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9 Sep 2012

Jim Yardley, New York Times

Fighting for Bangladesh Labor, and Ending Up in Pauper’s Grave [Bangladesh]

…Mr. Islam, a labor organizer…disappeared April 4. Days later, his family discovered that he had been tortured and killed. His murder bore a grim familiarity in a country with a brutal legacy of politically motivated killings, and it raised a troubling question: Was he killed for trying to organize workers? Five months later…There have been no arrests in the case, and the police say they have made little progress…On the day he disappeared, Mr. Islam was trying to resolve a labor impasse at factories that stitch shirts for Tommy Hilfiger [part of Phillips-Van Heusen], American Eagle and other global brands. [Business & Human Rights Resource Centre invited Tommy Hilfiger, Nike & American Eagle to respond. Phillips-Van Heusen responded on behalf of Tommy Hilfiger, Nike declined to respond, American Eagle Outfitters did not respond]