TAZREEN Factory Fire Part 2 20 November 2013- 7 February 2015

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* Tazreen Factory Fire: A Year Later, Survivors Feel Forgotten:

A year after the deadly factory fire that killed 112 garment workers at Tazreen Fashions Ltd. in Bangladesh, survivors and the families of those killed and injured say they have been forgotten by the factory owner, international buyers and the government.

In interviews with Solidarity Center staff in Dhaka, the Bangladesh capital, many survivors said they were so injured in the blaze and escape from the building that they are unable to work again. Yet the compensation they received after the disaster—if they received any assistance at all—was not sufficient to cover initial medical bills, let alone pay for the expensive, ongoing care many need. Some were the sole breadwinners and, without the ability to work and with no financial assistance to see them through their recoveries, their families often go hungry, they cannot afford to send their children to school and many even risk losing their homes.

“I am not able to work and I don’t think that I will be able to work anymore,” said Shahanaz Begum. “Now, my life seems worthless.”

Like nearly all Tazreen garment workers who made it out of the burning multistory building alive on November 24, 2012, Shahanaz survived by jumping through a window. Windows—most of them barred—were the only exit because the factory had no fire escapes and staircases were locked or led to the burning storage room on the first floor. And like all survivors with whom the Solidarity Center spoke, Shahanaz said a factory manager told her she could not leave. She left anyway, searching through the smoke and darkness for a way out until she was forced to jump.

Now, Shahanaz said, “I cannot see through my right eye. I have problems in my spinal cord and can’t even walk properly. I cannot sit properly as my left leg was broken, my right leg is filled with blood clots and I cannot lift heavy weights.”
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* One year after Tazreen fire, the fight for justice continues:

Twelve months after at least 112 people lost their lives trapped in the Tazreen Fashions factory in Dhaka, Bangladesh, families of the decased and survivors are still waiting for full and fair compensation.

On November 24, 2012, Tazreen Fashions, a clothing factory on the outskirts of Dhaka, Bangladesh, supplying global clothing brands was engulfed in flames.

One year after the fire, Clean Clothes Campaing and International Labor Rights Forum are still calling for immediate and urgent action by all brands associated with the Tazreen Fashions factory to:

  • commit to working together with other brands and stakeholders to ensure full and fair compensation for all the victims of Tazreen fire, drawing onthe Arrangement established for Rana Plaza, and
  • commit to making a fair financial contribution to the process and ensuring that a fund for full and fair compensation is fully financed.

Only C&A, Karl Rieker, El Corte Ingles and Li&Fung have signalled their intention to work with other stakeholders to develop a compensation framework for Tazreen victims.

To date only C&A has committed any substantial compensation and developed systems to ensure funds are distributed among the victims. Li & Fung has also made payments. While some brands linked to Tazreen have stated they will make voluntary contributions, no other brand has yet paid adequate amounts. These companies include: Delta Apparel (USA), Dickies (USA), Disney (USA), Edinburgh Woollen Mill (UK), El Corte Ingles (Spain), Enyce (USA), Karl Rieker (Germany), KiK (Germany), Piazza Italia (Italy), Sears (USA), Teddy Smith (France), and Walmart (USA).

Mirjam van Heugten of Clean Clothes Campaign says: “While brand executives lean back and dodge responsibility, survivors and families of the dead have lost their only source of income, and have high medical costs and injuries which prevent them from finding new work, including painful psychological scars. By taking no action or delaying payment of deserved compensation brands are condemning people to live in poverty and pain.”

Amirul Haque Amin, general secretary of the National Garment Workers Federation (NGWF) reports: “Some workers were thrown out of families because they cannot earn a wage anymore and are using expensive medication after the fire. It is a shame that brands make these people, who often have lost loved ones, stand on hold for 12 months.”

CCC and ILRF single out US retailer Walmart in particular for having taken no action even though the largest portion of the factory’s production was destined for Walmart.  “As the largest retailer in the world, Walmart has a major responsibility to ensure the safety of the people that make their clothes.  Their repeated claim of unauthorized sub-contracting is no excuse for abdicating responsibility. By taking no action at all to provide compensation to victims since the devastating Tazreen fire, Walmart has shown complete disregard for human life,” says Liana Foxvog from International Labor Rights Forum.
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* Less than 200 euros compensation for Kalpona:

On 24th November 2012, Kalpona, a garment worker from Bangladesh, jumped from the third floor of the burning Tazreen factory and fell to the ground, breaking her leg. She was rushed to the nearest clinic like many others. She has been waiting for compensation for twelve months and wants to move on.

Kalpona (22) lives in a small village of Kurigram District (in the north of Bangladesh). She was born in Kurigram but she did not live with the rest of her family for long because they were too poor to sustain her.

When Kalpona was 16 years old, she moved with her husband to Dhaka to earn a better living and support an aging mother back in the village. In Dhaka, Kalpona gave birth to a baby boy, but two years later, her husband died.

That’s when she started working in the Tazreen factory. She sent money to her ill and aging mother and supported her son. She had to leave her son along in the slums of Nischintapur while she was away in the factory. One day she returned home from work and found her son’s arm was broken.

“We worked such long hours in the factory that it was impossible to take a day or even an hour’s break to attend an emergency like this,” she says.

The government and the BGMEA (Bangladesh Garments Manufacturers’ and Exporters’ Association) publicly promised that the victims would receive medical and wage compensation, but Kalpona has not received this.
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* IndustriALL marks one year since Tazreen fire:

As negotiations continue toward a compensation agreement, IndustriALL Global Union and UNI Global Union are marking one-year since the factory fire that killed at least 112 workers on 24 November 2012.

Tazreen survivors and members of victims’ families shared their stories of the day with IndustriALL and UNI at the site in October.
Watch the video to hear one of these accounts.

IndustriALL Global Union general secretary Jyrki Raina said:
“The stories of the Tazreen survivors are so harrowing.  Still now, one year after the deadly fire, anyone visiting the site can see the fire damaged building where workers jumped from the third floor windows to escape.  Many of those survivors broke their legs when jumping to safety.

The psychological scars are worse than those on their legs.  Many survivors talk of being ordered to remain at their posts while managers safely escaped via stairways, of hearing their colleagues scream, and of never seeing their friends and relatives since the moment the smoke filled the factory.

I hope these stories are known by those complacent brands who have stayed outside of the compensation negotiations after sourcing from Tazreen.  

One year has passed and families are in extreme hardship because the Tazreen factory was allowed to become a death-trap.”
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* Tazreen fire victims still cry for justice:

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Victims of Tazreen Fashions fire hold a cultural programme at Nishchintapur in Ashulia to mark one year of the tragedy that left 112 people killed. — Sony Ramany

Affected workers and family members of those killed in the Tazreen Fashions fire last year staged demonstrations on Friday in front of the fire- ravaged factory at Nichintapur in Ashulia, on the outskirts of the capital Dhaka, and expressed their frustration over the slow pace of investigation.

Many affected people also said they were yet to receive compensation while many demanded exemplary punishment of the factory owner Delwar Hossain and others in the management for their negligence which had left 112 people killed in the blaze allegedly caused by poor fire safety.
The family members of affected and some survivors recalled the horror as they gathered near the factory to offer prayers organised in memory of the deceased two days before the anniversary of the tragedy.
On November 24, 2012, a devastating fire broke out on the ground floor of the multi-storey building and quickly engulfed other floors with the management initially barring evacuation, leaving many workers trapped inside.
Al least 112 workers were either burnt to death or died while trying to escape the blaze.
On Friday, the victims’ families also brought out a peaceful procession demanding justice.
‘I did not see the body of my sister killed in the fire,’ said Matinul Islam Matin, who lost his sister Rehana Begum in the fire.
Rehana was among the 16 who remained missing since unidentified bodies of 12 victims were buried in Jurain graveyard in Dhaka. Matin expressed his deep frustration at the slow pace of investigation by the Criminal Investigation Department of the case filed with the Ashulia police station against unnamed miscreants.
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* First Anniversary Of Tazreen Fashions Fire :Victims demand compensation:

Several hundred victims of the fire at Tazreen Fashions and their family members yesterday demonstrated at Nishchintapur of Ashulia, where the garment factory was, demanding compensation and also exemplary punishment for those responsible for the tragedy.

Part of garment conglomerate Tuba Group, Tazreen Fashions, a multi-storied readymade garment factory, was gutted by a deadly fire on November 24 last year that left around 112 workers dead and many injured.
The family members of those who died and some survivors along with social and rights activists organised a short procession on the street in front of the burnt down factory two days before the first anniversary of the fire.
The demonstrators offered a short prayer to Allah and the victims shared what they called was the most traumatic event in their lives.
Md Mirazul Islam, who used be a supervisor of the factory’s sewing section, is now unemployed with serious burn injuries to his right hand.
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* US retailers decline to aid Tazreen, Rana Plaza victims:

One year after the Tazreen factory fire in Bangladesh, many retailers that sold garments produced there or inside the Rana Plaza building that collapsed last spring are refusing to join an effort to compensate the families of the more than 1,200 workers who died in those disasters, a report of the New York Times said.

The International Labour Organisation is working with Bangladeshi officials, labour groups and several retailers to create ambitious compensation funds to assist not just the families of the dead, but also more than 1,800 workers who were injured, some of them still hospitalised, according to the report that was published on November 22.

A handful of retailers — led by Primark, an Anglo-Irish company, and C&A, a Dutch-German company — are deeply involved in getting long-term compensation funds off the ground, one for Rana Plaza’s victims and one for the victims of the Tazreen fire, which killed 112 workers last November 24.

But to the dismay of those pushing to create the compensation funds, neither Walmart, Sears, Children’s Place nor any of the other American companies that were selling goods produced at Tazreen or Rana Plaza have agreed to contribute to the efforts.

Supporters of compensation plans say they are needed to pay for medical care for those who are paralysed or otherwise badly injured, to provide income after a vital breadwinner died and to give families enough income so that children are not forced to quit school and go to work.

