China frees 3 activists who probed Ivanka Trump supplier

Ivanka Trump's labour report blacklists China, where her clothes are made

Ivanka Trump's labour report blacklists China, where her clothes are made

In April, China Labor Watch sent a letter to Ivanka Trump asking her to work to improve conditions in her Chinese factories. The sign reads "visitors please exit the vehicle and register, people without relevant reasons can not enter this important factory area".

GANZHOU, China (AP) — Chinese authorities have released on bail three activists who had been detained after investigating labor conditions at a factory that produced shoes for Ivanka Trump and other brands.

China Labor Watch said the families of Su Heng, Li Zhao and Hua Haifeng had been notified by police in Ganzhou in southeast China they could go to the city and pay bail for their release. Her brand told The Hill that it had not used the factory in question in months.

China Labor Watch said now hoped that the trio will have the right to "a fair trial".

Chinese authorities released the three on bail after allegedly breaking the law by using secret cameras and listening devices.

The three were detained by police in late May after gathering video, pictures and evidence that illustrated long hours and ill treatment by management for workers at the factories, China Labor Watch said.

The Associated Press talked with three former workers at the plant who described how a worker was left "bleeding right from the middle of the head" after being repeatedly bludgeoned by the manager - and they said that beatings within the factory were "not unheard of".

Earlier this month, the U.S. State Department called for the immediate release of the three activists. I'm happy to be out.

Faced with rising labor unrest and a slowing economy, Beijing has taken a stern approach to activism in southern China's manufacturing belt and to human rights advocates generally, sparking a wave of reports about disappearances, public confessions, forced repatriation and torture in custody.

Hua declined further comment but said he had not been mistreated.

The Huajian Group's shoe factories also supply products for other well-known companies including Nine West, Marc Fisher, and Easy Spirit.

The Ivanka Trump said it had no comment. Ivanka Trump's lifestyle brand imports most of its merchandise from China, trade data show.

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