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Stop killings of Bangladesh garment sector unionists

Serious human rights issues in Bangladesh have been raised by yet another murder of a union member, Rabiul Islam. He was a member of our project partner the National Garment Workers Federation and was killed by thugs hired by a garment factory owner.

This ruthless crime against a worker exercising a basic human right to join a union followed hard on the heels of the murder of Shahidul Islam (see photo), human rights defender and leader of Bangladesh Garment and Industrial Workers Federation (BGIWF). On 25 June 2023, he died from injuries inflicted by a group of men at the Prince Jacquard Sweaters factory in Gazipur while resolving a worker payment dispute. Our condolences go to the men, their families and colleagues.

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