Of particular significance in this year’s report is the downgrading of Thailand (Tier 3), where activists have consistently documentedappalling human rights abuses within the fishing industry, and Qatar (downgrade to the Tier 2 watchlist) where forced and trafficked labour is a significant part of construction work for the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Malaysia, where forced labour is reportedly common in eg. palm oil industry, has also been downgraded (Tier 3).
Countries listed on Tier 3 are:
Algeria, Central African Republic, DRC, Cuba, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, The Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, Iran, Korea, North, Kuwait, Libya, Malaysia,Mauritania, Papua New Guinea, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Thailand, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Yemen, Zimbabwe.