China frees shoe factory activists
CHINA: Chinese authorities have released three activists who investigated labour conditions at factories that manufactured shoes for Ivanka Trump’s brand and other United States footwear companies.
The men were granted bail roughly a month after they were arrested by authorities in southeast China, according to an announcement yesterday by China Labour Watch, an organisation that has investigated workplace conditions at facilities that supply many of the world’s best-known companies.
Working undercover between March and late May, the activists checked on the treatment of employees at the Dongguan Huajian and Jiangxi Huajian factories in southeast China. They monitored and documented numerous violations of labour rules, China Labour Watch said.
Ivanka Trump stepped down from day-to-day involvement with her brand in January, when she became a White House adviser to her father, US President Donald Trump.
Abigail Klem, the president of the Ivanka Trump brand, said earlier this month that the company’s shoes had not been produced at the China factories since March. – USA Today