“Compensation is so important because so many families are suffering — many families don’t have anyone left to support them,” said Kalpona Akter, executive director of the Bangladesh Center for Worker Solidarity. “There’s been a good response from some European brands, but so far none of the US retailers have agreed to pay a single penny for compensation.”
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* Tazreen fire anniversary today:

Labour organisations and social workers will observe today the first anniversary of fire at Tazreen Fashions at Nichintapur in Ashulia, the outskirt of the capital Dhaka, with the victims still crying for justice.

Different organisations have chalked out daylong programmes in front of the fire- ravaged factory at Nichintapur while others will hold demonstration in the capital pressing for their demands including trial of the Tazreen owner and others responsible for the incident and workers’ safety at workplaces.
On November 24, 2012, a fire broke out in the ground floor of the multi-storey building and quickly engulfed other floors with the management initially barring evacuation, leaving many workers trapped inside.
Al least 112 workers were either burnt to death or died while trying to escape the blaze.
On Friday, the victims’ families also brought out a peaceful procession demanding justice.
Many affected people said they were yet to receive compensation while many demanded exemplary punishment of the factory owner Delwar Hossain and others in the management for their negligence.
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* One year on, compensation still eludes Tazreen victims:

The Tazreen fire victims are yet to receive any compensation one year after the industrial disaster, one of the worst in the country’s history, owing to mainly American retailers’ refusal to do so.

Not only that, Delwar Hossain, owner of Tuba Group, the parent company of Tazreen Fashions, remains at large despite the filing of two cases and a writ petition were filed against him.
“This is disgusting,” Roy Ramesh Chandra, general secretary of the local arm of IndustriALL, a global union federation, said about the retailers’ resistance towards committing money for the $6 million compensation programme for Tazreen survivors and families.
Kalpona Akter, executive director of the Bangladesh Centre for Worker Solidarity, said the response from “some European brands” has been “good”, but so far “none of the American retailers have agreed to pay a single penny” for compensation.
The US retail giant Wal-Mart has been singled out for criticism. Production documents recovered after the Tazreen fire indicate that 55 percent of the factory’s production two months prior to the incident on November 24, was for Wal-Mart contractors.
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* Losses immeasurable for victims, not for owner:

How should the losses caused by last year’s November 24 fire at Ashulia’s Tazreen Fashions be accounted for?

To Delwar Hossain, the owner of the factory and director of Tuba Group that has six other garment factories, the losses mean burnt stocks, cancelled orders and missed opportunities of making profit. All of these can be measured in monetary terms.
“I reported losses of Tk 63 crore to the five-member committee that was formed by the home ministry to probe the incident,” he told The Daily Star.
“But my actual losses consist in lost business opportunities since many buyers are not comfortable placing orders with the Tuba group after the Tazreen fire.”
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* Compensation not enough:

For those who died in the fire at Tazreen Fashions a year ago, each victim family should get an average of Tk 28 lakh as compensation, demanded a labour rights platform Sramik Nirapatta Forum yesterday.

“The compensation should take into calculation all the years of wages a worker would have been able to earn had she or he been alive. And as for the injured, it should be an aggregate of the earnings lost due to inability to work,” said secretary of the forum Syed Sultan Uddin Ahmed.
On November 24, 2012, a devastating fire in Tazreen Fashions Ltd at Nishchintapur of Ashulia, Savar killed 112 workers and injured scores others.
Yesterday morning, labour rights activists under the banner Sramik Nirapatta Forum (Workers’ Safety Forum) congregated at Jurain cemetery to remind how the garment industry’s nonchalance killed so many workers.

They demanded that the international retailers, who were outsourcing garment products from Tazreen, and the factory owner compensate the victim families immediately, as it has already been delayed by a year.
The activists also decried Sear’s and Walmart’s refusal to compensate, and vowed to bring the owner of Tazreen Fashions to book.
The Bangladesh Council of IndustriALL, a global union fighting for workers’ safety, pressed similar demands in a human chain in front of the Press Club in the capital yesterday.
“Walmart must agree to compensate the victims,” demanded the activists.
Walmart also did not show up at the IndustriALL meeting held in Geneva in September.
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* No move yet to identify more Tazreen fire victims:

Relatives fail to get compensation

Uncertainty looms large over the fate of unidentified Tazreen fire victims as there is no clear announcement regarding their identification and compensation even a year after the deadliest blaze.

The worried relatives are still waiting for help and have been moving desperately from here and there after the apparel factory owners had pledged adequate compensation for family members who lost their near and dear ones in the blaze.
Two days after the inferno that killed at least 112 workers at Tazreen Fashions in Ashulia on November 24 last year, DNA samples were collected from 53 unrecognised bodies while 37 were later matched.

There is also a gap of information regarding the number of unidentified Tazreem victims. According to the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA), 13 died in the Tazreen fire while the Labour Ministry put the number at 12 on October 21 last.
The National Forensic DNA Profiling Laboratory (NFDPL) sources said the number of unidentified Tazreen victims is 10.

“When I contacted the BGMEA, it asked me to talk to the government officials while the latter is yet to say anything until Saturday,” Abdul Jabbar, husband of Mahfuza Begum who worked for Tazreen, told the FE.
Ms Mahfuza’s dead body still remains unidentified.
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* Stories of survivors and their families:

To mark the one-year anniversary of the deadly Tazreen Fashions factory fire in Bangladesh, the Solidarity Center is highlighting stories of survivors and their families.
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* Tazreen Survivor, Morsheda: We Poor Have Lost Everything:

Morsheda could not travel to her home village in Bangladesh for the recent Eid holiday because she could not afford the trip.

Her 9-year-old son, who lives in the village with his grandmother, told neighbors there that he does not have parents because if he did, they would be with him for the holiday
“You cannot imagine how very painful it is for parents to hear such words from their child,” she said.

Since sustaining severe injuries in the November 24, 2012, Tazreen Fashions garment factory fire, Morsheda, 25, has been too disabled to work. Without funds for her son’s education, she sent him to live with her relatives.

Morsheda has lost the use of her right hand, so badly damaged during her flight from the blaze that swept through the multistory factory that she can only prepare meals with the help of her sister. To get out of the factory, Morsheda, like nearly every Tazreen survivor, was forced to jump from a window to safety after she and co-workers found the stairwell exits locked.
They escaped even though their manager had ordered them back to work when the fire alarm sounded. Her right eye was gashed as a result of her fall, and she still has difficulty seeing from it.
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* Abdul: I Could Not Find My Wife’s Body:

Mahfuza Khatun, 22, was a sewing machine operator on the fourth floor of the Tazreen Fashions garment factory when the multistory building went up in flames just outside Dhaka, the Bangladesh capital. Some 112 garment workers were killed in the November 24, 2012, tragedy, and Mahfuza was among them, although her body has never been found. 

“I did everything to find her dead body. Unfortunately, all my efforts were in vain,” said Md. Abdul, Mahfuza’s husband.
Abdul and his 2-year-old son live with his parents and Abdul’s three siblings. As the eldest son, he must provide nearly all the financial support for his extended family.

“The family used to be supported by the income of me and my wife,” said Abdul, also a garment worker. Now, his income alone cannot cover all the family’s costs. As a result, he said, “My son often becomes sick, and I cannot take him to the doctor for lack of money.”
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* Tazreen Survivor, Anjuma: Days Pass by without Food:

When someone knocks on her door, Anjuma knows a debt collector is probably on the other side. But ever since she escaped with severe injuries from the disastrous fire at the Tazreen Fashions factory where she worked as a cleaner, she has had no money to pay her bills.

“People become the prisoners of jail, but I became a prisoner of the world,” Anjuma, 45, said with a blank look. When the fire broke out, killing 112 workers at Tazreen, on the outskirts of Dhaka, Bangladesh, Anjuma jumped out the fourth-floor window onto a nearby roof. But her leg was sliced by a metal rod, and the debilitating injuries she sustained have made it impossible for her to work again. Faruk, a fellow worker who helped her escape, died in the consuming blaze. Anjuma also lost three cousins at Tazreen, one of whom was never found.

“My husband is a rickshaw puller but he is very old and not able to work more,” Anjuma said. She has three sons and a daughter. Among them, only one takes care of her. But he earns little and has gone into debt as well trying to help her. She has so many medical expenses, she cannot afford rent or food, and her landlord twice locked her out of the house for not paying rent. She’s now seven months behind in her rent.

Anjuma received no compensation for her injuries. Not from her factory employer. Not from the brands whose clothes were made at Tazreen.
And not from the government.
Each week, she travels to a hospital for treatment and finds it difficult even to pay for the transportation.
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* Tazreen Survivor, Anjuara: Too Injured to Hold Her Child:

Anjuara suffers from constant pain. She is too injured to work and unable to pay the rent. Yet this is not the worst of  her suffering following the November 24, 2012, Tazreen Fashions garment factory fire in Bangladesh.

“The most painful thing is that I haven’t been able to lift up my 3-year-old baby girl in my lap for the past year because of the severe pain in my hand and back,” Anjuara said, tears in her eyes.

Over the past year, Anjuara’s medical bills have added up to nearly $3,900—a fortune in a country where the average yearly income is $770, according to the United Nations. The compensation she received in the wake of the tragedy, $1,282.05, from the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturing and Exporting Association (BGMEA), did not come close to covering these costs. So she sold her few valuable possessions, such as her television and the small plot of land she owned in her village. She also went through her savings.

Yet she is far from well and may never be able to work. She is regularly in pain and cannot sit for long periods. Anjuara sustained two broken vertebrae and a broken shoulder when she made her escape from the blaze that killed 112 of her fellow garment workers and injured thousands more. Today, she is unable to lift heavy items.
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* Aferza, Tazreen Survivor: I Starve with My Kids:

Aferza, 25, left her village in 2010 for Dhaka, the Bangladesh capital, to escape poverty. She planned to help support her family and educate her children with the money she earned.

