WASHINGTON: The United States on Thursday (Jun 20) added Saudi Arabia and Cuba to its blacklist of countries that it says are not doing enough to fight human trafficking, a designation that could bring sanctions.In an annual report, the State Department faulted ally Saudi Arabia for rampant violations against its vast foreign labour force and accused adversary Cuba of trafficking through its program of sending doctors overseas.Other countries that remained on Tier 3, the worst ranking in the report, included China, Myanmar, North Korea, Russia and Venezuela.A Tier 3 designation means that the United States can restrict assistance or withdraw support for the country at the International Monetary Fund or other global development bodies.Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that the United States last year took measures against 22 countries due to the human trafficking designation."That action and the message that goes with it is very clear - if you don't stand up to trafficking, … [Read more...] about US adds Saudi Arabia, Cuba to blacklist on human trafficking
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SIX DEAD, 200 INJURED IN ELECTION PROTESTS After a day of relative calm yesterday as the long-awaited election results were finally announced, there was an outbreak of violence in the Indonesian capital today. A group of some 300 clashed with police on Wednesday morning. The Inspector-General told reporters that 14 vehicles, including three belonging to the police, were set on fire and some 58 “provocateurs” had been arrested. Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan meanwhile said that six people had died and 200 others were injured. The big picture: Indonesia, Jakarta especially, has been tense since the April 17 election that featured a rematch between President Joko Widodo and former general Prabowo Subianto. Fears of violence and terror attacks surrounding the official release of the results had prompted foreign missions like the US embassy to issue warnings of a “heightened risk of terrorism”, with the Indonesian government mobilising 32,000 troops to keep … [Read more...] about Asian Insider May 22: In Indonesia, unrest “by design”?