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Bangladeshi Factory Owners
Charged in Fire That Killed 112

New York Times, by Gardiner Harris

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Posted By:LittleHoodedMonk, 12/22/2013 9:10:12 PM

New Delhi - The police in Bangladesh charged the owners of a garment factory and 11 of their employees with culpable homicide in the deaths of 112 workers in a fire last year that came to symbolize the appalling working conditions in the country’s dominant textile industry. The case is the first time the authorities have sought to prosecute factory owners in Bangladesh’s garment industry, so powerful that the state has long sought to protect owners from unionization efforts by workers and from international scrutiny of working conditions. (Snip) Among those charged on Sunday were the factory’s owners, Delowar Hossain and his wife,

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Bangladeshi Factory Owners
Charged in Fire That Killed 112
New York Times, by Gardiner Harris    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 12/22/2013 9:10:12 PM     Post Reply
New Delhi - The police in Bangladesh charged the owners of a garment factory and 11 of their employees with culpable homicide in the deaths of 112 workers in a fire last year that came to symbolize the appalling working conditions in the country’s dominant textile industry. The case is the first time the authorities have sought to prosecute factory owners in Bangladesh’s garment industry, so powerful that the state has long sought to protect owners from unionization efforts by workers and from international scrutiny of working conditions. (Snip) Among those charged on Sunday were the factory’s owners, Delowar Hossain and his wife,

   

 

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