An industry built on human misery

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The people smuggling trade is a high-profit, low-risk crime. Pic taken from FMT News.

BERLIN: Waves of desperate people are slipping across international borders every year and smugglers are making billions from an industry built on human misery.

The secretive nature of this dark and deadly trade means experts can provide only an educated estimate of the profits it generates for the criminals involved.

But the International Organization for Migration’s (IOM) best assessment is that it’s worth a staggering $US10 billion a year.

“It could even be more,” says Frank Laczko, the director of the IOM’s Global Migration Data Analysis Centre in Berlin.

Laczko is a global leader in migration research and despairs about what the world still doesn’t know: how many people are engaged in smuggling, how many people are smuggled each year, and how many migrants are dying during their journeys.

The several thousand deaths the IOM documents each year is presumed to be just a fraction of the true figure. Read more

Amnesty wants probe into Kayong murder reopened

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Human rights group says perpetrators must be brought to justice in the interest of protecting defenders of human rights from attacks, intimidation and harassment. Pic from FMT News.

PETALING JAYA: The discharge and acquittal of three men, one of whom is said to be the mastermind, in the murder of PKR politician and Sarawak human rights activist Bill Kayong suggests there is no accountability for the crime, says Amnesty International (AI)

Urging the authorities to reopen investigations into the murder, AI Malaysia executive director Shamini Darshni Kaliemuthu said it was necessary to ensure the perpetrators involved in Kayong’s death were brought to justice.

“The Malaysian authorities must strengthen measures to protect all human rights defenders in Malaysia from attacks, intimidation and harassment.

“Any action in the interest of justice in this case would also ensure Kayong’s family is provided reparations for their great loss,” Shamini said. Read more

Ops Lalang: Let bygones be bygones, says Khairuddin

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Former Umno and PPBM man wants Kua Kia Soong, who was imprisoned without trial for 445 days, to focus on improving country with Mahathir. Pic from FMT News.

PETALING JAYA: Khairuddin Abu Hassan has urged Kua Kia Soong to put the past behind him after the Suaram adviser demanded that former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad apologise for the Operasi Lalang which took place 30 years ago.

“Those who were detained are now very close to Tun Mahathir,” the New Generation Party (NewGen) deputy president said today.

He said Kua should let go of the past and address current concerns like saving Malaysia from kleptocracy, overcoming corruption in the government and helping the people. Read more