Possible local connection in Perlis mass grave, says Zahid

Source: The Malaysian Insider

Home Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi at the Malaysian-Thai border in Perlis. Zahid says local authorities may have been involved in the deaths of some 100 people found buried in a mass grave in Padang Besar. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, May 26, 2015.

Home Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi at the Malaysian-Thai border in Perlis. Zahid says local authorities may have been involved in the deaths of some 100 people found buried in a mass grave in Padang Besar. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, May 26, 2015.

The Home Ministry says that local authorities may be complicit in causing the deaths of the people found buried in a mass grave in Padang Besar, Perlis. Home Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said there was a possibility of this happening and that police were investigating the matter.

“We suspect some of them,” he said, when asked if human trafficking agents and enforcement officers could be in cahoots. Read more

Human trafficking victim: We were treated like animals

Source: The Malay Mail Online

KUALA LUMPUR, May 26 — Following the discovery of mass graves where hundreds of starved and tortured migrants from Myanmar and Bangladesh were buried at abandoned detention camps in Wang Kelian and Padang Besar, Malay Mail met up with Mohd Junaid Ahmad Mohd Yunus, 29, who made the perilous journey from Myanmar to Thailand by boat and by foot to Malaysia four years ago.

He recalls that Myanmar army personnel had warned that those living in his village would either end up dead or become slaves to human traffickers if they did not flee the country.

After surviving the human trafficking camp in Thailand, he was able to integrate into the Rohingya community in Malaysia.

Junaid is now a religious teacher involved with the Rohingya community residing nearby the Selayang Wholesale Market in Kuala Lumpur. Read more

Malaysia & its battle against human trafficking

HAKAM notes that for year 2012 to 2013, the US State Department found the Malaysian standard in combating human trafficking to have significantly dropped,  but granted waiver from downgrading its Tier 2 (significant effort to comply with TVPA) to Tier 3 (no effort to comply with TVPA) . When no improvement was recorded, Malaysia was automatically downgraded to Tier 3 in 2014 . (see: US State Dept Report 2014)

OFFICE TO MONITOR AND COMBAT TRAFFICKING IN PERSONS

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Malaysia Makes Inroads In Battling Human Trafficking
By Kurniawati Kamarudin
Source: Bernama (2011)

KUALA LUMPUR, (Bernama) — They are promised good paying jobs in another country but upon arrival they are sent to the sex trade against their will or forced labour in what is now considered as modern day slavery.

They are the victims of a highly organised crime known as human trafficking, now considered the third biggest cross border crime after drugs and weapons.

Human trafficking is a global problem that notably has been on the rise over the last decade. According to Amnesty International, since 2004 about 700,000 people have been trafficked annually for the sex trade alone.

However, it is most unfortunate that Malaysia is seen as a lucrative place by human trafficking rackets to carry out their activities.

MALAYSIA’S RECORD IN HUMAN TRAFFICKING

This had blemished the country’s reputation and efforts have been taken by the authorities to redeem the nation’s image.Nonetheless, the unwavering effort of the authorities have helped to improve the nation’s standing in the United State’s Trafficking In Persons (TIP) report compiled by the State Department to Tier 2** in 2010, an improvement from Tier 3 in the 2009.The TIP ranks individual nations based on conformity to the minimum standards set for efforts taken in combating human trafficking where Tier 1 indicating full compliance to Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA), Tier 2 indicating significant efforts taken to comply with TVPA while Tier 3 denotes no efforts being taken to conform with TVPA. Read more

Take trafficking of refugees seriously – Alice Nah

Source: The Malaysian Insider

AAEAAQAAAAAAAALNAAAAJGM1ODUzMzQ1LWZmYzctNGM4OS04NGMxLTVjMTdhMDcwMTUzMwJAN 22, 2009 — Although denial is a common political strategy, it is still a terrible disappointment when used by our leaders — especially when their actions can curb violent crime and alleviate the suffering of many.

Last week, the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee drew attention to the trafficking of migrants and refugees at the Malaysia-Thai border. They highlighted the shocking fact that Malaysian law enforcement officials are complicit in the “sale” of people to human smugglers/traffickers.

Home Minister Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar denied this flatly, referring to them as “wild accusations”. To his credit, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi provided a more diplomatic reply, stating that the government did not tolerate such a practice and requested for information to be passed on for further action. Read more

139 grave sites and 28 death camps found in Perlis so far

Source: The Rakyat Times

border picA total of 139 grave sites and 28 human trafficking ‘death camps’ have been found in Perlis so far, outnumbering the discoveries of similar grave sites on the Thai side of the border.

The graves likely contain the remains of hundreds of Bangladeshi and Burmese Rohingya migrants at the centre of the current human trafficking crisis.

Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar told Reuters that 139 graves had been found during the period May 11 – May 23, with one being just 100m away from the mass grave with 26 corpses discovered in Songkhla earlier this month.

After the Songkhla discovery, the Home Ministry had initially claimed that no such camps existed on the Malaysian side of the border. Read more