India: Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders raises concerns over lawsuit brought by Fibers & Fabrics against Dutch labour rights NGOs
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Author: Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders
According to the information received, on September 26, 2007, the Indian VII Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate in Bangalore decided to issue arrest warrants against seven Netherlands-based human rights defenders from CCC and ICN, at the request of the company Fibres and Fabrics International (FFI) and its subsidiary company Jeans Knit Pvt Ltd (JKPL). FFI and JKPL are two subcontractors of big brands such as G-Star, Armani, RaRe, Guess, Gap and Mexx, which are accused of physical and verbal abuse on employees, forced labour, unpaid overtime working hours, non-deliverance of contracts, confiscation of identity cards, etc...
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- Related companies: Fibres & Fabrics International (FFI) G-Star Gap Giorgio Armani Guess Liz Claiborne MEXX (part of Liz Claiborne)
Author: Fair Wear Foundation
Mexx [part of Liz Claiborne] informed FWF [Fair Wear Foundation] in April 2007 that, as Mexx is in the process of reconsidering its supply chain strategies in general, they wanted to stop ordering from FFI for several reasons. The last orders Mexx already placed will be delivered by DecO7/Jan08. FWF has assessed the member company’s attempts to come to remediation, and concludes that they have seriously tried to get the issues solved. Hence the termination of orders are not to be seen as ‘cut&run’ policy.