Showing posts from July, 2016

US TIP Report: Brunei Retained Tier 2

BRUNEI has retained its Tier 2 status in the 2016 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report published on Thursday. The report, issued by the United States Department of State in Washington assessed 188 countries including Brunei in terms of the prevention, prosecution and protection aspects. The Brunei Government has made significant efforts to meet the minimum standards of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act for the elimination of trafficking in persons, the Embassy of the United States of America in Brunei Darussalam said in a media statement yesterday. The report has provided a number of recommendations for the Brunei government to increase its efforts to combat human trafficking. “Protecting the most vulnerable among us from human trafficking is difficult work that all governments, and all people, are responsible for. I commend the Brunei Government for its efforts to not only protect the welfare of victims, but also make sure human traffickers are brought to justice under Brunei law,

The Beginning of the Maritime Silk Road

I wrote the following article in Quanzhou when I was hosted by the Chinese to visit China from 12 to 24 June 2016. This was published in my column The Golden Legacy in The Brunei Times on 3 July 2016. +++++ The ruins of the original Qingjing Mosque, the oldest Arab Style Mosque in China. (Photo by Rozan Yunos) The Outer Walls of the Qingjing Mosque Complex in Quanzhou, China (Photo by Rozan Yunos) The Smaller Prayer Hall of the surviving Qingjing Mosque in Quanzhou, China. (Photo by Rozan Yunos) The Chinese Emperor's Edict protecting Muslims in China. (Photo by Rozan Yunos) The Beginning of the Maritime Silk Road by Rozan Yunos OVER the last two weeks, 15 researchers and I were guests of the Chinese as part of an ASEAN delegation of think tanks visiting and discussing with our counterparts in China. The journey took the delegation from Beijing in the North of China to Xiamen, all the way to the south where meetings were held at Peking University, Nan