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Rana Plaza Collapse Victims Still Waiting For Compensation

(223) Comments | Posted August 6, 2013 | 12:52 PM

WASHINGTON -- After the Rana Plaza factory collapse killed 1,132 garment workers and injured more than 2,500 in April, the Bangladeshi government and a garment manufacturers association promised financial assistance and other benefits to victims and their families. But over three months later, those expecting payments say they're still waiting.

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Bangladesh's Labor Reform Puts Profits Before Workers

(6) Comments | Posted July 25, 2013 | 4:32 PM

In the wake of the Rana Plaza building collapse that claimed 1,129 lives, the Bangladeshi government announced earlier this month that it had made dozens of amendments to national labor law in an effort to better protect workers. While those changes have been hailed in the media as...

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Aminul Islam, Murdered Bangladeshi Labor Activist, Still Without Justice 14 Months After Death

(5) Comments | Posted June 22, 2013 | 9:05 AM

WASHINGTON-- Less than a day after discovering his mutilated body, Bangladeshi police buried labor activist Aminul Islam some 60 miles from his home. They didn't wait to consult with Islam's family before putting him in the ground.

Islam, a paid organizer with the Bangladesh Center for Worker Solidarity (BCWS), an...

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'Highly Politicized' Bangladeshi Media Ignore Plight Of Arrested Blogger

(135) Comments | Posted June 7, 2013 | 5:11 PM

WASHINGTON -- Asif Mohiuddin first learned he was arrested from a TV news report.

Mohiuddin and his sister, Juela Zebunnesa Khan, had gone to the police detectives' headquarters on April 3 in Bangladesh's capital, Dhaka, for questioning by authorities. They were told that he was not being arrested.

But around...

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How Bangladesh Garment Industry Traded Workplace Safety For Jobs

(158) Comments | Posted May 23, 2013 | 7:04 AM

Like millions of other young women in Bangladesh, Sumi Abedin forged her place in the modern economy at a sewing machine inside an urban garment factory.

The ready-made garment industry now accounts for a whopping 80 percent of Bangladesh's exports, making the country the third largest exporter...

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Bangladesh Bloggers Face Constant Death Threats Since Government Labeled Them 'Atheist'

(1010) Comments | Posted May 18, 2013 | 12:00 AM

WASHINGTON -- Even though Rasel Parvez is out of prison, he isn't out of danger.

"They have pushed my life to a state in which I cannot walk free. I remain in self-confinement day after day, and my social relations are mostly snapped," said Parvez, 36, in an interview with...

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Bangladesh Building Collapse Leaves Hundreds Missing As Search Ends

(22) Comments | Posted May 15, 2013 | 5:01 AM

WASHINGTON -- Relatives of garment workers missing since last month's collapse of the Rana Plaza garment factory in Bangladesh demonstrated at the site of the tragedy Tuesday, carrying photographs and demanding the bodies of their loved ones.

“Rescue operation is over? ... Where’s my son? How and where I’ll get...

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Bangladesh Garment Factories Shut Down Amid Worker Unrest, Minimum Wage Change

(558) Comments | Posted May 13, 2013 | 4:13 PM

Following worker protests and a decision by the Bangladeshi government to reevaluate the minimum wage, the lone national association of garment manufacturers on Monday shut down all factories in Ashulia, one of the country's major garment industry hubs.

Leaders of the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association...

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Muhammad Yunus' Bangladesh Workers Proposal Criticized As 'The Business Of Begging'

(0) Comments | Posted May 13, 2013 | 3:46 PM

Following the death of more than 1,100 workers in the Rana Plaza building collapse, government and business leaders are struggling to address the complicated issue of improving worker safety in Bangladesh's garment industry. But Nobel Laureate Muhammad Yunus has come up with a simple solution: Workers' problems can...

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Bangladesh Collapse Shows Safety Audit Shortcomings

(577) Comments | Posted May 4, 2013 | 9:13 AM

Major clothing brands like to say they have a system in place to avoid doing business with overseas suppliers that mistreat their workers: The corporate-funded factory audit, performed by credentialed inspectors and designed to weed out bad actors.

But for the past six years, Abu Bakar, a Bangladeshi garment worker...

