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UK urged to act on China rights abuse

Author: Sean Farrell, The Independent [UK], Published on: 30 August 2007

British businesses need to do more to combat human rights abuses in China, Amnesty International said as it launched its campaign against abuses in China before the Beijing Olympics next year. UK banks, insurers and other companies are battling to invest or do business in China...but they can do more to influence the Chinese government on matters like treatment of workers, Amnesty said. An Amnesty spokeswoman said: "To any business or important investor in China we would always say they have influence and a responsibility to use that influence..." [refers to Royal Bank of Scotland, HSBC, Standard Chartered, Barclays, China Development Bank, Prudential, Aviva, Tesco, B&Q (part of Kingfisher)]

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Related companies: Aviva B&Q (part of Kingfisher) Barclays China Development Bank HSBC Kingfisher Prudential Financial Royal Bank of Scotland Standard Chartered Tesco