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10 Jul 2013

M Rahman, Daily Star (Bangladesh)

Govt decides to drop cases against RMG worker leaders [Bangladesh]

The government decided to withdraw cases against some garment workers’ leaders and expedite investigation into the sensational workers’ leader Aminul Islam murder case in an effort to create an image abroad that it was working for the workers’ rights...The move comes against the backdrop of the suspension of trade privileges, known as the Generalised System of Preferences, for Bangladesh by the US on June 27 due to “’serious shortcomings” in safety and labour standards. The home ministry decided to withdraw16 cases filed against garment workers’ leader Kalpona Akhter and Babul Akhter...