Blog: Leonie BarrieAccused factory bites back

Leonie Barrie | 15 June 2007

An interesting point is raised in one of the just-style forums in response to a story we carried this week about Chinese factories supplying products for the Beijing Olympics being accused of labour violations.

The entry suggests that once NGOs have made their claims about poor or illegal work practices, it is then left to the factories to prove their innocence – even though most of the damage has already been done.

But in a fascinating twist to events, one Indian jeans manufacturer has just filed what is thought to be the first lawsuit against two human rights groups which published information on working conditions at its factory on their websites. The Clean Clothes Campaign (CCC) and the India Committee of the Netherlands (ICN) are accused of cyber crime, acts of racist and xenophobic nature and criminal defamation.

The accused company, Fibres and Fabrics International, must surely be confident that it hasn't flouted international standards and it will be fascinating to see if this case manages to set the record straight.

Jeans maker sues human rights groups


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