China frees shoe fac­tory ac­tivists

Marlborough Express - - WORLD -

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

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