BANGLADESH APPAREL BOYCOTT SLATED TO END

Byline: Carol Emert

WASHINGTON--Human rights groups are scheduled today to call off their boycott of Bangladesh-made apparel, following the July 4 signing of an agreement to end child labor in Bangladesh apparel plants.
The agreement was signed in Dacca by the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association and international human rights organizations, said Pharis Harvey, co-chairman of the Child Labor Coalition and director of the International Labor Rights Fund.
Under the agreement, children under age 14 working in apparel factories will be sent to school and given a stipend, Harvey said in a telephone interview from his home, here. The International Labor Organization will inspect factories for compliance. An estimated 8,000 to 50,000 children are employed in such factories. They are expected to start leaving the factories by the fall.
The protest's impact on sales was probably negligible because human rights groups stopped publicizing the boycott after the BGMEA agreed to negotiate.
--Fairchild News Service

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