PRESIDENT OBAMA PRESSURING FOREIGN GOVERNMENTS TO REGULATE HUMAN TRAFFICKING
In a memo issued on November 1, 2010, President Obama stated that the U.S. will not be providing financial assistance to Burma, Zimbabwe, Cuba, the Democratic People’s Republic of North Korea, Eritrea or Iran until these countries begin to comply with the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2009. As of right now, these countries are not doing much to put an end to human trafficking, and, by issuing this statement, President Obama has made it quite clear that the U.S. will not tolerate this behavior.
Until the countries make changes to solve the human trafficking problem, the U.S. will not give them any more money in aid. The only exception to this, according to Mr. Obama, is a partial waiver that will allow funding for programs that help victims of human trafficking and for programs that work to stop human trafficking.
By issuing this policy, Mr. Obama has once again demonstrated that the U.S. does not tolerate any violations of human rights. To read the full Presidential Memo, click here.
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