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Human Rights Watchdog and Civil Rights Firm Sue Nestle, ADM, Cargill, for Using Forced Child Labor

07/14/05

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Natacha Thys, Bama Athreya

202 347-4100, exts. 110, 106

HUMAN RIGHTS WATCHDOG AND CIVIL RIGHTS FIRM SUE NESTLE, ADM, CARGILL FOR USING FORCED CHILD LABOR,

Companies Import Cocoa Beans from Africa Harvested by Children

CHARGES INCLUDE TRAFFICKING, TORTURE, 14-HOUR DAYS

New Reports on Labor Conditions in Sugar Industry in Central America

06/29/05

ILRF and its partners are releasing new reports on labor rights violations of sugar workers in El Salvador, Guatemala, Costa Rica and Nicaragua. Over 1500 cane cutters and sugar refinery workers were interviewed throughout these countries. The research for these reports was conducted in early 2005 and thus reflects recent and ongoing abuses of workers in the Central American sugar industry.

Chocolate Firms Join Bush Admin. in Effort to Prevent Enforcement of Laws Banning Import of Goods Made With Forced Child Labor

02/09/05

Major US chocolate makers, including M&M/Mars, Hershey's and others, have asked to join the US Customs Service as defendants in a human rights suit that demands the US government enforce its own trade laws prohiting the importation of goods made with child/slave labor.

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