Ford, Chrysler, and Sony: Don’t Buy From Factories That Fight Against Human Rights
  • Petitioned Sergio Marchionne

This petition was delivered to:

CEO Chrysler
Sergio Marchionne
Hitachi media
Natsuro Tanaka
Ford Media
Chrysler Communications
Tina Sullivan
Yutaka Nagao
Ford Global Manufacturing and Labor Affairs
John Fleming
Ford President and Chief Executive Officer
Alan Mulally
Ford Government and Community Relations
Ziad S. Ojakli
Ford VP of Labor Affairs
Martin J. Mulloy
Corporate communications, Sony
Elizabeth Boukis
Chairman and CEO, Sony
Howard Stringer
Chairman and CEO, Sony
Howard Stringer
Senior VP of Procurement, Sony
Marilou E. Pych
Corporate communications, Sony
John Dolak
Chrysler Communications
Shawn Morgan
GP VP of Public Policy
Robert Ferguson
GM Communications Manager Manufacturing & Labor
Chris Lee
Hitachi media
Lauren Garvey
Hitachi Canada
Hitachi investor info
Masaharu Kida
Yoshihiro Gouda
Michio Saitoh

Ford, Chrysler, and Sony: Don’t Buy From Factories That Fight Against Human Rights

    1. Petition by

      In Defence of Charles Hector campaign team

Big companies have a responsibility to ensure that workers making their products aren't being stripped of their basic human rights. As such we call upon companies including Ford, General Motors, Chrysler, Volkswagen, Hitachi, Sony, and Toshiba to use their leverage as customers to stop a series of human rights violations by Asahi Kosei, a Japanese manufacturing company in Malaysia, or to immediately remove them from their supply chain.

The cascading series of human rights violations started earlier this year:

First, 31 Burmese migrant workers complained about their working conditions at an Asahi Kosei factory in Malaysia. In response, they were threatened at their hostel, and four were immediately taken to the airport to be deported.

Local human rights lawyer and activist Charles Hector, after having received a complaint from workers about threats of terminations and deportation, contacted the company, Asahi Kosei, to confirm the details and urge the company to ensure that the Burmese workers’ rights were respected. He Recieved no reply, and so began to document the situation on his blog and advocate for protection of the 31 workers and particularly those workers who were facing immediate deportation. In response, Asahi Kosei - who is keen to keep the story quiet - sued him for libel to the tune of $3.2 million (€2.16m) and demanded he remove the blog posts that contained the stories he’d been told by workers.

We call on Ford, General Motors, Chrysler, Volkswagen, Hitachi, Sony, and Toshiba  and other major customers of Asahi Kosei, to demand that the suit against Charles Hector to be dropped and just defence for the workers to move forward without hindrance.

The next hearing is May 25th and the trial is June 28-29, so their immediate action is necessary.


Recent signatures


    1. Reached 1,500 signatures
    2. Chrysler has been in contact to say no Asahi Kosei parts are currently used in their vehicles, we are waiting confirmation from them that they will make this status quo an official policy in response to this current situation.

    3. Reached 1 signatures
    4. Court Case in Malaysia Highlights Migrant Rights Abuses

    5. Renewed calls to stop lawsuit against human rights campaigner Charles Hector

    6. Reached 250 signatures
    7. Asian Human Rights Commission: Stop legal action against Malaysian human rights defender for highlighting rights of migrant workers

    8. Reached 50 signatures


    Reasons for signing

      • about 3 years ago

      Jehovah the Almighty God who created humans in his own image says "workers... keep crying out and" their "calls for help" ... "have entered into His ears" (James 5:4). "I will become a speedy witness against ... those acting fraudulently with the wages of a wage worker" (Malachi 3:5).

    • Anna Saipio HELSINKI, FINLAND
      • about 3 years ago

      It is completely unreasonable and unacceptable that someone should be punished for using his freedom of expression.

    • niamh glynn LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • about 3 years ago

      human rights

    • merrie rees-akenkide BRIDGEND, UNITED KINGDOM
      • about 3 years ago

      Because human rights & commerce, in this time in history & future history shouldn't be an issue.

      The fact that it still is, is an abohration of progress and equality of our global race.

    • Christian Radtke GüTERSLOH, GERMANY
      • about 3 years ago

      Whe cant close our eyes if we know there is unjustice.


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