UPDATE 1-Italy’s OVS stops doing business with Myanmar suppliers who discriminate against workers


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ROME, March 15 (Reuters) – Italian clothing retailer OVS said Monday it would maintain its “limited presence” in Myanmar but stop doing business with suppliers who discriminate against workers involved in rallies against the country’s junta are.

“Given the modest size of current production (in Myanmar), OVS could easily leave the country but will maintain its limited presence,” the group said in a statement.

The company didn’t say how much business it had with suppliers in Myanmar.

“(OVS) will cease all activities with suppliers who discriminate against workers involved in protests,” she added.

Myanmar is known worldwide for its yarns, fabrics and textile products, and its apparel industry is an important source of jobs.

OVS said it condemns human rights violations in Myanmar and will monitor the situation in the country where violence has increased following the overthrow of Aung San Suu Kyi’s government last month.

Sweden’s H&M, the world’s second largest fashion retailer, and Italy’s Benetton announced last week the immediate suspension of new orders from Myanmar.

Myanmar security forces shot at pro-democracy protesters and killed six people on Monday, media and witnesses said, a day after dozens of protesters shot dead and attackers set fire to several China-funded factories in Yangon city. (Reporting by Giulia Segreti; Editing by Jason Neely)

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