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30 Dec 2005

William Baue, SocialFunds.com

Alien Tort Claims Act Lawsuit Alleges Slavery and Child Labor on Liberian Firestone Plantation

Last month, the International Labor Rights Fund (ILRF) filed an Alien Tort Claims Act (ATCA) case in US District Court in California against Bridgestone alleging "forced labor, the modern equivalent of slavery" on the Firestone Plantation in Harbel, Liberia... "We've had a policy in place for many years against child labor--there are strict guidelines forbidding the use of children as laborers," [Dan MacDonald, director of media relations for Bridgestone-Firestone] said. [also refers to Unocal (part of Chevron), Wal-Mart]

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Human rights lawsuit in US against Bridgestone-Firestone alleges forced & child labour on Liberia plantation (SocialFunds.com article)

Firestone lawsuit (re Liberia)