Apparel firm Cotton Traders pulls out of Burma following public boycott organised by Burma Campaign UK

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19 October 2008

Boycott Success: Cotton Traders Pull Out Of Burma

Author: Burma Campaign UK

Cotton Traders has informed the Burma Campaign UK that it is to pull out of Burma days after a public boycott campaign was launched….a Burma Campaign UK investigation revealed that Cotton Traders were sourcing clothes from Burma…"Cotton Traders have made the right decision and pulled out of Burma. However, they should never have been in the country at all. By sourcing clothes from Burma they have helped to fund a dictatorship that uses rape, torture and murder to oppress its own people" said Johnny Chatterton, Campaigns Officer at the Burma Campaign UK. Cotton Traders Product Director, Paul Hawkins issued the following statement: "No new styles will be placed in Burma and as such Cotton Traders has ceased to source product from Burma." [also refers to Animal, Bay Trading, By Design Plc, Ciro Citterio, Etam, First Sport, Intersport, Jane Norman, Jeffrey Rogers, Jo Bloggs, Liberty, Lillywhites, Mambo]

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14 October 2008

Cotton Traders faces Boycott over Burma Links

Author: Burma Campaign UK

The Burma Campaign UK today called on Cotton Traders to stop sourcing clothes from Burma, or face a boycott campaign…Clothing exports are an important source of income for Burma’s brutal military dictatorship. Burmese trade unions have called on companies not to source clothing from Burma, as the clothing exports help to fund the dictatorship...More than 130 major high street clothing retailers, including M&S, Next, ASDA [part of Wal-Mart], H&M, Debenhams, House of Fraser and BHS, have policies not to source from Burma...Johnny Chatterton, Campaigns Officer at the Burma Campaign UK [said] “Customers of Cotton Traders will be shocked to hear they are involved with this brutal dictatorship.”

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