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SBD Global/June 25, 2013/Finance

Nike Asks Cambodian Government To Launch Inquiry Into Police Violence At Garment Factory

In the days after police violence "allegedly caused two pregnant women to miscarry during a strike at Sabrina garment factory," Nike urged the Cambodian government "to launch an independent inquiry into the incident," according to May Titthara of the PHNOM PENH POST. Sent on May 30 to Labour Minister Vong Sauth and Commerce Minister Cham Prasidh, the two identical letters express Nike’s "deepest concerns with the treatment of workers" injured when confronted by police. The letters, signed by Nike VP of Sustainable Business & Innovation Hannah Jones, said, "Nike respectfully requests that the Cambodian government open an inquiry using credible, independent third parties to determine the cause of the incident." Ministry of Labour Secretary of State Oum Mean "declined to comment," while Prasidh "could not be reached" (PHNOM PENH POST, 6/24).
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