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Report Tallies Threats against Guatemala Unionists

Guatemala is still one of the most dangerous places in the world for worker rights activists, with 14 incidents of anti-union violence documented and verified in 2015, according to a report issued today by the Worker Rights Defenders Network of Guatemala. The incidents—including the October 2015 murder of Mynor Rolando Ramos Castillo, a municipal worker… [READ MORE]

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]

Honduran Leader Berta Cáceres Murdered in the Midst of a Life Defending Her Community

This is a cross-post from the AFL-CIO Now blog. In her life and in her death at the hands of assassins this week, Berta Cáceres, a leader in Honduran struggles for social justice, exemplifies the difficult choices that so many Central American communities have faced over the past 40 years. When the region was torn… [READ MORE]

University Union Leader Murdered in Honduras

Héctor Martínez Motiño, president of a local sectional union of Workers of the National Autonomous University of Honduras (SITRAUNAH), was murdered Tuesday, shot by gunmen as he drove home from work. Martínez Motiño, a lecturer at the Choluteca campus of the National Autonomous University of Honduras, in the south of the country, had faced three… [READ MORE]

Guatemalan Unionists: No Meaningful Progress for Worker Rights

Guatemalan trade union leaders met with U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman in Guatemala City today to express their frustration with the failure of the Guatemalan government to make any meaningful progress in protecting worker rights. The meeting took place as Guatemala neared the deadline for complying with a “Labor Action Plan” it signed with the… [READ MORE]

Bangladesh: 1 Year Later, Murderer of Aminul Islam Still Free

The Solidarity Center and the international worker rights movement are commemorating Bangladesh union leader Aminul Islam, who was brutally murdered one year ago today. His murderer or murderers remain at large. Aminul, 39, was a plant-level union leader at an export processing zone in Bangladesh, an organizer for the Bangladesh Center for Workers’ Solidarity (BCWS), and… [READ MORE]