Brunei Darussalam

Human Rights, 119 bipartisan Members of the House of Representatives, 12 June 2014,  “We write to express our concern over the Government of Brunei Darussalam’s recently adopted penal code, which threatens the human rights of minority groups including women, religious minorities, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) individuals, and urge you to insist that Brunei address these human rights violations as a condition of the United States participating with them in any further Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade negotiations.” (Over half of the House Democratic caucus and former House Foreign Affairs Chairman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL))

Labour, 153 Democrat Members of the House of Representatives, 29 May 2014, “In Brunei, concerns about freedom of association also persist, including … documentation of a prohibition on strikes and a failure of the law to protect workers who face dismissal related to union activities.  The Department of State also found lax enforcement of protections of foreign workers, including “credible reports” of migrant workers “paying the equivalent of two months’ wages to fictitious employers to obtain labor passes.” Brunei also just recently adopted Sharia Law, with penalties that include flogging, dismemberment, and stoning, raising much broader human rights issues, as well as basic concerns about sex-based discrimination in employment. These issues must be addressed in a serious and meaningful way in order for the TPP to move forward.  We must do everything possible to prevent the American marketplace from being flooded with imports manufactured by workers laboring without human dignity and individual rights. The Administration must refrain from validating such woefully inadequate labor norms and the final agreement should be withheld until these countries embrace the need to reform their labor laws and move aggressively to implement them.”

Labour,  28 Democrat Members of the House of Representatives, 20 January 2010, “Given the disconcerting labor rights records of Vietnam and Brunei, the issue of enforcement will be a critical one in the TPP negotiations … TPP labor standards must require signatories to enforce the core ILO standards.”  (House Trade Working Group)