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Petitioning CEO Chrysler Sergio Marchionne and 22 others

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


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.

 

Letter to
CEO Chrysler Sergio Marchionne
Corporate communications, Sony John Dolak
Chrysler Communications Shawn Morgan
and 20 others
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
Senior VP of Procurement, Sony Marilou E. Pych
Chairman and CEO, Sony Howard Stringer
Chairman and CEO, Sony Howard Stringer
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
Michio Saitoh
As a major customer of Asahi Kosei manufacturing, we call upon you to demand they drop their lawsuit against Charles Hector, a Malaysian human rights lawyer, and work to address the human rights violations in their factory he has been seeking to highlight. I feel that so long as Asahi Kosei is a part of your supply chain you are equally culpable for any human rights violations they commit.

As background on this case, earlier this year 31 Burmese migrant workers complained about their working conditions at an Asahi Kosei factory in Malaysia. In response, the workers were threated at their home, and two were immediately taken to the airport to be deported.

Local human rights lawyer and activist Charles Hector heard about the issue and took up the case to defend the workers. He also wrote up a blog post telling the story of the workers. 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 ask that you use your leverage with Asahi Kosei to demand they drop this lawsuit and promptly address the complaints of the workers in their factory.

I look forward to your response at the address provided below.

Sincerely,