RTE article ROME, Italy (AP) An international body on human trafficking has found Yemen has the highest rate of forced labor in the Middle East and North Africa, and the second-highest in the region.
The United Nations Commission of Inquiry on Human Trafficking released its report on Wednesday, which said a third of Yemenis surveyed were victims of forced recruitment or forced labor.
The government and civil society groups have accused the commission of ignoring reports of trafficking in the impoverished country of more than 200 million people.
The report was made public on Wednesday ahead of a United Nations Human Rights Council session on human rights in Yemen on Sept. 24.
The U.N. Human Rights Office, which oversees the inquiry, said in a statement it was pleased with the commission’s report.