By  on July 29, 2009

WASHINGTON — A group of apparel and footwear companies have sent a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and other officials urging the Obama administration to help restore democracy in Honduras, while calling for an adherence to civil liberties in the wake of a military coup that deposed President Manuel Zelaya in June.

Nike Inc., Adidas Group, Gap Inc. and Knights Apparel sent letters late Monday to Clinton, as well as to José Miguel Insulza, secretary general of the Organization of American States, and Thomas Shannon, assistant secretary of the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs at the State Department, outlining their concerns over the political instability in a country where U.S. companies produce millions of dollars worth of apparel annually.

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