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International NGOs have been very active in documenting violations of labor rights in developing countries, as well as advocating labor rights standards. The devastating campaign against Nike in the 1990s (following reports that Nike was using child labor in its Asian factories) left strong marks on retail profits. This has given many NGOs the impetus to call for the disclosure of labor practices, and has raised questions about standards. What is the minimum level of transparency in international labor practices? What are the basic human rights standards multinational corporations should adhere to in local operations? How would globalized labor rights affect job creation and economic growth in developing countries?

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U.S. Says Russian NGO Law Does Not Meet Human Rights Commitments

The United States presented to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) January 26 its concerns about Russia’s new law on nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) signed by Russian President Vladimir Putin on January 10.

[USINFO, January 27, 2006]

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