Human rights violations in labor outsourcing

This excellent resource list (see below) is taken from the article “Sanders is right: Migrant laborers in Malaysia are forced into working under ‘slave-like conditions'” published by Politifact.   It verifies a statement made by a political candidate running for office, “In Malaysia … many of the workers are indentured servants because their passports are taken away when they come into this country and are working in slave-like conditions.” — Bernie Sanders on Monday, April 4th, 2016 in an interview with the New York Daily News

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New York Daily News, TRANSCRIPT: Bernie Sanders meets with the Daily News Editorial Board, April 1, 2016,” April 4, 2016

Email interview with Warren Gunnels, policy director for Bernie Sanders, April 6, 2016

Verite, “FORCED LABOR IN THE PRODUCTION OF ELECTRONIC GOODS IN MALAYSIA: A Comprehensive Study of Scope and Characteristics,” Sept. 2014

The Guardian, “Modern-day slavery rife in Malaysia’s electronics industry,” Sept. 17, 2014

U.S. State Department, “Malaysia 2014 Human Rights Report

U.S. State Department, Trafficking in Persons Report, 2001-2015

U.S. Dept. of Labor, “List of Goods Produced by Child Labor or Forced Labor,” accessed March 7, 2016

Human Rights Watch, ” ‘They Deceived Us at Every Step’: Abuse of Cambodian Domestic Workers Migrating to Malaysia,” Oct. 31, 2011


Wall Street Journal,Palm-Oil Migrant Workers Tell of Abuses on Malaysian Plantations,” Jul 26, 2015

Government Accountability Office, “U.S. Partners Are Addressing Labor Commitments, but More Monitoring and Enforcement Are Needed,” Nov. 2014

Columbia Law Review,Labor Rights in the Peru Agreement: Can Vague Principles Yield Concrete Change?” June 2009

International Labour Review, Free trade agreements and labour rights: Recent developments,” June 28, 2008

Congressional Research Service, “Proposed U.S.-Colombia Free Trade Agreement: Labor Issues,” April 14, 2011

Washington Office on Latin America, “DR-CAFTA and Worker’s Rights: Moving from Paper to Practice,” May 2009

Reuters, “Special Report: State Department watered down human trafficking report,” Aug. 3, 2015

Huffington Post, “Obama Shrugs Off Global Slavery To Protect Trade Deal,” July 27, 2015

Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, “Malaysia-United States Labour Consistency Plan,” Nov. 2015

Human Rights Watch, “Q&A: The Trans-Pacific Partnership,” Jan. 12, 2016

Journal of International Commerce and Economics,Labor Standards and Trade:  A Review of Recent Empirical Evidence,” Aug. 2012

Youtube, “Globalization and Labor Conditions,” Feb. 27, 2009