International Relations, Period 2

Katelyn Vishnevsky, Hannah Wantula, Kimberly Mcgill

Nike Shoe's Sweatshop in China


We choose this topic because we already know a little bit about how bad the sweatshops in China are. America also buys most of China’s goods like the clothes we wear. It would be interesting to learn how the workshops really are and to see if America should get involved with stopping the corrupted Chinese sweatshops.


More than half of Asia’s population, about 1.8 billion people live on less than $2 a day

Workers in sweatshops typically work 10-12 hours a day

They live in cramped dormitories with other workers

The working conditions these people have to deal with to make money are terrible

A possible solution that the United States could help with is that China relies on America and other countries buying their products so if countries would refuse to buy from them until they improve working conditions then maybe things would change

Workers complain about food getting worse, it being too hot to work at their stations, and being depressed because even after protests and strikes nothing gets better

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Workers' dining conditions are hazardous to their health and many people even become hospitalized because of food poisoning

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1. Put certain SANCTIONS ON CHINESE GOODS and products where companies are not treating workers well

We should limit buying of Chinese products until the workers are paid and treated better

Teach the Chinese a lesson by harming their economy

America buys billion of dollars of products from China

By not trading with China, hopefully the Chinese will be willing to demolish all sweatshops and conform to better-treated businesses so that we can trade together again

2. America is PART OF THE UNITED NATIONS, and it’s their job to protect human rights

Use the U.N members and come together to confront China about what is going on

The U.N is powerful so it should help



No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.

I believe that the treatment of the workers in the sweatshops can be looked at as violating article 5

The conditions the workers face are cruel and inhuman - should not be allowed


(1) Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control

This means that Chinese sweatshops are violating article 25 which is illegal to do

The U.N should try China in court for violation of human rights

Why should China be able to ignore laws that everyone is supposed to follow?

                                                                WORK CITED:

  • "Abandoning Asia's Poor by Isabel Ortiz and Anita ... - Project Syndicate." 2012. 3 Dec. 2012
  • "Online NewsHour: Conversation | China's Business Growth - PBS." 2007. 3 Dec. 2012 
  • "Silicon Sweatshops: The China connection - GlobalPost." 2009. 3 Dec. 2012
  • "United Nations: Human Rights." 2009. 3 Dec. 2012  
  • "The Universal Declaration of Human Rights." 2009. 3 Dec. 2012

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