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Sweden’s Ikea Admits Use of Forced Labor in East Germany

Posted November 16th, 2012 at 3:55 pm (UTC-5)
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Swedish furniture giant Ikea is acknowledging that some of its suppliers used forced prison labor in the communist former East Germany more than two decades ago. The company released an independent report Friday concluding that some Ikea managers were aware of the possibility that political prisoners would be used to make the company’s products. Ikea […]

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Chinese Woman Accuses Local Authorities of Forcible Sterilization

Posted July 24th, 2012 at 12:25 pm (UTC-5)
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A 46-year-old woman from Jiangxi, China is protesting that local officials forced her to be sterilized, allegedly out of revenge for petitioning authorities. Mao Yuanchun had petitioned the local government earlier this year about the death of her daughter. Mao says the daughter died in a fight with her boyfriend, who was later ordered to […]

Forced Abortion Case Highlights Struggle Against China’s One-Child Policy

Posted July 11th, 2012 at 4:20 am (UTC-5)
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The Chinese government has reached a cash settlement with the family of a woman forced by local officials to abort her baby. But activists say the case is only the beginning of a long battle to reverse China’s decades-long one-child policy. Authorities in China’s northern Shaanxi province abducted Feng Jianmei last month and forced her […]

Dozens of Chinese Children Rescued from Slave Labor

Posted September 7th, 2011 at 6:50 am (UTC-5)
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Authorities in China say they have rescued 30 developmentally disabled children who were being used as slave labor at illegal brick factories. Some of those rescued from the factories in Henan province have disabilities so severe they cannot tell police where they come from. Eight people have been arrested in the case, including a 14-year-old […]

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