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EU report points finger at human trafficking in Macau

The European Union (EU) annual report on Human Rights and Democracy in the World 2016 highlights that ‘the major issues challenging human rights’ in the city are ‘trafficking in human beings, the lack of a framework for greater democratic participation, and the failure to enforce laws regarding collective bargaining.’ The report also pointed the finger […]

The European Union (EU) annual report on Human Rights and Democracy in the World 2016 highlights that ‘the major issues challenging human rights’ in the city are ‘trafficking in human beings, the lack of a framework for greater democratic participation, and the failure to enforce laws regarding collective bargaining.’
The report also pointed the finger at the Macau SAR Government’s opposition to a suggestion by the United Nations Committee against Torture (UN CAT) to establish an independent human rights body, which argued the recommendation ‘was not applicable to Macao as a Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China.’
On the other hand, the report suggested that the city continued to enjoy ‘a high level of civil liberties and respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms.’
It further stated that ‘the rights and fundamental freedoms’ of the people of Macau ‘continued to be respected and the rule of law was upheld’ in the light of principles defined within the framework of ‘one country, two systems’, enshrined in the Basic Law of Macao.
In 2016, the EU continued to support activities of, exchange information with, and strengthen the capacity of local human rights defenders and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) through seminars and online campaigns.
Following the joint workshop on trafficking in human beings which was held in January 2016, the report claimed that the ‘EU and Macao look forward to reinforcing their co-operation in this area.’

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