TPP Deal Set to Advance Human Rights

In an article in The Washington Blade, politicians discuss how the new TPP deal will advance human rights. The deal outlines standards including environmental protection, protecting intellectual property by multinational corporations, and anticorruption laws. Several countries, in particular Brunei, lack legislation that protects certain human rights. Primarily extramarital relationships and homosexuality are punishable under Brunei’s sharia based law. U.S. lawmakers say that the new deal, of which Brunei is a partner, is a first step in improving the human rights situation in Brunei. How will the new work standards help to pave the way for future human rights protection in Brunei? What consequences may Brunei see if it continues under its current legal punishment system? Will some countries still refuse to do trade with Brunei?

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