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17 Mär 2015

Harpreet Kaur, South Asia Researcher, Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

No way to mark the 2nd anniversary of the Rana Plaza building collapse in Bangladesh

...on 12 March this year news broke about a cement-factory building collapse.   Seven people died and more than 60 were injured after the roof of the partially-built factory collapsed in the town part of Mongla, about 125 miles from Dhaka.

Since Rana Plaza the spotlight has been (too late) on improving conditions in the garment industry – yet even there, the pace of progress has been disappointing as a recent report by Danwatch highlights: “The Lost Thread – Violations and abuse of power in the garment industry in Bangladesh.”

This recent incident reflects the fact that less attention has been paid to other industries such as leather, construction and cement: which do not have prominent links through to international supply chains...