Bangladesh: Owners of Tazreen garment factory charged with homicide for fire killing 112 employees claim they are not guilty

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27 November 2018

Clean Clothes Campaign: 6 years after deadly Tazreen factory fire, Bangladesh risks new wave of factory incidents

Author: Clean Clothes Campaign

Today marks the sixth anniversary of the deadly Tazreen factory fire, which killed at least 112 workers who were producing clothes for a range of international brands, including Walmart, C&A, El Corte Ingles and KiK. As survivors and families of killed workers commemorate this fateful day, Bangladesh is moving fast towards a situation in which factories could quickly return to the death traps that they were in 2012. The announced forced closure of the Bangladesh Accord’s domestic office operations later this month threatens to undermine the positive developments of the last five years and to plunge the country back into a situation in which workers will have to fear for their lives when entering their workplace.

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11 February 2014

Justice for Bangladesh’s Workers

Author: New York Times

The owners of a Bangladeshi factory, Tazreen Fashions, where a fire killed 112 workers in late 2012, surrendered to the police on Sunday and are expected to face trial on charges of negligence...Fires in factories have killed hundreds of garment workers in Bangladesh in recent years. Yet legal experts say the owner of Tazreen, Delowar Hossain and his wife, Mahmuda Akther, who was also a director at the company, may be the first executives in the country to be charged with a crime related to a factory fire...Initially, the police in Bangladesh said that they did not have enough evidence to bring a case against Mr. Hossain. But a court ordered officials to investigate further after human rights activists filed a lawsuit...Mr. Hossain has denied any responsibility and said he plans to plead not guilty...[Refers to H&M, Gap, Walmart]

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9 February 2014

Months After Deadly Fire, Owners of Bangladesh Factory Surrender to Court

Author: Julfikar Ali Manik & Ellen Barry, New York Times

A husband and wife whose factory in Bangladesh was consumed by fire in 2012...that killed 112 employees, surrendered to a court...[M]ore than a year after the fire, the police filed charges of culpable homicide against the owners of the Tazreen factory— Delowar Hossain, and his wife, Mahmuda Akther, along with 11 associates...Mr. Hossain’s lawyer...whose motion for bail was rejected...argued that Mr. Hossain and Ms. Akther were not present at the time of the fire and had “neither direct involvement nor indirect involvement” in it. Mr. Gous said he would appeal the denial of bail. A state prosecutor...argued that the owners had failed to make the necessary arrangements to ensure the safety and security of the workers...[A] high-level government investigation...accused Mr. Hossain of “unpardonable negligence,”...Mr. Hossain said he intended to plead not guilty...

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