On November 24, 2012, she was working as a sewing operator on the fourth floor of the Tazreen Fashions Ltd., garment factory when a fire swept through the building. Like nearly all workers who escaped the blaze, she was forced to jump from a window because the building had no fire escapes. Her husband found her lying unconscious among dead bodies near the burning building.

Her skull was fractured and a broken chest bone punctured her lung. Now, she says, “I am unable to take a glass of water on my own. I cannot sit or lie down for very long. I feel intolerable pain in my whole body and cry constantly.”

Unable to work, she sold the small plot of land she owned in her home village to help pay for medical expenses and food for her family.
She spent the compensation she received from the Bangladesh Garments Manufacturing and Exporting Association (BGMEA) and Caritas, a private, Jesuit-run organization, for her medical treatment. “Living here with my husband and children, I cannot contribute to the maintenance of my family,” she says. “My husband is a rickshaw puller whose poor income cannot cover all these costs. Almost all of his earnings are spent on the cost of my medicine.
”As a result, she said, “I starve with my kids and cannot buy medicine for me.”
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* Life still a fight for many traumatised survivors:

All of them had sad stories of their own hardships to tell

A year has passed after the tragic fire at garment factory of Tazreen Fashions at Ashulia and life has become tough for the survivors.

As soon as this correspondent reached Nischintopur village – where the factory is situated – on Saturday, many survivors rushed towards him.
All of them had sad stories of their own hardships to tell. They felt hopeful that this might be an opening for getting help – financial or any kind of help for that matter would suffice.

This correspondent was shot back with one question multiple times: “What will be the use of interviewing us again? Over the last one year, we have given names and interviews to many organisations literally every month; but we have got nothing except vague assurances.”

“We have nothing left for us. It would have been easier for us if we had died in that fire,” Mohammad Zikrul Islam, once a swing helper of the factory, said.
He said: “Over the last year, I have given interviews to more than 20 organisations; but got nothing; not even the Tk100,000 that some of the survivors got.”
“I was not in the hospital, is that my fault? Survivors, who were at the hospital received Tk100,000, and we, who did not need to be admitted for treatment, became useless”.

Zikrul, who jumped off from the third floor of the factory and injured himself, asked this reporter: “We have not been able to pay house rents for many months now. Shop owners would not sell anything to us because we cannot pay them. Is that what you call living?”
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* Compensation still an empty hope:

The families of the deceased and the survivors of the fire are yet to receive any compensation from the global buyers

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IndustriAll Bangladesh Council organised a human chain in front of National Press Club yesterday demanding compensation for the victims of Tazreen fire tragedy.
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Although a year had passed since the deadly blaze at Tazreen Fashion claimed the lives of at least 112 people, the families of the deceased and the survivors of the fire are yet to receive any compensation from the global buyers.

Thirteen people who were killed in the fire – which also injured over 100 others – are yet to be identified as the necessary processes including the DNA test had not been completed, according to the BGMEA.
On November 24, 2012, Tazreen Fashions, a clothing factory on the outskirts of Dhaka was engulfed in flames.

“Big brands like Wal-mart should come forward to compensate Tazreen’s victims. If they do not do so, we will continue to pursue them to come onboard in the process of compensation as per the ILO convention of 121,” said Roy Romesh Chandra, secretary general of IndustriALL Bangladesh Council.
“To the best of my knowledge, none but C&A [an international chain of fashion retail stores] provided some financial assistance to the victims of the Tazreen Fashion fire incident,” Romesh added.

The Clean Clothes Campaign (CCC), an alliance of labour unions and NGOs, also said that to date only C&A had committed any substantial compensation and developed systems to ensure funds were distributed among the victims.
Saying that Li & Fung (a global sourcing firm) had also made payments, the CCC added that while some brands linked to Tazreen had stated they will make voluntary contributions, no other brand has yet paid adequate amounts.
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* Tazreen owner still scot-free:

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Family members of fire victims in Tazreen Fashion expressed frustration as the owner of the factory has not yet been arrested one year into the incident even though a probe committee found him guilty of criminal negligence.

Tazreen’s tragic fire on November 24 last year killed 112 factory workers and injured many others. Many say the workers of the factory could not save their lives as some officials locked the collapsible gates.

After the fire incident the home ministry probe report says: “In the history of Bangladesh, no factory fire has surpassed the Tazreen Fashions Limited fire. It is evident that the owner’s unpardonable negligence is responsible for these appalling death. The owner of Tazreen Fashion Limited should be convicted under statuette 304.”
That committee disclosed the report last December.

The family members of the victims believe it was not merely an accident as the factory authorities prevented workers from getting out of the building.
Motiqul Islam’s sister died in that incident and before he perished he made a phone call to his brother. She said workers were trapped inside the burning building as some officials of the factory did not let them get out of the building.

After that, Matiqul filed a case against owner Delwar Hossain with the Chief Judicial Magistrate Court. He is now keeping a low profile after he was threatened with dire consequences if he did not withdraw the case.

Meanwhile, Ashulia Police Station sought more time for investigation after the investigation officer of the case had been changed.
Officer-in-charge of Ashulia Police Station SM Badrul Alam said: “We have sought further instructions from the court as the IO has been transferred.”
Badrul, however, said a separate case filed by Criminal Investigation Department after the incident was now under investigation. But he could not say anything about the progress of the case.
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* Punish culprits responsible for Tazreen fire: Speakers:

Rights activists and labour leaders demand punishment to those responsible for the fire in Tazreen Fashion

Rights activists and labour leaders on Saturday demanded punishment to those responsible for the fire in Tazreen Fashion and proper compensation for the victims.

They said some of the victims had received financial assistances but not any compensation from the government nor from Bangladesh Garments Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA).
Hameeda Hossain, convener of Sramik Nirapatta Forum said if any worker received any such assistance that was not their compensation rather it was assistance.
Demanding compensation for the victims she said: “Tuba Group, the mother company of Tazreen, is running other businesses and they can manage compensation from there.”
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* Victim families want compensation, safe work place:

The families of Tazreen Fashions Ltd fire victims on Sunday demanded compensation on the basis of ‘loss of earning’, safe work place and immediate arrest of Tazreen owner.

They made the demand in a human chain formed under the banner of National Garments Workers’ Federation on the occasion of one year of Tazreen fire at Jurain Graveyard.
The fatal fire in Tazreen on 24, 2012 killed 112 garments workers and injured over 150 workers.
Speakers in the human chain demanded to realise the compensation from the buyers Walmart, Dickies, Delta apparel, Disney, KiK, Karl Rieker. Edinburgh Woolen Mill.
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* Bangladesh police to charge factory owner over deadly fire:

Bangladesh police said Sunday they plan to charge the owner of a garment factory over a fire that killed 111 people as they wrap up an investigation 12 months after the tragedy.

Police officials said charges would be laid against 15 people including owner Delwar Hossain, security guards and managers over the fire that swept through the Tazreen factory that supplied clothes to Western retailers including Walmart.
“Delwar and his wife, who is the co-owner of the factory, are going to be charged with causing death due to negligence,” Monsur Ali Mondol, a police investigator of the case, told AFP.
The fire — which broke out exactly 12 months ago — on the outskirts of Dhaka was the country’s worst industrial inferno and shed an international light at the time on the appalling safety conditions of the country’s $22 billion garment industry.
“Our investigation is almost complete. We’ll soon press the charges against around 15 people,” said A.K.M Mohsinuzzaman Khan, another police inspector investigating the case.
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* HC: Compensate Tazreen victims by 15 days :

Order issued on the day marking one year of Tazreen fire

The High Court has ordered authorities to compensate the identified victims of Tazreen Fashions Limited fire by 15 days.
The order was given on Sunday – the day that marks one year of the fire that killed more than 120 in one of the worst factory disasters in recent times.
Bench of Justice Md Rezaul Haque and Justice ABM Altaf Hossain issued the order for those identified victims who were yet to receive any compensation.
The bench asked petition lawyer Asaduzzaman to produce information on international standard for compensation.
The two judges adjourned the court until January 30 next year.
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* Tazreen victims stare at uncertain future:

The survivers of the Tazreen Fashions fire in Ashulia are facing an uncertain future, a number of them with disabilities inflicted by the incident, and many remaining jobless one year after the tragedy.

Many of the survivors are passing days in extreme hardship nursing their wounds or struggling to recover from the trauma they suffered, New Age found a visit to the burnt-out factory building and its surroundings at Nishchintapur in Ashulia.
At least 112 apparel workers lost their lives and several thousand sustained injuries, many of them maimed, in the deadly fire that ravaged the factory on November 24, 2012.
Garment Sramik Kalyan Oikya Parishad’s Ashulia unit vice-president Khorshed Alam told New Age that most of the survivors had found no job after the blaze. Particularly the workers who are still nursing wounds or have been left maimed by the fire are surviving precariously with no income and no one to help them.
Some of the survivors told New Age that they were still struggling to recover from the trauma of the horror. Some said the traumatic experiences of the blaze have held them back from joining any other factory for job.
‘In clinical psychology, such experiences reflect a very critical condition of someone’s mental health, which is called “post-traumatic stress disorder”,‘ said Dhaka University clinical psychology teacher Kamal UA Chowdhury.
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* TK 5 lakh compensation demanded for each Tazrin fire victim:

Leaders of the National Garment Workers Federation (NGWF) have demanded better medical treatment and Tk 5 lakh compensation for the each family of deceased and injured workers of the Tazrin garment factory based on “loss of earning.”

