deeply criticized in the past for its large number of child soldiers, was removed from the list of the worst offenders to the “Tier 2 Watch list” for its efforts to stop the progress of the same practice.
Interestingly, the elimination of both Myanmar and Iraq from a special list of countries that use child soldiers brought a huge criticism from Human Rights Watch, which asserted the State Department’s claim of their improvement a “Lie”. The HRW’s advocacy director for children’s rights, Jo Becker said, “The move flies in the face of evidence that both governments are still complicit in child soldier use.” “The US provides Iraq with billions of dollars of military assistance each year; in exchange, it should insist the government put an end to child recruitment by its units. Instead, the state department isn’t even acknowledging Iraq has a child soldier problem,” she added.