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Malaysia considers amending human trafficking law after US report

KUALA LUMPUR:  Malaysia’s new government said on Saturday it is considering amending laws on human trafficking and migrant smuggling just days after the U.S. State Department reported a lack of progress in the country’s efforts to counter trafficking in the past year. The Home Ministry said proposals under discussion focused on protecting victims, by giving them more freedom of movement and work, and introducing stiffer penalties for traffickers. On Thursday, the U.S. State Department released its annual Trafficking In…

Pop singer Daler Mehndi gets two-year jail term – Here’s why

NEW DELHI:  Famed Indian pop singer Daler Mehndi has been sentenced to two years in prison after he was convicted in a 2003 human trafficking case by a court in New Delhi today, according to Indian news agency ANI. Mehndi was reportedly taken into custody by the Punjab Police as soon as his conviction was announced. But soon after his conviction on Friday (March 15), Mehndi approached the local court and he was granted bail, according to Economic Times. Daler Mehndi, 50, and his brother, Shamsher Singh, had been…

SC seeks measures to eradicate menace of human trafficking

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Tuesday summoned interior and foreign secretaries in a case pertaining to human trafficking in the country, especially Punjab where a number of such cases have surfaced lately. Headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar, a three-judge bench also summoned Advocate General of Punjab to assist it in the case. The court observed there were issues stemming from lack of coordination between the state institutions. The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) director general informed…

Ninety migrants, mostly Pakistanis, feared dead in shipwreck off Libya

GENEVA/TRIPOLI: An estimated 90 migrants are feared to have drowned off the coast of Libya after a smuggler’s boat capsized early on Friday, leaving three known survivors and 10 bodies washed up on shore, the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) said. Survivors told aid workers that most of the migrants on board were Pakistanis, who form a growing group heading to Italy from North Africa, IOM spokeswoman Olivia Headon, speaking from Tunis, told a Geneva news briefing. “They have given an estimate of 90 who…

Pakistan calls on UNSC to address root causes of human trafficking

NEW YORK: At the United Nations, Pakistan called for addressing the root causes of conflict to combat the heinous crime of human trafficking. Speaking in the open debate of the UN Security Council on Trafficking in Persons in Conflict Situations, Pakistan’s Ambassador to the UN Dr. Maleeha Lodhi told the 15-member council, that as the primary body tasked with maintaining peace and security, it also needs to address the root causes of conflict to remove grounds where such crimes breed. "Unless we eliminate the breeding…

Turbat killings: 16 human trafficking suspects rounded up

GUJRANWALA: The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) on Tuesday claimed to have rounded up 16 human trafficking suspects from different parts of the country, ARY News reported. FIA’s deputy director Khalid Anees said the suspects were arrested from Quetta, Sialkot, Hafizabad Gujranwala, Gujrat, and Mandi Bahaudin. Of the sixteen alleged human traffickers, seven were arrested from Gujranwala alone, he said and added that the FIA has recovered 147 passports, computerized national identity cards, medical certificates, fake…

US push Pakistan to repeal blasphemy laws

GENEVA: The United States has urged Pakistan to repeal blasphemy laws and also take steps including enacting a legislation to penalize human trafficking. Jesse Bernstein, representing US at the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) held in Geneva on Monday, asked Pakistan to rescind blasphemy laws and grant the visit request of the UN Special Rapporteur on the Promotion and Protection of the Right to Freedom of Opinion and Expression. He also called for passing an anti-trafficking law “that prohibits and penalizes all forms…

Thai general found guilty of human trafficking of Rohingya migrants

BANGKOK: A Thai general was found guilty of human trafficking on Wednesday as a Bangkok court convicted scores of people in a mass trial exposing the lynchpin role of corrupt officials in the grim, lucrative trade in Rohingya and Bangladeshi migrants. Thailand's junta launched a crackdown in May 2015 on a network funnelling desperate migrants through southern Thailand and onto Malaysia, holding some for ransom in jungle camps. It unspooled a crisis across Southeast Asia as gangmasters abandoned their human cargo in the…

PML-N MNA found involved in human trafficking

ISLAMABAD: Babar Nawaz Khan, a PML-N MNA from treasury benches has allegedly been found involved in human trafficking and has been blacklisted, ARY News reported. According to ARY News correspondent Azhar Farooq, Nawaz Khan has reportedly managed to send several persons abroad by forming bogus delegations to many European countries and through other illegal means. Several missions in the federal capital had been investigating his malicious activities since last year and during this period few embassies also issued him…

Emirati princesses convicted in Belgium for human trafficking

BRUSSELS: Eight Emirati princesses were convicted of human trafficking by a Belgian court on Friday and were given suspended jail terms and fines in a case stemming from their treatment of servants at a Brussels luxury hotel nearly 10 years ago, their lawyer said. The Brussels criminal court handed the eight women from Abu Dhabi's ruling al-Nahyan family 15-month suspended sentences for human trafficking and degrading treatment, the lawyer, Stephen Monod, said. He said the defense was pleased the case was finally…