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Bangladesh Garment Industry Leader Says Blame For Tragedies Lies With Western Retailers

(2778) Comments | Posted May 2, 2013 | 6:53 PM

Whenever impoverished garment workers die while making clothes for wealthier consumers in far-off lands, competing clothing brands manage to come together over a high-minded common cause: Better scrutiny of the overseas plants that produce their garments, to avoid putting vulnerable workers in harm's way.

But in the wake of an...

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Bangladesh Death Toll Pressures Western Retailers To Make Commitments On Factory Safety

(326) Comments | Posted May 1, 2013 | 4:44 PM

The climbing death toll in the wake of a massive building collapse in Bangladesh has put increasing pressure on Western retailers to commit themselves to safety improvements in the country's garment facilities.

As of now, the contributions made by U.S. and European brands toward safeguarding Bangladeshi...

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Bangladesh Building Collapse Leaves Officials Still Unable To Estimate Toll

(39) Comments | Posted April 30, 2013 | 6:42 PM

WASHINGTON -- Relatives of workers still missing in the collapsed Bangladesh factory building say the true number of dead is far greater than the official toll of nearly 400. On an average day, roughly 5,500 garment workers toiled in the building, according to local journalists.

So far, 2,437 survivors have...

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Bangladesh Building Collapse Stokes Public Anger Over Plodding Rescue

(45) Comments | Posted April 29, 2013 | 6:00 PM

Shahana Akter somehow survived at least four days beneath the rubble of the eight-story Rana Plaza in Bangladesh, the collapsed factory building where nearly 400 people, mostly poor garment workers, have been declared dead.

In the end, four days weren't enough.

Akter's lifeless body was pulled from the wreckage...

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Bangladesh Rescue Effort Slowed By Stench Of Bodies, Disorganization

(148) Comments | Posted April 26, 2013 | 5:32 PM

The stench of decomposing bodies is hindering rescue efforts in Bangladesh's garment industry hub of Savar, witnesses say, as untold numbers of dead and dying workers lie buried under the rubble of a collapsed building.

"You cannot stand the stench long," Selim Ahmed, a local journalist, told The Huffington Post...

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After Bangladesh Building Collapse, Police Club Workers Protesting Against Owner

(147) Comments | Posted April 25, 2013 | 4:04 PM

Protesters calling for the death of a building owner in Bangladesh whose eight-story structure collapsed on Wednesday, killing at least 290 people, were answered Thursday by police clubs. At least 25 garment workers were injured when police interrupted an emotional memorial procession with batons, just 200 yards from the scene...

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Bangladesh Building Collapse Kills Scores Of Workers, Pressured To Clock In Despite Dangers

(1155) Comments | Posted April 24, 2013 | 5:27 PM

The number of dead continues to rise in Bangladesh as rescuers sort through the debris of an eight-story building that collapsed Wednesday morning, claiming at least 123 lives so far in just the latest workplace disaster to hit the country.

The victims appear to be mostly...

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Muhammad Yunus, Nobel Laureate, Declines To Comment On Government Arrests Of Bloggers

(15) Comments | Posted April 18, 2013 | 12:43 PM

WASHINGTON -- Nobel laureate Muhammad Yunus was in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday to receive the Congressional Gold Medal for his work fighting global poverty. He called for overhauling existing economic and political systems to help alleviate people's suffering, an extension of the work he's done with his Grameen...

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Bangladesh Factory Fire Victim Calls On Walmart To Pay Compensation

(1503) Comments | Posted April 12, 2013 | 6:11 PM

WASHINGTON -- Sumi Abedin hasn't worked a day since Nov. 24 of last year. That was when her workplace, Tazreen Fashions in Bangladesh, went up in flames, killing at least 112 workers. Abedin, 24, was brave enough to jump from the factory's third floor, having found no other...

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Bloggers In Bangladesh Worry They Could Be Next Targets Of Government Crackdown

(8) Comments | Posted April 8, 2013 | 5:37 PM

WASHINGTON -- As four bloggers in Bangladesh have been arrested in recent days, others in the country's blogging community worry that they could be next and accuse politicians of trying to suppress people's freedom to organize and speak out in order to preserve their own political power.

Last...

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