They also demanded immediate arrest of the responsible persons, including the factory owner, for the devastating fire at the factory on November 24, 2012 that claimed 112 lives.
The demands were placed at a human chain, organised by the NGWF, at the National Press Club in the city on Sunday.
The human chain was attended by NGWF’s vice president Md Faruk Khan, general secretary Safiya Pervin, vice president Nurun Nahar and other distinguished leaders of the federation.
Although one year has passed after the tragedy, the families of the deceased and injured workers are yet to receive compensation on the basis of “loss of earning,” they said. Most of the injured workers of Tazrin Fashion are a in a critical condition and they may be decimated due to lack of better treatment, the leaders said.
Besides, the garment factory owner who was the main person responsible for the high death toll in the devastating fire is yet to be arrested, they added.
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* Tazreen victims slam govt, owner for delay in compensation:

Survivors and families of the workers who died in the fire at Tazreen Fashions last year formed a human chain in Savar yesterday to mark the passing of one year of the  industrial disaster.

Injured garment workers of the Rana Plaza building collapse joined too, with all congregating at the site of the fallen
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The bereaved mourned the losses suffered in the two tragedies, and demanded proper compensation from the respective factory owners and the government.
Some of them said they had not received any compensation from neither the owners nor the government.
The fire brought a double blow in the lives of many of the injured workers. Firstly, they had to lose jobs having sustained long-term injuries, and then they are forced to rent houses in Dhaka for better treatment and a hope to get compensation.
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* One Year Passes Since The Tazreen Factory Fire In Bangladesh …:

Exactly one year ago today the night sky lit up red, screams started filling up Nischintapur … then Savar … then Dhaka … when finally it filled up the whole of their homeland – Bangladesh.

These screams were of a helpless group of people toiling hard day and night in a fashion wear production factory known as Tazreen Fashion Limited; they were trying to earn a meager living with which they would barely be able to feed themselves and their family.

Since 24 November 2012, the painful scream from Tazreen Fashion has echoed across the Globe, uniting activists and researchers with the consumers and victims of Tazreen itself.

While C&A and Li&Fung came forward with some form of compensation for the Tazreen Fashion Factory Fire victims and their families/orphans, other international brands who were also similarly into that factory are yet to compensate victims who have worked till death for them to be rich.

The effort of C&A towards paying the injured victims their salary till the time they have no other source of income while Li&Fung’s support towards education of the orphans have been supported by people across the national and international arena including RISE Society which supported the effort by updating the list of victims for the compensation program which would ultimately give some relief to the workers who have literally been distanced by the expensive Fashionable Brands who these very same workers helped make rich.
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* Garments Sramik Federation organized a human chain in front of Jatiya Press Club demanding compensation for the dead victims’ families while marking the one-year of Tazreen Tragedy (top) and placing wreaths at Jurain graveyard on Sunday:

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Garments Sramik Federation organized a human chain in front of Jatiya Press Club demanding compensation for the dead victims’ families while marking the one-year of Tazreen Tragedy (top) and placing wreaths at Jurain graveyard on Sunday.
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* On 24th of every month, they mourn:

On the 24th day of every month, family members of the missing and deceased workers gather on the premises of the two buildings

November 24 marks one year of the terrible fire at Tazreen Fashions, a garment factory in Nischintapur area of Ashulia, and seven months into the deadly collapse of Rana Plaza at Savar that took place on April 24.

The 24th day comes every month, but sufferings of the survivors, and family members of the missing and deceased workers remain unheeded. On this day, they gather on the premises of the two buildings; they did it again on Sunday and demonstrated under the banners of different workers’ bodies and left-leaning organisations.

Most of them lost the only bread earners of the family, while many survivors lost their limbs for which they will not able to work anymore in future.

Bangladesh Garments Workers Federation and Bangladesh Garments Workers Solidarity organised programmes on Rana Plaza premises and Tazreen Fashions demanding actual compensation and arrest of Tazreen’s owner Delwar Hossain. They also demanded a complete list of missing workers.

Around 1,000 survivors and family members of the missing and deceased workers gathered at the two places. They also brought out a rally on Dhaka-Aricha highway and paid tribute to the deceased workers at the Rana Plaza premises.
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* One-year anniversary – injured workers and family members of dead workers of Tazreen form human chain:

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Marking the anniversary of the tragic Tazreen fire, the IndustriALL Global Union Bangladesh Council (IBC) organized a human chain and a workers’ rally to voice urgent demands for compensation and a safe workplace.

On 23 November, IndustriALL Bangladesh Council (IBC) organized a human chain and a workers rally to mark the anniversary of the Tazreen Tragedy.
Four organizations of the IBC (TG) group took part with their members in the Human Chain in front of the National Press Club.
The Bangladesh Textile & Garment Workers League (BTGWL), led by Brother Kamrul Anam, the United Federation of Garment Workers (UFGW), led by Brother Roy Ramesh, the National Federation of Garment Workers (NGWF), led by Brother. Amirul Haque Amin, and the Bangladesh Garments, Textile and Leather Workers Federation (BGTLWF) led by Brother. Kutub Uddin, participated.

The human chain and workers rally was presided over by the General Secretary of the IBC, Roy Ramesh Chandra, who, along with Brother. Anam, Brother. Amin, Brother Kutub Uddin, Brother. Nurul Islam, spoke of the outrage that victims are still waiting for compensation. Twelve months after the fire, brands have yet to take responsibility for the plight of survivors and families of the deceased.

The IBC demands that:
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* Bangladesh Factory Fires: Why Brands Are Accountable and Should Compensate Victims Now:

On the evening of April 23, 2013, garment factory employees of the Rana Plaza building in Savar, Bangladesh, pleaded with management to take notice of the sudden cracks that had appeared in the walls and foundations.

Their requests for evacuation were ignored on the basis that the building owner, Sohel Rana, had just hired an engineer who had pronounced the building safe. The mostly female labor force, who were threatened with losing a month’s pay if they did not return, were ordered to work the next day. As they arrived at the building, the first thing they heard over the loudspeaker was this: “All the workers of Rana Plaza, go to work.
The factory has already been repaired.” Just half an hour later, the eight-story building collapsed, killing over 1,000 people and injuring more than 2,500. Local workers and relatives were some of the first on the scene, digging out mutilated bodies, including those of children who had been staying at the building’s day care center, from the rubble.
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* Companies fail to compensate Bangladesh fire victims: HRW:

‘Retailers should fulfill responsibility to ensure worker protections’

The survivors of a Bangladesh factory fire, which killed at least 112 garment workers last year, are still suffering from their injuries and loss of income, and have not received adequate compensation, Human Rights Watch said on Monday.

The brands that were sourcing garments from Tazreen Fashions should immediately join an International Labour Organization effort to fund full and fair compensation to all the injured and the families of the dead.

In recent interviews with workers and relatives of two missing workers, many told Human Rights Watch that a year after the November 24, 2012 fire, they had received no compensation.

Survivors said that they have been forced to sell off their possessions to pay for treatment. One said her husband was now begging for money. Others said they could not afford medical care, could no longer work, and were continually in pain.
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* HRW spurs int’l brands to compensate Tazreen victims:

Human Rights Watch has called upon the brands that were sourcing garments from Tazreen Fashions to immediately join an International Labour Organisation effort to compensate the injured and the families of the dead.

At least 112 garment workers were killed and many injured when fire raged through the garment factory in Ashulia on November 24 last year.

In recent interviews with workers and relatives of two missing workers, many told the New York-based rights organisation that a year after the fire, they had received no compensation, according to a HRW report published Monday.

“One year after the Tazreen fire, victims are still suffering and waiting for adequate compensation,” said Brad Adams, Asia director at HRW.

“Many retailers with production at the factory have not yet helped a group of very poor workers and their families.”
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* Companies Fail to Compensate Fire Victims:

The survivors of a Bangladesh factory fire, which killed at least 112 garment workers last year, are still suffering from their injuries and loss of income and have not received adequate compensation, Human Rights Watch said today.

The brands that were sourcing garments from Tazreen Fashions should immediately join an International Labour Organization effort to fund full and fair compensation to all the injured and the families of the dead.

In recent interviews with workers and relatives of two missing workers, many told Human Rights Watch that a year after the November 24, 2012 fire, they had received no compensation. Survivors said that they have been forced to sell off their possessions to pay for treatment. One said her husband was now begging for money. Others said they could not afford medical care, could no longer work, and were continually in pain.
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Some survivors who were badly injured as they jumped out of the burning factory said that they had not received anything because they were not healthy enough to claim the compensation package provided by the BGMEA. Others said that the officials handling compensation claims did not believe them despite their injuries.

The Amsterdam-based Clean Clothes campaign has calculated that the amount of long-term compensation for the injured and deceased should be at least US$5.7 million, and could be shared between the factory owner, retailers, the BGMEA, and the government. This is based on a formula previously used by Bangladeshi trade unions and foreign retailers, including Gap, to set the amount of compensation following a factory fire in 2010, in which 29 people died.
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Statements from injured workers who did not receive compensation:
“I was on the fourth floor when the fire started. I jumped onto the roof of a two-storied building next door. I hurt my head, side, and leg. Because of my injuries, I can’t operate a sewing machine anymore. I still have severe headaches. I needed surgery for my injuries and then went to stay in my village to recuperate. I did not get any compensation. I was away for four months, and when I came back the factory owner told me I was too late.”
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* This Girl Walked Through Fire So We Can Get Jeans for $9:

Low production costs have made Bangladesh the world’s second-largest producer of ready-made fashions. What’s the real price we pay for cheap clothing?

The evening light is fading as Kala Begum carries her 16-year-old daughter out of their tiny tenement room and down the alley. It’s been another long day of scraping by on handouts to pay for Shumaya’s medical treatment; swelling around her badly injured eye, contorting her young face, has grown much worse since I first met her, several months ago.
Kala walks past idling onlookers toward the small pharmacy where she spends their meager savings on medicine in the hope of stemming the girl’s horrendous pain.

For a time, Kala and Shumaya worked side by side in a garment factory here in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Hundreds of such factories employ millions of Bangladeshis, and many have escaped extreme poverty.
Shumaya, though, has been unable to work or attend school for more than a year because of her poor health, and Kala limited her hours so she could tend to her daughter.

