China frees 3 activists who probed Ivanka Trump supplier

China frees 3 activists who probed Ivanka Trump supplier

Li Qiang, founder of China Labor Watch, said the Huajian's factory in Ganzhou was as among the worst he has seen in almost two decades investigating labor abuses. Washingon had urged Beijing to "immediately release" the investigators.

"He was bleeding right from the middle of the head", the current worker said.

Calls by Reuters to Ganzhou police went unanswered, and a spokeswoman for the Ivanka brand declined to comment.

In October, Huajian had confided to AFP that the group had produced approximately 100 000 pairs of shoes Ivanka Trump in recent years -and even though Donald Trump was complaining that during her campaign the companies launching operations in China.

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"It might be due to worldwide pressure and the nature of the case that they are released on bail", he said, adding, "we also hope that they will be given a fair trial".

The detained activists were readying a report alleging low pay, excessive overtime and verbal abuse of employees at Huajian Group factories when they were detained, according to NBC Washington.

Huajian Group has denied allegations of excessive overtime and low wages.

China Labor Watch (CLW), the NGO based in the United States for the account of which the three activists were conducting the investigation, said Wednesday in a press release that they were out of prison. China Labor Watch said two were taken from a hotel room while the third was detained by customs officials in the southern city of Shenzhen while en route to Hong Kong.

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Last month, three men investigating conditions at the Huajian Group factory in Ganzhou were detained, accused of illegally using secret recording devices to steal commercial secrets.

The organization says the factories made shoes for the Ivanka Trump brand, along with Marc Fisher, Kylie + Kendall, Coach and other brands.

Despite her father's mantra of "Buy American", First Daughter Ivanka Trump outsources the manufacturing of most of her clothing line to contractors in China.

The detentions came as China has cracked down on perceived threats to the stability of its ruling Communist Party, particularly from sources with foreign ties such as China Labor Watch.

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