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A human rights organization exposing abuses at factories in China needs our help

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Tell Western Union's CEO and its VP for the Asia Pacific region:

"Stop standing in the way of human rights investigations in China. Lift the ban on China Labor Watch’s fund transfers."

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    A human rights organization exposing abuses at factories in China needs our help

    A human rights organization that exposes abuses at electronics factories in China has been blocked from transferring money to its investigators in China.

    China Labor Watch reports that, on attempting to send $5,000 to an investigator last week, Western Union blocked the transfer and is demanding that the organization hand over the contracts with its investigators, and reveal the source of its funds.1

    China Labor Watch is a small but well-known and highly respected human rights organization. In fact. In fact, China Labor Watch is one of the 40 nonprofits CREDO is funding this year.

    Tell the Western Union’s CEO: Stop standing in the way of human rights investigations in China.

    China Labor Watch plays a crucial role in uncovering abusive labor practices and environmental violations in a country where workers are routinely taken advantage of in factories that produce cellphones and other consumer electronics.

    Western Union’s requirements would put China Labor Watch’s investigators at risk of being uncovered, resulting in targeting by the factories they’re investigating, and perhaps even arrest by the Chinese government.

    China Labor Watch has transferred over $500,000 with Western Union in the past 13 years. With enough pressure, we may be able to force Western Union to reverse course and stop blocking the human rights organization from using its service to move money privately and securely to its investigators in China. We’ll deliver your signature to the CEO of Western Union as well as the company’s vice president responsible for the Asia Pacific region.

    Tell Western Union’s CEO: Stop standing in the way of human rights investigations in China.

    Thank you for standing up to Western Union and defending the ability of China Labor Watch to fight for human rights.

    1. "Western Union refuses China Labor Watch’s request to wire money to China." China Labor Watch, August 20, 2013.