Shumaya started working at age 11. She began at her last employer, Tazreen Fashions Ltd., which towers over the dusty suburb of Nischintapur, Ashulia, just outside Bangladesh’s capital, at 13. It was the only factory in the neighborhood that would take her at such a young age.
A typical day meant sewing 90 pieces an hour—T-shirts one day, dresses the next—with no toilet breaks outside of lunch hour; days could be long, sometimes more than 12 hours, six days a week. Tazreen was known for its place on the lower rung of a subcontracting system common in Bangladesh, whereby factories accept orders they can’t complete and farm out the work to other producers, which can be less compliant with recognized safety standards.
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* Kalpona’s waits – A tale from Tazreen:

On 24th November 2012, Kalpona, a garment worker from Bangladesh, jumped from the third floor of the burning Tazreen factory and fell to the ground, breaking her leg. She was rushed to the nearest clinic like many others. She has been waiting for compensation for twelve months and wants to move on.

Kalpona (22) lives in a small village of Kurigram District (in the north of Bangladesh). She was born in Kurigram but she did not live with the rest of her family for long because they were too poor to sustain her.

When Kalpona was 16 years old, she moved with her husband to Dhaka to earn a better living and support an aging mother back in the village. In Dhaka, Kalpona gave birth to a baby boy, but two years later, her husband died.

That’s when she started working in the Tazreen factory. She sent money to her ill and aging mother and supported her son. She had to leave her son along in the slums of Nischintapur while she was away in the factory. One day she returned home from work and found her son’s arm was broken.
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* Charge sheet pressed against 13 in Tazreen fire:

Criminal Investigation Department of police on Sunday pressed charges against 13 people, including its managing director and chairman Delwar Hossain and Mahmuda Akter respectively over the devastating fire at Tazree Fashions Ltd.

CID inspector AKM Mohsinuzzaman Khan, also the investigation officer in the cases, pressed the charge sheet, after 13 long months before the Chief Judicial Magistrate Court Sunday morning.
Judge Wasim Sheikh accepted the charge sheet and set Dec 31 for a hearing on the charge sheet framing.
On November 24, 2012, a fire broke out in the ground floor of the multi-storey building and quickly engulfed the other floors with the management initially barring evacuation, leaving many workers trapped inside.
At least 112 workers were either burnt to death or died of suffocation while trying to escape the blaze.
CID was investigating into the fire at Tazreen Fashions, located at Savar.
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* Tazreen owner Delwar finally charged:

Charges have been pressed against 13 people including Delwar Hossain, the managing director of Tazreen Fashions Ltd, in a case filed for killing 112 garment workers in a devastating fire in Savar, on the outskirts of the capital, last year.

On November 24, 2012, a devastating fire in Tazreen Fashions Ltd at Nishchintapur of Ashulia in Savar killed 112 workers and injured scores.

AKM Mohsinuzzaman Khan, an inspector of Criminal Investigation Department (CID) and also the investigation officer (IO) of the case, submitted the charge sheet before the Chief Judicial Magistrate Court of Dhaka around 9:30am today.

The other accused against whom the charges were pressed are: Tazreen Fashions Ltd Chairman Mahmuda Akter, its Factory Manager Abdur Razzak, Quality Manager Shahiduzzaman Dulal, Production Manager Mobarak Hossain, Manager (admin) Md Dulal Uddin, engineer Mahbubul Morshed, two store-in-charges Hamidul Islam and Md Al Amin, two security in-charges–Md Al Amin and Anisur Rahman, security guard Md Rana alias Anwarul, and loader Shamim Mia.
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* 13 sued year after Tazreen tragedy:

Police yesterday pressed homicide charges against 13 people, including Tazreen Fashions Managing Director Delwar Hossain, in a case over the devastating fire that killed 112 workers and injured many others in November last year.

The 13 were also charged with mischief by fire and causing grievous hurt and death by negligence.
The other accused include Delwar’s wife and Tazreen Chairman Mahmuda Akter, and on-duty managers, security guards and an engineer.
If convicted, the accused could face a maximum punishment of life imprisonment or minimum seven years in jail, said Investigation Officer AKM Mohsinuzzaman Khan, who submitted the charge sheet to the Dhaka Chief Judicial Magistrate’s Court.
At least 112 workers, mostly women, were killed and scores wounded in the country’s worst industrial blaze at Tazreen Fashions in Ashulia on the outskirts of the capital on November 24 last year.
The factory used to produce and supply garments to different international brands, including Walmart.
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* Justice for Tazreen a boon for RMG:

The arrests a helpful step in ongoing moves towards winning back confidence in the RMG sector

At long last, formal charges have been finally filed against those thought to be responsible for the Tazreen factory fire that claimed the lives of 112 garment workers last year.

Delwar Hossain, the managing director of Tazreen Fashions, is among 13 people charged for manslaughter and negligence under the Code of Criminal Conduct.

In addition to the 112 people killed in the devastating fire that swept through the factory on November 24 2012, over 200 workers suffered burn injuries. Reports point to improper maintenance and violation of the building code and many workers indicated that the factory exits were locked, preventing them from escaping when the fire broke out.

We welcome the filing of charges in this case which can now be decided on by the legal system. It is reassuring to see that the gears of justice have finally begun to move. Six of the thirteen accused are currently on the run so it is important to ensure that they too are brought before the legal process.
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* Bangladesh factory owner to plead innocent in deadly blaze case:

The owner of a Bangladesh garment factory that was destroyed in a deadly fire last year said on Monday he was “saddened and astonished” that he had been charged with culpable homicide for the death of 112 workers and would plead innocent in court.

The police on Sunday laid charges against Delwar Hossain, his wife and 11 employees of Tazreen Fashions, a rare step in a country where critics complain that powerful garment industry bosses too often avoid blame for the many factory accidents.
Many of those who died in the blaze at the multi-storey building on the outskirts of Dhaka in November 2012 perished because supervisors ordered workers back to their stations even as an alarm rang and smoke rose through an internal staircase.

Hossain was absolved of blame earlier this year in a report by the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) on the incident.
“It saddened and astonished me to see that both my wife and I are the main accused,” Hossain told Reuters by telephone, adding that supervisors who had allegedly blocked workers trying to escape from the burning factory were still on the run.
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* Charges against Tazreen owners: a long-awaited beginning:

The charges of ‘committing homicide by negligence’ pressed by the Criminal Investigation Department on Sunday against Tazreen Fashions managing director, his wife, who is also chairman of the company, and 11 other executives sets in motion the long-awaited legal process towards dispensation of justice in relation to the death of more than 100 workers in the November 24, 2012 factory fire at Ashulia.

According to a report published in New Age on Monday, six of the 13 accused, including the managing director, have been shown as fugitives in the case and six are on bail; the other, the security-in-charge of the factory, is in jail.
Although the investigation officer has submitted a prayer, along with the charges, which have been posted for hearing on December 31, that warrants be issued for the arrest of the managing director and other absconding accused, their ‘fugitive’ status sounds somewhat strange.
After all, since the deadly fire, at least the managing director of Tazreen Fashions has been seen in public, sometimes even chatting away with senior police officers.
In fact, the criminal investigations of the Tazreen fire had seemingly made very little progress until the High Court intervened, in response to a writ petition by a group of anthropologists, and asked the home secretary and the inspector general of police to explain why they should not be directed to initiate action against the managing director on criminal charges.
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* Arrest Tazreen MD within a week: NGWF:

20131228 NEWAGENational Garment Workers Federation on Friday forms a human chain in front of the National Press Club demanding immediate arrest of the owner of Tajreen Fashions Delwar Hossain. — New Age photo (2)

Leaders of National Garment Workers Federation (NGWF) on Friday demanded the arrest of Tazreen Fashions’ Managing Director Delwar Hossain within seven days on charge of ‘killing’ 112 workers.

NGWF leaders warned that garment workers will march towards the Prime Minister’s Office in support of their one-point demand if it goes unheeded.
The ultimatum came from a workers’ rally held in front of the Jatiya Press Club in the morning with Federation President Amirul Haque Amin in the chair.
On December 22, police pressed murder charges against 13 people, including Delwar Hossain, in a case over the devastating fire that killed 112 workers and injured many others in November last year.
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* Arrest warrants against Tazreen owner, 5 others:

A Dhaka court on Tuesday issued arrest warrants against six fugitive accused including Tazreen Fashions Limited owner and his wife, a year after over a hundred workers were burned alive in the factory.

Dhaka Senior Chief Judicial Magistrate Washim Sheikh issued the arrest warrants against the accused after taking into cognigence the charge sheet filed against 13 people.
Meanwhile, the court also ordered to submit a report on whether the fugitive people were arrested or not by February 25.
Earlier on December 22, Investigation officer, CID Inspector AKS Mohosin-uz Zaman Khan, filed the charges at the court of Dhaka senior Chief Judicial Magistrate Washim Sheikh.
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* Arrest warrant issued against Tazreen Fashions Chair, MD:

A Dhaka court on Tuesday took into cognizance a case filed with Ashulia police station against 13 people including Tazreen Fashions Managing Director Delwar Hossain, accusing them of burning to death 112 people in a devastating fire that erupted at Tazreen Fashions Ltd more than one year ago.

However, the court did not fix a date for hearing over the homicide charges brought against the accused. At least 112 workers were killed and many injured as the members of security staff allegedly locked all the exits of Tazreen Fashions Limited in Ashulia near Dhaka, after a fire broke out at the ready-made garment (RMG) unit in November, 2012, according to private TV channels.
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* Court accepts homicide charges against 13:

A Dhaka court today took into cognisance the homicide charges against 13 people including Tazreen Fashions Managing Director Delwar Hossain in a case over the devastating fire that killed 112 workers and injured many others in November last year.

The 112 workers, mostly women, were killed and scores wounded in the country’s worst industrial blaze at Tazreen Fashions Ltd in Ashulia on the outskirts of the capital on November 24 last year.
Senior Judicial Magistrate Wasim Sheikh accepted the charges against the 13 accused after scrutinising the case documents.

