KUWAIT CITY, June 27, (Agencies): Kuwait remained in Tier 2 Watch List of the US State Department’s Trafficking in Persons for the second consecutive year.
According to the department, the placement is not based on the size of a country’s problem but the efforts exerted by its government to meet Trafficking Victims Protection Act’s (TVPA) minimum standards for elimination of human trafficking.
For this year’s report, the department evaluated the efforts exerted by governments of 187 countries in combating modern-day slavery.
Tier 2 Watch List includes countries whose governments do not fully meet the TVPA’s minimum standards, but are making significant efforts to bring themselves into compliance with those standards, and for which:
(a) The absolute number of victims of severe forms of trafficking is very significant or is significantly increasing.
(b) There is a failure to provide evidence of increasing efforts to combat severe forms of trafficking in persons from the previous year, including increased investigations, prosecutions, and convictions of trafficking crimes, increased assistance to victims, and decreasing evidence of complicity in severe forms of trafficking by government officials.
(c) The determination that a country is making significant efforts to meet the minimum standards was based on commitments by the country to take additional future steps over the next year.
Tier 1 includes countries whose governments fully meet the minimum standards while Tier 2 includes countries whose governments do not fully meet the minimum standards but are making significant efforts to meet those standards and Tier 3 includes countries whose governments do not fully meet the minimum standards and are not making significant efforts to do so.
On the placements of other GCC countries; Bahrain, Qatar and United Arab Emirates (UAE) are on Tier 2; while Oman and Saudi Arabia are also on Tier 2 Watch List like Kuwait.