FREE CHINA MOVEMENT Executive Committee
A Coalition of Chinese Opposition Forces by 30 dissident organizations
1150 Connecticut Ave., NW, Suite 9th Floor, Washington, DC 20036
Tel: (703)645-9054,(202)862-4391.; Fax:(202)862-4302
Homepage: http://www.freechina.net; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
To All Press for immediate release:
A Press Conference will be held at the Law Offices of Hemenway and Associates at
1150 Connecticut Ave., NW, Suite 900, Washington DC 20036.
Theme: A Class Litigation against Adidas America, Inc. and the People's Republic of
China by the Victims of Slavery Labor in making Adidas Soccer Balls inside Chinese
Labor-Reform Concentration Camps.(details of facts, documents and testimonies by
prisoners will be presented)
Sponsor: Washington Office of Free China Movement and the Plaintiffs.
Time: 10:00 AM, July 2nd, 1998.
The Football of the World Cup Championship was going on in France. Hundreds of
Millions are enthusiastically watching the tournament. The soccer balls rolling on the
green grass with the trade marks of "Adidas" are produced by Chinese slave
laborers in full of tears and blood in the PRC's concentration labor camps. The
worldwide acclaimed sports, once the symbol of world peace and harmony has now been
contaminated with the shameful reminders of oppressive slave labors.
At the end of President's China trip, the thousand-people delegation have involved so
many Fortune 500 multinationals, the victims of the coalition between Chinese
communist dictators and the world business conglomerates wanted to make their
muffled voice be heard by the conscience of the entire world: Doing business with
Communist China should not be conducted without moral restraint. To make profits
from cheap slavery labor and to entertain the Soccer Ball Tournament viewers worldwide
using the products of the political prisoners' blood and tears will ruin the good taste of
this popular sports.
Mr. Bao Ge , now 34, was sentenced to three years of Labor ReEducation by the
Chines authorities for forming a NGO human rights organization, "Voice of Human
Rights" National Committee with a summery verdict issued by the Public Security Bureau
without any proceedings. When he was released in June 1997, he had immediately
reported the human rights abuse inside the PRC's concentration camps, particularly the
abuse in the process of producing under coerce the Adidas soccer balls to the
International Press Corps.
Mr. Bao's assertions that the Chinese Labor Reform Camps
manufactured soccer balls in the trade mark of "Adidas" used for the World Cup 1998 has
been corroborated with independent testimonies given by his co-freedom fighters and
other inmates, and the officials from the Department of Justice of the PRC. Mr. Bao
had exhausted all legal procedures, suing against the Chinese Labor Camps authorities
concerning his mal-treatment in violation of his human rights while he was coerced to
make "Adidas" soccer balls behind bars before the so-called "People's Courts" on all levels
before he came to the United states. None has given him a chance of hearing.
Therefore, he can only seek for justice in the United States District Court, suing Adidas
and the Government of the PRC for human rights abuse pursuant to Federal Alien Tort
In November 1997, Mr. Bao Ge was permitted to go to the United States with his sister,
Bao Ying by Public Interests Parol.
For further information, please contact Shengde Lian(spokesperson and executive director of FCM)/Ning Ye or John Hemenway at
(703)645-9054 or (202)862-4391.