If convicted, the accused could face a maximum punishment of life imprisonment or minimum seven years in jail, said Investigation Officer AKM Mohsinuzzaman Khan, after submitting charge sheet in the case before the Dhaka Chief Judicial Magistrate’s Court on December 22.
The court also issued arrest warrants against Delwar, his wife and also Tazreen Chairman Mahmuda Akter, and four others who were shown as fugitives in the charge sheet.
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* Court orders arrest of Delwar, 5 others:

A judicial magistrate in Dhaka on Tuesday issued warrants for the arrest of six ‘absconding’ accused, including Tazreen Fashions managing director Delwar Hossain and his spouse, after accepting the charge sheet  in a case filed for ‘committing homicide by negligence’ that caused a deadly factory fire on November 24, 2012.

Senior judicial magistrate Wasim Sheikh also asked the officers-in-charge of respective police stations to submit the reports by February 25 on execution of the order.
On December 22, the Criminal Investigation Department pressed charges against Tazreen Fashions managing director Delwar Hossain, and his wife Mahmuda Akhter, also the chairman of factory, and 11 executives.
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* Tazreen owner Delwar yet to be arrested:

CID and local police are pointing finger at each other to shift the responsibility

The law enforcers are playing hide-and-seek to arrest the owner of Tazreen Fashions, Delwar Hossain, his wife and four other officials of the factory, 17 days after a Dhaka court issued arrest warrant against them.

Ashulia police, Criminal Investigation Department (CID) and local police are pointing finger at each other to shift the responsibility as it seemed that they do not know how the arrest-drive will go on.

On December 31, the court issued the arrest warrants after taking into cognisance the homicide charges pressed against 13 people including Delwar in a case over the devastating fire that killed 112 workers and injured many others in November 24, 2012.
The court also ordered Officer-in-Charge of Ashulia police Badrul Alam to submit a report on the execution of the arrest warrants.
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* Arrest of Tazreen owner demanded:

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Garment workers form a human chain in front of the National Press Club in Dhaka yesterday to demand arrest of the owner of Tazreen Fashions where a fire killed 112 people last year. The workers also sought compensation from western retailers who sourced garments from Tazreen. Photo: star

Leaders of six garment workers’ rights bodies at a human chain in the city on Thursday demanded immediate arrest of the owner of Tazreen Fashion Limited Delwar Hossain on charge of killing 112  workers of the factory in a fire.

Amirul Haque Amin, president of National Garment Workers’ Federation addressing the human chain rally in front of the National Press Club said that on November 24, 2012, 112 workers were killed in a fire at the factory at Ashulia in Savar.
Criminal Investigation Department had filed charges against the factory owner Delwar Hossain and 13 others on December 22, 2013, on  charge of killings the workers, but police were yet to arrest anybody, Amirul said.
Salauddin Shawpan, president of Bangladesh Biplobi Garments Sramik Federation, demanded more compensations for the workers killed and wounded  in the incident.
He demanded ensuring safety of the garment workers at their workplaces.
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* Tazreen fire: New compensation scheme proposed:

Petitioners submit proposal, accusing owners for industrial disasters

The High Court will take an alternative method of compensation for those who die and sustain injuries at industries based on a report submitted by petitioners who demand proper compensation for the victims.

Lawyer Asaduzzaman submitted the report to the court yesterday proposing a compensation scheme which considers the fire at Tazreen Fashions Ltd on November 24, 2012 as the “tortuous liability of the owner.”

The court on November 24 last year asked the petitioners to help it finding out the international standard of compensation for victims of industrial disaster.

The lawyer told the Dhaka Tribune: “We submitted an alternative scheme to the court where we demand that all compensation should be given by the government. Later, the government can realise the money from the liable companies.”
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* Ensure speedy compensation for victims:

Focus must be given to ensuring timely financial compensation payments are delivered to victims and their families

The High Court is currently considering proposed compensation schemes for victims of the catastrophic fire at Tazreen garments in November 2012.

As there is inevitably legal debate about the extent of liability, it is right for the government and courts to take all necessary steps to ensure that compensation agreements are in line with international standards.
However, it is important that debate on issues not be prolonged. The sooner they can be settled, the quicker focus can be given to ensuring payments are delivered to victims and their families.

Recent research conducted by the CPD shows that the delivery of timely financial compensation can be hampered by many practical factors, including a lack of availability of concrete data and agreed lists of the names of all the victims. The disbursement of financial assistance would be greatly helped if information sharing between the various stakeholders was enabled.
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* Tazreen MD, Chairman sent to jail on surrender:

A court here on Sunday sent Managing director and owner of Tazreen Fashions Delwar Hossain and chairman of the company Mahmuda Akther to jail after rejecting their bail petitions in a case over the devastating fire in the garment factory that claimed over 100 lives in 2012.

Senior judicial magistrate Tajul Islam passed the order after a hearing on their bail petitions.
Earlier in the morning, MD Delwar and his wife Mahmuda surrendered before the Dhaka Chief Judicial Magistrate court and submitted petitions seeking bail.

A Dhaka court on December 31 issued warrants of arrest against six people, including the chairman and the managing director of Tazreen Fashions, in connection with the case.
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* Tazreen owner, wife sent to jail:

The prosecution will produce 104 witnesses in the case

A Dhaka court on Sunday sent Tazreen Fashions Managing Director Delwar Hossain and his wife Mahmuda Akter Mita, who is also the chairman of the garment factory, to jail, rejecting their bail plea.

The court of Senior Judicial Magistrate Tazul Islam passed the order in the afternoon.
Earlier in the day, Delwar Hossain and his wife surrendered before the Dhaka court seeking bail in a case over their factory fire that killed more than 110 workers.

Earlier on December 31, 2013, a Dhaka Court issued arrest warrants against six fugitive accused, including Tazreen Fashions Limited owners Delwar Hossain and his wife, a year after the tragic deaths of over 110 workers at the factory.

Senior Judicial Magistrate Wasim Sheikh issued the warrants after taking into cognisance the charge sheet filed against 13 people.
The court also ordered the investigation officer and the police station concerned to submit a report before the court whether the fugitive people were arrested or not by February 25.
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* Bangladesh Garment Factory Owners Surrender Over Deadly Fire:

Owners of a Bangladesh garment factory surrendered to a court Sunday, more than a month after warrants for their arrest were issued over the country’s worst industrial fire that killed 111 workers.

Delwar Hossain and his wife Mahmuda Akter were charged and sought for arrest in December over a 2012 blaze that gutted the Tazreen factory where workers stitched clothes for Western retailers including Walmart.

Prosecutor Anwarul Kabir said the couple handed themselves in to the magistrate’s court in Dhaka and were currently in custody awaiting a bail hearing.
“They have sought bail upon surrendering to the court. The court will hold a hearing on their bail prayers later today,” Kabir told AFP.
Although warrants were issued on December 31, police have not arrested Hossain and Akter who have been living freely in Dhaka. It is unclear why they have now decided to give themselves up.
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* Tazreen MD, his wife sent to jail on surrender:

A Dhaka court sent Sunday Tazreen Fashions managing director Delwar Hossain, his wife and chairperson of Tazreen Mahmuda Akter to jail hours after they surrendered before it.

The court of Senior Judicial Magistrate Tajul Islam passed the order rejecting their bail petitions in a case over the garment factory’s devastating fire that killed at least 112 workers in 2012.
Their surrender came after 40 days of police hunt to arrest them following a lower court order that on December 31, 2013 issued arrest warrants against them.
Taking homicide charges into cognizance, the court issued the arrest warrants against Tazreen’s six officials including the MD and chairperson, who were shown fugitive in the charge sheet.
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* Delwar, wife land in jail after surrender:

A judicial magistrate court in Dhaka on Sunday sent Tazreen Fashions managing director Delwar Hossain and his wife Mahmuda Akter, also the company chairman, to jail. 

Metropolitan magistrate Md Tajul Islam passed the order after the couple surrendered before Dhaka chief judicial magistrate court to seek bail which the court refused to grant.
They are facing charges of committing ‘homicide by negligence’ that had caused 111 deaths in a factory fire on November 24, 2012.
Delwar went into hiding after the police on December 22, 2013 pressed charges against him and his wife, and 11 executives in the factory fire case.
After accepting the charges, the judicial magistrate on December 31 issued warrants for the arrest of six ‘absconding’ accused, including the couple and the police were asked to submit a report on the execution of the order.
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* Owners land in jail, finally:

A Dhaka court yesterday sent Tazreen Fashions owner Delwar Hossain and his wife to jail in a case over the country’s worst factory fire that killed 112 workers.

Delwar, managing director, and Mahmuda Akter, chairman of Tazreen Fashions, are first of the garment factory owners to be prosecuted for factory fire.
Hours after sending them to jail, the chief judicial magistrate fixed today for hearing on their bail petitions.
The couple surrendered before the court yesterday to seek bail, after being at large for more than a year after the November 2012 fire in Ashulia. It came six weeks after arrest warrants were issued for them.
Senior Judicial Magistrate Tajul Islam rejected their bail petitions and sent them to prison around 12:20pm.
During yesterday’s proceeding, some 500 workers of Tazreen Fashions demonstrated on the court premises, demanding the death penalty to the couple.
Before the fire incident, Tazreen was making clothes for various international brands, including Walmart of the US.
On December 22 last year, police pressed homicide charges against 13 people, including Delwar and Mahmuda. The accused also face charges of mischief, causing grievous injuries and death by negligence.
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* Tazreen Owners Surrender:

Dhaka court today sent Tazreen Fashions Managing Director Mr. Delwar Hossain and his wife who is its Chairman Mrs. Mahmuda Akter to jail after rejecting their bail petition in a case over the devastating fire that killed 124 workers on 24 November 2012.

The court passed the order, nearly three hours after Delwar and his wife Mahmuda surrendered before it seeking bail in the case.
The surrender came as a lower court had earlier called them a fugitive and issued arrest warrant against them. After the hearing, Senior Judicial Magistrate Tajul Islam sent the accused couple to jail around 12:20pm.

