Cuban American Congressmen request meeting with IKEA President to discuss use of Cuban prisoner labor

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PRESS RELEASE

May 8, 2012

Rubio, Ros-Lehtinen, Sires, Diaz-Balart, Menéndez, & Rivera Request Meeting With IKEA President To Discuss Reports Alleging That The Furniture Maker Benefited From Cuban Prison Labor To Manufacture Its Products

Washington, DC – U.S. Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), along with her colleagues Albio Sires (D-NJ), Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL), David Rivera (R-FL) as well as Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Bob Menendez (D-NJ) sent a letter to the IKEA North America President asking for a prompt meeting to discuss reports that the Swedish furniture maker reached an accord with the Castro dictatorship to use Cuban political prisoners in the latter part of the 80’s to construct some of its furniture.

Statement from Ros-Lehtinen:

“We want to know the exact circumstances that led IKEA to apparently enter into an accord with the Castro dictatorship to produce some of its furniture in Cuba. These are serious allegations and they have caused much consternation in our communities, and rightly so.

“The Castro brothers have misgoverned Cuba for more than half a century putting in place a tyrannical regime that harasses, beats, jails, exiles and kills anyone who stands in their way.

“Multinational corporations have a moral obligation to assure their businesses are not violating human rights. We look forward to getting answers from IKEA on our multiple concerns stemming from these accusations.”

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Copy of letter HERE.