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Yet Another Rape Victim Comes Forward at Classic Sweatshop in Jordan

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Update: 09/15/2011 Advocate of migrant workers' rights in Sri Lanka explains why rape victims cannot speak out

DATE:            Wednesday, September 14, 2011

                     FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT:     Charles Kernaghan, 412-562-2406

DATELINE:     New York and Pittsburgh

 

 

Yet Another Rape Victim Comes Forward at Classic Sweatshop in Jordan

U.S. Companies Hide Behind Jordanian Government Whitewash of Rape Allegations

 

 

This week, as Classic company management and Jordanian government prepare to publicly deny that there is evidence of the rampant sexual abuse at Classic factory, another rape victim has come forward to give her testimony.  To date, scores of young women guest workers have been raped by their managers at Classic.  In light of the Jordanian government's flawed investigation, the Institute for Global Labour and Human Rights has no choice but to advise concerned consumers not to purchase Wal-Mart, Hanes, Target and Sears clothing made in Jordan.  The U.S. Government must initiate a real investigation.  Under the U.S.-Jordan Free Trade Agreement, the American people are subsidizing rape at Classic.

 

  • Jordanian Government involved in whitewash

The Jordanian Government investigation of Classic has been severely flawed by incompetency, a lack of resources and trained investigators, as well as by the deliberate campaign by Classic management to hold the foreign women guest workers in a state of terror and repression. (See Institute's response to Jordanian government's National Center for Human Rights "investigation.")

 

  • "Anowara" raped by Classic manager

"I started crying, and he pushed his hand over my mouth.  He said, if you try to do anything now, I'll kill you right here...  Then he put his hands on me, he struggled with me, after all the struggling, I was crying.  I was crying a lot... he violated me.

...I want his judgment and that he go to jail, with that I'd be happy.  So he can't do this to another woman again."

"Anowara" was raped by Classic production manager Mr. Faruk Miah while sewing for Hanesbrands.

See excerptsFull testimony.

 

  • In light of the flawed investigation by the Jordanian Government, the Institute has no choice but to advise concerned consumers not to purchase Wal-Mart, Hanes, Target and Sears clothing made in Jordan. In the Institute's over 25 years of human, women's and worker rights advocacy work across the world, this is the first time we are taking such a step.
  • The workers at Classic have confirmed four serial rapists at the Classic factory: Anil Santha, Faruk Miah, Rafiqul Islam and Priyantha.
  • Over 146,800 concerned consumers have already signed the Institute's Petition on Change.org asking Hanes and the other retailers to stop the rapes at Classic.

We ask all consumers to stop and think of the young women guest workers from Sri Lanka and Bangladesh who have been repeatedly and brutally raped by several Classic managers.

 

  • The American people are subsidizing rape at Classic. Under the U.S.-Jordan Free Trade Agreement, Classic is allowed to export its sweatshop clothing to the U.S. duty-free -in the process rewarding Classic, Hanes and the other companies a windfall profit of $20 million in tariff breaks in 2010 alone!
  • Attached are 16 interviews conducted by the Institute, including rape victims who have suffered horribly at the Classic factory while sewing garments for Hanesbrands.
  • More new worker/victim testimonies will be released as the campaign goes forward. The minute the reign of terror and repression is lifted at the Classic factory, scores of new rape victims will come forth. It is only a matter of time.

 

Download a complete press kit with all supplemental materials at
http://www.globallabourrights.org/admin/documents/files/110914-IGLHR-Press-Kit-Yet-Another-Victim-Comes-Forward-at-Classic.pdf

For more information about the campaign, please visit http://www.globallabourrights.org/campaigns?id=0036