During today’s trial, around 500 workers of Tazreen Fashions Ltd chanted slogans on the court premises demanding death penalty to the factory MD and chairman.
Earlier on December 22 last year, police pressed homicide charges against 13 people including Delwar and Mahmuda in the case.
The accused were also charged with mischief by fire and causing grievous hurt and death by negligence.
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* Tazreen boss Delwar Hossain finally lands in jail:

Senior Judicial Magistrate Tazul Islam rejected the bail petitions and sent them to jail after a hearing

Tazreen Fashions Limited Managing Director Delwar Hossain and his wife Mahmuda Akter Mita, also chairman of the garment factory, were sent to jail yesterday after the couple surrendered to a Dhaka court seeking bail.

Senior Judicial Magistrate Tazul Islam rejected the bail petitions and sent them to jail after a hearing.
Earlier in the day, the duo surrendered before the court and sought bail through their counsel in a case filed over the fire incident of November 24, 2012 when over 111 workers had been killed at the factory in Nishchintapur in Ashulia.

Defence counsel ATM Golam Gaus in the hearing said the Delwar and Mahmuda had not been made accused in the FIR listed since they were not involved in the incident. He also mentioned that over 15,000 workers of Toba group, owned by Delwar, would face problems and the country would incur loss if Delwar was denied bail.
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* Tazreen owner, wife’s bail verdict at noon:

The managing director and his wife, the chairman, of Tazreen Fashions Limited lodged a bail plea on Sunday morning, what the court will decide on around noon.

Tazreen’s Managing Director Delwar Hossain and his wife Mahmuda Akter Mita, the chairman, filed the plea with a Dhaka court in the morning.
Dhaka Chief Judicial Magistrate Ismail Hossain scheduled the verdict of the plea at noon after completing hearing in this case.
Lawyer ATM Golam Daud represented the Tazreen owner and his wife while the court’s Additional Public Prosecutor Anwarul Kabir Babul represented state.
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* Court rejects bail of Tazreen owner, grants to wife:

A Dhaka court on Monday rejected bail of the owner of Tazreen Fashions, Delwar Hossain and granted bail to his wife and chairperson of the factory, Mahmuda Akhter in a case over the country’s worst factory fire that killed 112 workers.

Earlier on Sunday, the duo surrendered before the court in connection with county’s worst factory fire.
On December 31, a Dhaka court issued arrest warrants against six persons for the fire at Tazreen Fashions, after accepting charges against 13 people, including the owner of the company, Delwar Hossain and his wife.
As many as 112 workers, most of them women, were killed in the blaze in the readymade garments factory at Nishchintapur of Ashulia in Savar on the evening of November 24, 2012.
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* Yet another positive turn in Tazreen tale:

The order by a judicial magistrate’s court to send the managing director of Tazreen Fashions Limited and his wife, who is also the chairman of the company, to jail after the couple had surrendered to the court and sought bail on Sunday marks yet another step towards justice for the death of at least 111 workers in a deadly apparel factory fire at Ashulia on November 24, 2012.

According to a report published in New Age on Monday, the two had been at large, along with four other executives of the company, since the Criminal Investigation Department pressed charges of ‘homicide by negligence’ against 13 persons, including the ‘absconding’, in connection with the factory fire on December 22, 2013. The court accepted the charges on December 31, 2013 and subsequently issued the warrants of arrest against the fugitives.
The fire at Tazreen Fashions may have been among the deadliest but in no way the first or the last in the history of Bangladesh’s apparel sector.
In fact, there have been a few more fire incidents in the sector since, resulting in the loss of several lives. In most such cases, official inquiries identified non-compliance of the factories in question with workplace safety standards and negligence of the authorities concerned as major reasons for the devastations and the consequent loss of life and limb. Intriguingly, however, owners of these factories, who are solely to blame for such non-compliance and negligence, have rarely been prosecuted, let alone punished, thus far.
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* Tazreen MD denied bail, chair granted:

A Dhaka court granted ad-interim bail Monday to chairperson of Tazreen Fashions Mahmuda Akter for one month in the case filed in connection with the factory’s 2012 devastating fire that killed at least 112 workers.

The bail was granted on condition that she will appear before the court every Sunday, sources in the court said.
After hearing bail petitions, the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate Md Ismail Hossain, however, upheld the Sunday’s order of sending Tazreen managing director Delwar Hossain to jail, the sources said.
Mr Hossain and his wife Mrs Aktar surrendered before the lower court on Sunday, 40 days after a lower court issued arrest warrants against them.
Hours after their surrender on Sunday last, both of them were sent to jail by the court of Senior Judicial Magistrate Tajul Islam.
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* Owner Delwar denied bail:

A Dhaka court yesterday again rejected bail to Tazreen Fashions owner Delwar Hossain but granted conditional bail to his wife and chairman of the company Mahmuda Akhter for one month.  

Mahmuda has to appear before the court every Sunday throughout the bail period, said Chief Judicial Magistrate Md Ismail Hossain.
The order came a day after the couple surrendered to the court in connection with the country’s worst factory fire in November, 2012, which killed 112 garment workers.
Delwar’s bail petition was rejected due to his negligence as the owner of the garment unit in ensuring safety of his employees, the court said.
However, the Tazreen chairman got bail because she is sick and that she has a four-year-old son to look after, the judge added.
On Sunday, the duo appeared in the court and sought bail. The court rejected both of them bail at that time.
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* HC orders government to compensate Tazreen victims:

The bench of Justice Quazi Reza-Ul Hoque and Justice ABM Altaf Hossain passed the order

The High Court yesterday directed the government to pay Tk7 lakh compensations to the families of the victims of Tazreen Fashions fire, who were not compensated earlier.

The bench of Justice Quazi Reza-Ul Hoque and Justice ABM Altaf Hossain passed the order and fixed March 2 for next hearing over the plea lodged by three anthropologists Naznin Akhter Banu, Mahmudul Sumon and Saydia Gulrukh. The bench also asked Md Asaduzzaman, the pleaders’ counsel, to consult with the ILO for setting up the standard of compensation.

On November 24 last year, the same bench directed the authorities to pay the families of 20 more victims who have later been identified through DNA test, Tk7 lakh each as compensation.
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* Tazreen chairman’s bail challenged:

A Dhaka court today accepted an appeal filed by prosecution challenging the legality of granting bail to Tazreen Fashions Chairman Mahmuda Akhter in a case filed over the devastating fire that killed 112 workers.

The prosecution filed the appeal two days after another Dhaka court granted her conditional bail for one month.
Chief Judicial Magistrate Md Ismail Hossain on Monday granted bail to Mahmuda, also wife of Tazreen MD Delwar Hossain, saying that she had to appear before the court every Sunday throughout the bail period.
Two days after the order, District Public Prosecutor Khondaker Abdul Mannan today filed the petition with the court seeking cancellation of the bail.
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* Cancellation of bail to Tazreen chair sought:

Prosecution on Wednesday filed a petition with the Dhaka district court seeking the cancellation of bail granted by another court to Tazreen Fashions chairman Mahmuda Akhter on Tuesday.

The Dhaka district and sessions judge, Abdul Majid, set February 27 for passing the order in this regard.
Dhaka chief judicial magistrate Ismail Hossain on 11 February had rejected bail the petition of Tazreen Fashions managing director Delwar Hossain but had granted bail for one month to his wife Mahmuda Akhter, also the company’s chairman.
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*  Tazreen owner’s punishment demanded:

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Garment Workers Action Council forms a human chain in front of the National Press Club in Dhaka on Thursday, demanding punishment of the owner of Tazreen Fashions. — New Age photo

Leaders of Garment Sramik Sangram Parishad on Thursday demanded exemplary punishment of Tazreen Fashions Limited owner Delwar Hossain for the death of 124 workers in a deadly factory fire.

The GSSP, a combine of eight apparel workers’ rights organizations, at a protest rally in front of the National Press Club in the city also demanded implementation of the new wage structure in all garment factories.
Accusing Delwar of killing the workers, the combine’s coordinator Rafiqul Islam Pathik said that the Tazreen owner had been sent to jail by the court for committing homicide by negligence that had caused the death of so many workers in the fire in his factory in Ashulia.
He also demanded that the amount paid in damages to the victims and their families should be increased.
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* Bangladesh fire victims await compensation:

Ahead of safety inspections, victims of a factory fire say they have not received promised compensation.

Victims of a garment factory fire in Bangladesh two years ago say they have yet to receive compensation.
Safety experts hired by western retailers will begin a mass inspection of garment factories in Bangladesh on Wednesday, as the country has been under pressure to improve safety standards after a series of accidents over the past two years.
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* Bail cancellation hearing of Tazreen MD’s wife on March 5:

Acting judge of the Dhaka’s District and Session’s Court Hosne Ara Akhter set the new date after hearing both the sides

A Dhaka court yesterday set March 5 to hear a prosecution petition seeking cancellation of the bail granted to Mahmuda Akhter Mita, the chairman of Tazreen Fashions.

Acting judge of the Dhaka’s District and Session’s Court Hosne Ara Akhter set the new date after hearing both the sides.

On February 12, public prosecutor Khondoker Abdul Mannan filed the plea before the court. The state counsel mentioned in the petition that the accused had been absconding for a long time and that she was not obedient to the court.
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* Tazreen MD’s bail plea hearing on March 13:

A court here on Thursday fixed  March 13 for hearing on the bail petition of Tazreen Fashions’ managing director Delwar Hossain in a case filed over the devastating fire in a garment factory in 2012.

Judge of Dhaka district Session Judge’s Court Abdul Majid passed the order upon a time petition submitted by Delwar’s lawyer.

