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Bangladesh Unions Urge Factories To Do More To Protect Workers From Coronavirus

Bangladesh Unions Urge Factories To Do More To Protect Workers From Coronavirus

Garment manufacturers in Bangladesh are failing to meet their own safety guidelines set up to protect workers from the coronavirus as factories reopen, union leaders have warned. Bangladesh extended a nationwide shutdown on Thursday after daily reported deaths from the virus hit a new high, but restrictions on the garment sector, on which millions of […]

Bangladesh Garment Workers Pack Streets To Demand Wages During Coronavirus Lockdown

Bangladesh Garment Workers Pack Streets To Demand Wages During Coronavirus Lockdown

Hundreds of workers poured onto the streets of Bangladesh’s port city of Chittagong on Saturday, flouting social distancing rules to demand work and wages during the coronavirus shutdown. Bangladesh, the world’s second-largest apparel producer after China, is set to lose about $6 billion of export revenues this fiscal year as retailers and brands across the […]

Bangladesh’s First Female Middle East Ambassador Hopes To Help Abused Women Workers

Bangladesh’s First Female Middle East Ambassador Hopes To Help Abused Women Workers

Bangladesh’s first woman ambassador in the Middle East is hoping her appointment will help female migrant workers in the region, with a mission to build a shelter at the embassy in Jordan for women labourers facing abuse or exploitation. Nahida Sobhan, 52, a career foreign service officer who has worked in Rome, Kolkata and Geneva, […]

Bangladesh Eyes Deal With Malaysia To Protect Migrant Workers From Abuse

Bangladesh Eyes Deal With Malaysia To Protect Migrant Workers From Abuse

Cutting recruitment fees for Bangladeshi migrants who move to Malaysia for work under a new deal could curb human trafficking, according to officials, yet activists said Bangladesh’s migration system must be revamped in order to protect workers. Malaysia last week said it was considering a zero-cost recruitment agreement with Bangladesh – having banned its migrant […]

Abused Bangladeshi Housemaids Struggle For Justice

Abused Bangladeshi Housemaids Struggle For Justice

Traumatised Bangladeshi women who return home after being tortured and abused working in the Middle East rarely get justice because brokers intimidate them and they cannot afford legal aid, a rights group said on Wednesday. In interviews with 110 returnees, 86% did not receive their full salaries, 61% were physically abused, 24% were deprived of […]

Rescued From Sex Slavery, Red Tape Traps Bangladeshi Girls In India

Rescued From Sex Slavery, Red Tape Traps Bangladeshi Girls In India

Priya was 15 when a relative in Bangladesh tricked her with the promise of a dream job as a singer, drugged her, and trafficked her across the border into the sex trade in India. After several failed attempts to escape the brothel in the eastern state of West Bengal where she was trapped for six […]

Bangladesh Promises To Improve Local Flood Warnings After Complaints

Bangladesh Promises To Improve Local Flood Warnings After Complaints

In a survey of some 700 families, about 90% did not receive timely warnings that floods were on their way in July Bangladesh will seek to improve the way it communicates flood warnings to local people in regions at risk of rising waters, a minister said on Monday, responding to a report that many flood […]

Bangladesh Appoints Ex-Judge To Tackle Backlog Of Trafficking Cases

Bangladesh Appoints Ex-Judge To Tackle Backlog Of Trafficking Cases

More than 4,000 cases are awaiting trial under a 2012 law that criminalised trafficking, according to police records – Bangladesh said on Monday it has appointed a former judge to advise on how to clear a huge backlog of trafficking cases after coming under international pressure to do more to tackle the crime. Bangladesh has […]

Rohingya Women Aren’t Backing Down! They Defy Threats To Build Their Lives

Rohingya Women Aren’t Backing Down! They Defy Threats To Build Their Lives

Rohingya refugee Shofika Begum can’t stop the flashbacks from two years ago when her husband and sister were shot dead and she was raped in her village in Myanmar that was then torched. Begum, 22, escaped and now lives in the world’s largest refugee settlement in southeast Bangladesh, where she leads a group of about […]

About 3,000 Homeless As Fire Consumes Bangladesh Slum

About 3,000 Homeless As Fire Consumes Bangladesh Slum

There were no fatalities as most residents were away celebrating the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha About 3,000 people in Bangladesh were left homeless after a massive fire consumed several hundred shanties in a slum on the northern outskirts of the capital city of Dhaka, government officials said on Sunday. Three people were injured in […]

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