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Survivors & relatives of victims of Pakistani factory fire file compensation claim against clothing retailer KiK in Germany

Pakistan-fire-II-kik-Credit: Fahim Siddiqi/IPS

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16 June 2015

Blog: Why families & survivors of the Karachi factory fire could spell the end of voluntary corporate responsibility

Author: Miriam Saage-Maaß, European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights

"Forging new legal ground: Why families & survivors of the Karachi factory fire could spell the end of voluntary corporate responsibility", 16 Jun 2015

...On 11 September 2012 a fire broke out at the Ali Enterprises textile factory...in Karachi. 260 workers died and 32 were injured...[T]he Baldia Factory Fire Affectees Association seeks for accountability. Several of the families are represented in local legal proceedings against Pakistani authorities..., as well as in criminal proceedings against the factory owners. At the same time victims are calling for justice from the European companies involved, KiK and...RINA...[I]n February 2015, the families of the Baldia Factory Fire Affectees Association decided they...would...proceed with a lawsuit against KiK...The claim is forging new legal ground by attempting to enforce social and economic human rights through the national legal system...Victims of the Ali Enterprises fire have already shown that merely voluntary corporate action is a thing of the past...

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Article
13 March 2015

Baldia factory fire: Retailer comes under fierce criticism

Author: Express Tribune (Pakistan)

…[T]he German company [KiK] was supposed to compensate the families of the victims, but they paid only Rs1 million as initial amount and then backed out. “That’s why we have now filed the case of pain and suffering against the German brand, KiK, in the High Court of Dortmund, Germany, demanding a compensation of 30,000 Euros for each family.”… Italian company Registro Italiano Navale (RINA) that had issued the social audit certificate to the Ali Enterprise has also been sued by 15 heirs of the Baldia factory fire victims and NTUF in a court of Milan, Italy…

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13 March 2015

Paying the price for clothing factory disasters in south Asia: Pakistan factory fire victims sue KiK

Author: European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR) & Medico International

Justice, not hand-outs. Liability, not voluntary giving. These are the calls made by survivors and relatives of victims of the fatal fire at the Ali Enterprises textile factory in Karachi (Pakistan). 260 people were killed in the fire on 11 September 2012, a further 32 were injured. German discount clothing retailer KiK was by its own admission the factory’s main customer. Four of those affected by the disaster have now filed a compensation claim against KiK at the Regional Court in Dortmund…[They] are seeking 30,000 euro each in compensation…

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