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Protests against Gap, Victoria's Secret over sourcing from Sri Lanka, given govt. abuses against Tamils

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Company response
1 November 2010

Response by Gap: Protests against Gap, Victoria's Secret for sourcing from Sri Lanka, over govt. abuses against Tamils.

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Article
13 January 2010

Boycott campaign in US gathers momentum

Author: TamilNet

While New York Tamil activists deployed a mobile billboard to spread the message of their boycott campaign urging ethical shoppers to shun garments and other products made in Sri Lanka whose 99% Sinhala military allegedly killed more than 30,000 civilians, activists in Florida and in Northern California held protest campaigns in Fort Lauderdale and in San Franciso city early this week. [The boycott campaign is against Gap, Victoria's Secret]

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Company response
13 January 2010

Response by Victoria's Secret (part of Limited Brands): Protests against Gap, Victoria's Secret for sourcing from Sri Lanka, over govt. abuses against Tamils.

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Article
11 January 2010

[DOC] Victoria’s Secret (part of Limited Brands) statement regarding sourcing from Sri Lanka

Author: Victoria’s Secret (part of Limited Brands)

We take these issues very seriously. The vendor’s factories that manufacture our products in Sri Lanka are led by a multi-ethnic team, including members of the Tamil, Sinhalese, Muslim and Christian communities alike – providing needed jobs and economic opportunity. The management and employees of these factories are also closely involved in relief and advocacy efforts, and we continue to support their efforts to alleviate suffering and ensure economic empowerment of all segments of Sri Lankan society.

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Article
11 January 2010

[PDF] Statement on Sri Lanka for the Business and Human Rights Resource Centre

Author: Gap Inc

It is important that we pay particularly close attention in Sri Lanka to the possibility of discrimination based on ethnic, religious, gender and caste or social status, and the conflict has made these issues even more important. In fact, we believe that ensuring fair and equitable working conditions is one of the most important contributions we can make to help improve the overall environment in the country. We contract with factories that employ workers of all backgrounds, and we work closely with them to guard against any type of discrimination. In Sri Lanka, we have two full-time local employees dedicated to ensuring that our workplace standards are being upheld. One is Tamil and the other Sinhalese...

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Article
28 November 2009

Big GAP in ethics, US shoppers told

Author: Tamilnet.com

Several dozen protesters carried placards in front of the Gap and Banana Republic ...urging ethical U.S. shoppers to boycott garments produced in Sri Lanka, while another group of Tamil activists assembled in front of Victoria's Secret Stores...to protest against the Store's textile trade with Sri Lanka,..."We want to convey a unified message that by conducting business with Sri Lanka's apparel manufacturing industry, GAP and Victoria Secret are indirectly funding a brutal regime that is accused of possible war crimes, and which is holding more than 100,000 Tamil civilians in military supervised camps with little or no freedom of movement," spokesperson for co-ordinating the protests said.

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