Aminul Islam

Bangladesh: Garment Workers, Unions Demand Justice on Anniversary of Activist’s Murder

  • April 5, 2016
  • Balmi Chisim

Four years after the tortured, lifeless body of Bangladesh garment worker organizer Aminul Islam was discovered in a ditch, his killers have yet to be arrested. Yesterday the Bangladesh Garment and Industrial Workers Federation (BGIWF) and Bangladesh Center for Workers Solidarity (BCWS) demanded that authorities find and bring Aminul’s killers to trial. Aminul was a… [READ MORE]

3 Years Later, No Justice for Slain Garment Worker Leader

Three years after the torture and murder of garment worker union leader Aminul Islam, his killers have not been brought to justice. The AFL-CIO and eight other global global labor rights organizations have written to Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on the anniversary of his murder to demand his killers be located and prosecuted. Aminul,… [READ MORE]

Bangladesh Reinstates Garment Worker Rights Group

The Bangladesh government has re-registered the Bangladesh Center for Worker Solidarity (BCWS), a move that means the organization can fully function again and pursue its mission of educating workers about their rights. The Bangladesh government revoked the organization’s registration in 2010 and arrested its leaders, Babul Akhter, Kalpona Akter and Aminul Islam, on criminal charges… [READ MORE]

U.S. Trade Decision Key Step for Bangladesh Worker Rights

Workers in Bangladesh—especially millions of poorly paid garment workers who often risk their lives in dangerous factories—won a new tool to advance their rights when the United States suspended preferential trade benefits with the country. Yesterday’s announcement that the United States suspended its Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) agreement with Bangladesh based on chronic and… [READ MORE]

INTERVIEW: Violence Arises Against Bangladeshi Garment Workers

The murder earlier this year of a Bangladeshi union organizer is part of an escalation of attacks on the nation’s 4 million garment workers who seek to change abusive working conditions, says Kalpona Akter, executive director of the Bangladesh Center for Worker Solidarity (BCWS). Akter, who just ended a visit to the United States sponsored… [READ MORE]

Congressional Hearing Focuses on Worker Rights in Bangladesh

Bangladesh’s longstanding abuse of worker rights, failure to enforce labor laws, and increasing violence against labor activists, including threats and murder, were the focus of a human rights hearing yesterday on Capitol Hill, where a senior Solidarity Center staffer and other regional and rights experts provided testimony. Tim Ryan, Solidarity Center Asia Regional Program Director,… [READ MORE]

Bangladesh: Group Demands Full Investigation into Murder of Aminul Islam

Solidarity Center staff joined family and colleagues of Aminul Islam at a press conference last week to call for justice in Aminul’s murder. Aminul, a union organizer and president of the Bangladesh Garment and Industrial Workers’ Federation (BGIWF)’s local committee in the Savar and Ashulia areas of Dhaka, Aminul, a longtime friend of the Solidarity… [READ MORE]

U.S. Ambassador Warns against ‘Tarnishing the Bangladesh Brand’

U.S. Ambassador to Bangladesh Dan Mozena warned garment industry leaders in Dhaka that recent developments in the ready-made garment industry, including the unsolved murder of union activist Aminul Islam, could coalesce into “a perfect storm that could threaten the Bangladesh brand” in the United States. “Although this murder has elicited little attention or interest in… [READ MORE]

Clinton Addresses Worker Rights, Calls for Justice in Aminul Islam Murder at Dhaka Town Meeting

During a “Townterview” this week with young Bangladeshi leaders at the International School in Dhaka, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton drew applause in fielding a question about repression of worker rights and the murder of union activist Aminul Islam, a longtime friend and colleague of the Solidarity Center. Aleya Akter, secretary general of… [READ MORE]