China: Laogai Research Foundation issues report alleging Canadian construction company imported products made at a prison factory - includes company responses

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16 February 2011

China: Laogai Research Foundation issues report alleging Canadian construction company imported products made at a prison factory - includes company responses

Author: Compiled by Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

On 11 January 2011 Laogai Research Foundation released a report, "Building on the Backs of Prisoners: Examining the Imports of a Canadian Construction Company"...which said that Inland Screw Piling, a Canadian construction company, had imported products from Xinxiang Zhongke Mining Equipment Company, a factory in Henan Province, China that allegedly uses prison labour. Business & Human Rights Resource Centre invited Inland Screw Piling, Xinxiang Zhongke Mining Equipment Company and the exporter named in the report, Qingdao Yijia Metals Minerals and Machinery, to respond...[Inland Screw Piling and Xinxiang Zhongke Mining Equipment Company respond; Qingda Yija Metals Minerals and Machinery did not respond. Page also contains subsequent rejoinder by Laogai Research Foundation and further comments from Xinxiang Zhongke Mining.]

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16 February 2011

Report: Building on the Backs of Prisoners: Examining the Imports of a Canadian Construction Company [PDF]

Author: Laogai Research Foundation [USA]

...This case is merely a example of a supply chain system that...deliberately hides the means of production from consumers. Such trade financially supports the Laogai, one of the most repressive prison systems in the world...LRF calls upon the governments of Canada and China to uphold...laws and to take demonstrable steps to prevent future infractions. Laogai Research Foundation has uncovered evidence that...Inland Screw Piling...has imported products from a Chinese Laogai forced labor prison camp...Import records show that Inland Screw Piling received goods from Xinxiang Zhongke Mining Equipment Company...The address for Xinxiang Zhongke Mining Equipment Company is an exact match for Henan No. 2 Prison...Xinxiang Zhongke Mining Equipment Company’s website even denotes its location at the prison and boasts that the company is a “large-scale Laogai enterprise...

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Company response
16 February 2011

Response by Xinxiang Zhongke Mining Equipment Company: Xinxiang Zhongke Mining Equipment Company allegedly uses prison labour in production.

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Company non-response
15 February 2011

Qingdao Yijia Metals Minerals and Machinery did not respond to: Company exported products allegedly made at factory using prison labour

Article
9 January 2011

Chinese prison-made goods enter Canada: report

Author: CBC News [Canada]

An Alberta company has been importing products made at a Chinese prison camp, according to...Laogai Research Foundation. Canada bans the importation of any goods made by prison labour, but...prison-made goods are turning up in Canada. "Inland Screw Piling imported products from Xinxiang Zhongke Mining Equipment Company. The address for the Chinese enterprise is the same address as the Chinese prison camp," said Michael Mignano, research associate at Laogai Research Foundation...Harry Knelsen [Inland Screw Piling] president...told CBC News that he was shocked his supplier was a Chinese prison and that he would never have bought the goods had he known...

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