COMMUNICATIONS NEWS: Burma rights lobby claims victory with retailers campaign

The Burma Campaign is claiming another victory in its campaign to get companies to boycott Burma after a new report reveals all of the top ten high-street clothing retailers are now refusing to source clothes from Burmese factories.

The charity's report, Coming Clean, British Clothing Retailers and Burma, names 99 high-street brands that refuse to sell clothing from Burma because of human rights concerns.

The major companies newly added to the charity's 'clean list' include Marks & Spencer, Arcadia, Tesco and Asda.

Around 55 companies that have ignored repeated requests to reveal their policy on sourcing materials from Burma have been given until this week to do so, before they are 'named and shamed' by the charity.

The Burma Campaign launched an offensive against BHS in 1996 and has since been lobbying retailers to stop any trading with Burmese clothing manufacturers.

"This is a huge success," said Yvette Mahon, director of the Burma Campaign UK. "Retailers deserve credit for acting responsibly, even if some may have done so more from fear of bad publicity than human rights concerns."

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