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7 March, 2019 00:00 00 AM
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Probe allegations of mass dismissals of garment workers

Human Rights Watch urges government
STAFF REPORTER, Dhaka

Human Rights Watch urged the Bangladesh government to investigate garment worker and union leader allegations of arbitrary dismissals and false criminal cases following a recent protest demanding a wage hike.

The New York-based organisation in a statement yesterday said, global garment brands sourcing from the country should also investigate these allegations and call for an end to all forms of intimidation of workers.

After strikes in mid-January 2019, union leaders have reported at least 7,500 garment workers have been dismissed from their jobs.

At least 29 criminal cases have been filed naming 551 individuals, as well as over 3,000 unidentified people, leaving workers at risk of being arbitrarily accused in one of these cases at a later date. Over 50 workers have been arrested, 11 of whom were denied bail.

 

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