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31 Aug 2016

Tribune [Dhaka]

Bangladeshi labour rights activist Kalpona Akter wins award

Kalpona Akter, an activist for garment’s workers in Bangladesh has been honoured with the Alison Des Forges Award for Extraordinary Activism for 2016 for her outstanding achievements, along with four other human rights activists...Kalpona Akter had to toil through her childhood as a child worker in a garments factory herself. Her endurance and tenacity rallied co-workers to demand fair wages and treatment in the workplace....Under threats of physical violence and work termination, she did not waver and has gone on to found Bangladesh Centre for Worker Solidarity....The award also honours Pierre Claver Mbonimpa from Burundi who is a vocal opponent of socio-ethnic discrimination and oppression in his country....Nicholas Opiyo is a human rights lawyer who often challenges unethical and oppressive constitutions....Yonous Muhammadi is an Afghani expatriate living in Greece who is among the most renowned defenders of refugee rights.