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Honduras: Letter from Nike, adidas, Gap, Knights to US Secretary of State calls for the "restoration of democracy"

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28 July 2009

MSN welcomes company statement on Honduras coup

Author: Maquila Solidarity Network (MSN)

Apparel brands with production in Honduras, including adidas Group, Nike Inc. and Gap Inc., have released a joint letter sent to US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton "calling for the restoration of democracy in Honduras" following the June 28th military coup...The Maquila Solidarity Network (MSN)...welcomes the statement but asks why other major international brands and manufacturers with a presence in Honduras have remained silent...including the three largest foreign investors in the country's apparel sector -- Fruit of the Loom/Russell Corporation [part of Berkshire Hathaway], Hanesbrands and Gildan?...

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27 July 2009

Letter to Secretary Clinton Regarding Honduras

Author: NIKE, The adidas Group, Gap, Knights Apparel

Dear Secretary Clinton: As companies that have products made in Honduras, we are deeply concerned about recent events in that country. We understand that serious disagreements exist between the elected President, Congress and the Supreme Court, but these should be resolved through peaceful, democratic dialogue, rather than through military action. While we do not and will not support or endorse the position of any party in this internal dispute, we feel it is necessary in this case to join with [various] in calling for the restoration of democracy in Honduras.

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