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The Trans-Pacific Partnership: Undermining Human Rights

The controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) would grant Malaysia, one of the world's worst human trafficking offenders, privileged access to the U.S. market. The Obama administration concluded TPP negotiations with Malaysia in October 2015, despite the discovery of mass graves for human trafficking victims in Malaysia. The TPP also includes Vietnam, despite Vietnam's jailing of political dissidents, systematic anti-union repression and widespread use of child labor. The deal would also forge closer ties between the United States and Brunei, which has enacted a new sharia-based penal code that criminalizes homosexuality and threatens to punish single mothers by stoning to death.

The TPP's inclusion of such notorious human rights abusers has shocked and angered many members of Congress and leading human rights, labor, LGBT, women's and religious organizations. See some of their statements of concern below. Instead of heeding these concerns, the Obama administration has chosen to turn a blind eye to grave human rights violations in a cynical bid to salvage the TPP. Of the 5000+ pages of the final TPP, the words "human rights" do not appear even once.

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