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Invitation to Press Conference: First hearing in KiK case / factory fire Pakistan

Survivors demand real liability, not voluntary aid

When: 28 November 2018 at 10:00 am


Where: Schauspiel Dortmund, Institut (Schauspielfoyer)
Theaterkarree 1-3, former Kuhstraße 12, 44137 Dortmund

On 29 November 2018, the Court in Dortmund will hold for the first time an oral hearing in the case of the factory fire at Ali Enterprises, a Pakistani supplier of the German clothing retailer KiK. The day before the hearing, plaintiff Saeeda Khatoon and Nasir Mansoor will speak about the Ali Enterprises Factory Fire Affectees Association’s transnational fight for justice in the supply chains of the global clothing industry. Miriam Saage-Maaß will give insights into the legal background and the legal-political significance of the case.

258 died and dozens were injured when the Ali Enterprises textile factory burned down on 11 September 2012 in Karachi (Pakistan). Clothing retailer KiK was the factory’s main customer. Four of the survivors and bereaved brought their case to court in Germany, arguing that KiK should be held liable because of its joint responsibility for inadequate fire safety precautions in the factory.

The case aims to show that transnational corporations from the Global North bear responsibility for the working conditions of their subsidiaries and suppliers in the Global South. The lawsuit was developed by ECCHR lawyers with the support of medico international.

Remo Klinger, the claimants’ lawyer, will be available for interviews on 29 November before the hearing.

Please register for this event at: dhomayoun@theaterdo.de



KiK: Paying the price for clothing production in South Asia

Textile industry

Transnational corporations' responsibilities also extend to the working conditions in their subsidiary and supplier companies abroad. This position is supported by survivors and relatives of victims of the fatal fire at the Ali Enterprises textile factory in Karachi. Together with ECCHR, they filed a legal action for compensation against KiK.


After Factory Fire in Pakistan: Proceedings against auditor in Italy

Textile industry

Italian audit company RINA certified a Ali Enterprises, Pakistan, building shortly before a fire broke out in the factory. The certificate failed to guarantee high standards of security. ECCHR is lending support to the legal proceedings underway in Pakistan, Italy and Germany.


More for show than safety: Certificates in the textile industry

Textile industry

A few months before the collapse of the Rana Plaza factory in Dhaka, TÜV Rheinland audited the production facilities at textile producer Phantom Apparel Ltd as part of a social audit. ECCHR argues that TÜV Rheinland ignored professional auditing standards.

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