New York Times
Catholic Archdiocese in El Salvador Investigates GAP Contractor
The Human Rights Office of the Archdiocese of San Salvador has issued three reports based on its investigations at the Mandarin International maquiladora plant in the San Marcos Free Trade Zone. Mandarin International produces clothing under contract for the GAP.
This Catholic human rights office (Tutela Legal) found the management of Mandarin International responsible for:
• Violation of the right of Mandarin employees to publicly meet and demonstrate
• Violation of the women workers’ right to humane and decent working conditions, including having to suffer physical punishment and beatings
• Violation of the workers’ fundamental rights to freedom of association and union organization
The Truth About Mandarin International and the GAP
Throughout the terror of the civil war which tore El Salvador apart in the 1980’s, throughout the massacres and death squad killings—which left 70,000 people dead—Tutela Legal, the Archdiocese’s human rights office, was always present to accompany the people of El Salvador in their struggle to defend their most basic human rights. Tutela Legal never wavered, never shut its doors. For its investigations of violations and its work to promote human rights, Tutela Legal is recognized around the world.
The Archdiocese’s human rights office conducted three investigations at the Mandarin International maquiladora plant in the San Marcos Free Trade Zone, which produces clothing under contract for the GAP, J.C. Penney and Eddie Bauer among others. The National Labor Committee compiled and translated into English Tutela Legal’s reports.
Based on its investigations, among the violations Tutela Legal noted at the Mandarin plant were:
• For over a year, the women employees at Mandarin International had “been struggling against the... [continues]
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