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IKEA issues apology for using forced prison labor

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(CNN) – Swedish furniture giant IKEA has issued an apology for the use of forced labor.

The company said Friday that some of its suppliers in the former East Germany used political prisoners and convicts to build furniture. And IKEA admitted that it did not do enough to prevent it.

However, the company’s report on the issue is being met with some criticism, as well as calls for an independent investigation.

There has been mixed reaction from groups representing victims of the former Communist regime.