Earlier on February 25, Delwar’s counsel ATM Golam Gaus filed a petition seeking bail for him.
On February 9, a Dhaka court sent Managing director and owner of Tazreen Fashions Delwar Hossain and chairman of the company Mahmuda Akther to jail after they surrendered before the Dhaka Chief Judicial Magistrate court seeking bail.
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* Tazreen chairman’s bail cancellation order on March 20:

Dhaka District and Session Judge Abdul Mozeed has set the new date after hearing both the sides

A Dhaka court has set March 20 to give its order regarding the prosecution petition seeking cancellation of the bail granted to Mahmuda Akhter Mita, the chairman of Tazreen Fashions.

Dhaka District and Session Judge Abdul Mozeed has set the new date after hearing both the sides.
The court also rejected the bail petition of Tazreen Fashions Managing Director Delwar Hossain.
On February 12, public prosecutor Khondoker Abdul Mannan filed the plea before the court.
The state counsel mentioned in the petition that the accused had been absconding for a long time and that she was not obedient to the court.
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* Tazreen MD denied bail again:

The Dhaka district and sessions judge court Thursday rejected the bail petition of Tazreen Fashions managing director Delwar Hossain.

The Dhaka district and sessions judge, Abdul Majid, denied the bail prayer, after hearing on the petition.
Delwar and his wife are facing charges of committing ‘homicide by negligence’ that had caused 111 deaths and injured 104 others, in a devastating factory fire on November 24, 2012.
The court also set March 20 to deliver its order regarding prosecution’s plea of cancellation of bail to Mahmuda Akhter, the spouse of Delwar and the chairperson of the company granted earlier by another court.
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* Delwar denied bail again:

A Dhaka court on Thursday rejected a fresh bail petition of Tazreen Fashions managing director Delwar Hossain, now in jail in a case of criminal negligence filed with Ashulia police station that had caused the death of more than 111 workers in a fire at his factory.

The Dhaka district and session judge Abdul Majid passed the order after hearing the petition from both the sides.
The court also extended the bail of Delwar’s wife Mahmuda Akhter Mita, also Tazreen Fashions chairman and a co-accused in the case, until March 20, the date set for passing order on a prosecution petition seeking cancelation of her bail.
Public prosecutor Khandaker Abdul Mannan on February 12 filed the petition seeking cancellation of Mahmuda’s bail.
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* Tazreen owner Delwar’s bail rejected:

Dhaka’s District and Sessions Judge Abdul Majid passed the order after

A Dhaka court yesterday rejected the bail petition of Tazreen Fashions Managing Director Delwar Hossain.

Dhaka’s District and Sessions Judge Abdul Majid passed the order after hearing both the prosecution and the defence.
Delwar was sent to jail on February 10 when he surrendered before a Dhaka court.
On December 31 last year, arrest warrants were issued against the fugitive accused in the case – a year after the tragic deaths of at least 112 workers in fire at the factory on November 24, 2012.
The CID pressed the charges on December 22 last year. The case was filed by Ashulia police against Delwar and 14 others for murder by negligence.
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* Tazreen chairman’s bail cancelled:

Dhaka court cancels bail of Tazreen Fashions Chairman Mahmuda Akhter Mita

A Dhaka court has cancelled the bail granted to Tazreen Fashions Chairman Mahmuda Akhter Mita and ordered her to appear before the lower court within 15 days.

Dhaka District and Session Judge Abdul Mozeed passed the order regarding the prosecution petition seeking cancellation of the bail granted to Mita on Thursday morning.

The court also show caused Dhaka Cheif Judicial Magistrate Md Ismail Hossain and Senior Judicial Magistrate Tazul Islam for their procedural mistake in the order of sending Tazreen Fashions Managing Director Delwar Hossain and his wife Mahmuda Akter Mita to jail when they surrendered before the court on February 9. read more.
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* Court cancels bail of Tazreen Fashions chairman:

A Dhaka court on Thursday cancelled the bail granted earlier to Tazreen Fashions Ltd Chairman Mahmuda Akhter Mita in a case over the devastating fire in the garment factory that claimed over 100 lives in 2012.

The court also asked Mahmuda Akhtar to surrender before it within 15 days.
Judge Md Abdul Majid of the District and Sessions Judge’s court passed the order accepting a prosecution plea for cancelling the bail of Mahmuda, wife of Tazreen Fashions Managing Director and owner Delwar Hossain.

The court also issued show cause notices to Dhaka Chief Judicial Magistrate Ismail Hossain and Senior Judicial Magistrate Tajul Islam for the procedural mistake in the order of sending both Mahmuda Akhter Mita and Tazreen Fashions Managing Director and owner Delwar Hossain to jail.
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* Magistrate warned of action for ‘incomplete’ order on Tazreen chairman’s bail:

A Dhaka court today warned of legal action against a magistrate for “incomplete” order on a bail petition of Tazreen Fashions Ltd chairman in a homicide case filed after a deadly fire at the factory which killed 112 workers.

Judge Md Abdul Majid of the Court of District and Sessions Judges also cancelled the bail of Mahmuda and asked her to surrender before the court in 15 days.

Today’s decision came following a government petition against a February 10 order by Chief Judicial Magistrate Md Ismail Hossain granting one-month conditional bail to the Tazreen chairman.

On surrendering before the court of Senior Judicial Magistrate Tajul Islam on February 9 as per a court directive, Mahmuda and her husband Delwar Hossain, also the owner of the factory, sought bail. But the court ordered to send both of them to jail without disposing of their bail petitions.
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* Magistrate asked to explain action:

Court cancels dubious bail to Tazreen chairman

A Dhaka court yesterday warned of legal action against a magistrate for an “incomplete” order on a bail petition of Tazreen Fashions chairperson in a homicide case.

The case was filed over a deadly fire at the factory in November 2012, which killed 112 workers.
Judge Md Abdul Majid of the Dhaka District and Sessions Judge’s Court asked Senior Judicial Magistrate Tajul Islam to explain in 15 days why legal action would not be taken against him for his February 9 order.
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ATM Golam Gous, counsel for Mahmuda and Delwar, said he would decide on appealing against the order after getting the certified copy of the full judgment.
The couple surrendered before the court six weeks after the same court took charges against them into cognisance and issued arrest warrants for them in the first-ever move in the country to prosecute garment owners for a factory fire.
Police in December last year pressed homicide charges against 13 people, including Delwar and Mahmuda.
The couple also faces charges of negligence that led to so many casualties in the blaze.
According to the charge sheet, they constructed the building as per a faulty plan and illegally used the ground-floor walkway as a warehouse.
Of the 11 other accused, the factory manager, quality manager, engineer and production manager were shown as fugitives in the charge sheet.
Six accused got bail from the High Court and the lower court. Only the security-in-charge is now behind bars.
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* Ad-interim bail to Tazreen’s chair rejected:

Cancelling an ad-interim bail granted earlier to the Tazreen Fashions Limited’s Chairperson by a Judicial Magistrate Court, the Dhaka District and Sessions Judge sought Thursday explanation from the magistrate whether there was any violation of law, sources said.

“The judicial magistrate was given 15 days’ time to reply to the show-cause,” Additional Public Prosecutor Md Anwarul Kabir told the FE.

Judge Md Abdul Majid of the Court of Dhaka District and Sessions Judge also “ordered Tazreen Fashions’ Chairperson to surrender before the court within 15 days,” Mr Kabir, who was present at the court, told the FE.

The orders came following a government petition filed against the February 10 bail order. Public Prosecutor Khandker Abdul Mannan appeared for the government in the court.

During hearing in the government petition, the state counsel said that the ‘due process of law’ was not followed in granting the bail. So, they sought cancellation of the bail order.

Earlier on February 9, 2014, Tazreen Fashions managing director Delwar Hossain and his wife-cum Tazreen chairperson Mahmuda Akter Mita surrendered before the court 40 days after the police hunt to arrest them following a lower court order.
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* Tazreen fire victim Sumaya dies:

Around one-and-a-half-year battle of Sumaya, a victim of Tazreen fire, came to an end as she died from her injuries at her house in Ashulia’s Nischintapur Friday night.

Sumaya, who had a dream of earning a livelihood for which she came to Dhaka, was severely injured, lost her sight and finally suffered almost incurable cancerous tumour, which led to her death around 8:15pm, said Shahidul Islam Sabuj, apparel workers’ rights activist who was managing Sumaya’s treatment.
She was undergoing treatment at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University till March 6 and then shifted to her house at Nischintapur.

Sabuj said Sumaya’s condition gradually deteriorated in the last seven days as she could not eat and blood was coming out through her mouth and nose.
Sumaya, from Jamalpur, had jumped from the second floor of Tazreen Fashions at Ashulia when it caught fire on November 24, 2012. She sustained injuries in the head.
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* No more apathy to apparel factory disaster survivors:

The death of Sumaya, who managed to escape the deadly fire at Tazreen Fashions Ltd at Nischintapur on the outskirts of the capital Dhaka on November 24, 2012, by jumping from the second floor of the building but sustained severe head injuries, died on Friday night is not only deeply shocking but it also yet again betrays that the promises made various quarters, especially the government, made to extend all-out support to the survivors were high on rhetoric.

As apparel worker rights activist, who was managing her treatment, quoted in a New Age report on Saturday, Sumaya finally died in her house at Nischintapur with lesser treatment facilities although several people promised help in this regard.

According to the ENT specialist at Dhaka Medical College Hospital, who treated Sumaya, a cancerous myofibroblastic tumour developed in her nose and spread to the eye and the brain.

It may be pertinent to recall here that being reportedly deprived of proper treatment over months, despite repeated pledges on part of the government in particular over the issue, a Rana Plaza collapse survivor named Salma, a collapse that claimed lives of over 1,100 workers of apparel factories housed in the illegal eight-storey building at Savar and limbs of several thousand more in April 2013, reportedly took her own life in January in her rented house at Tongi.

As mentioned in these columns on more than one occasions thus far, like all other disasters that occurred in different apparel factories since the sector’s inception, investigations have found out that the Tazreen fire was attributable to owners’ apathy to worker safety in the first place.

In this context, the Tazreen management was primarily responsible for helping the survivors to get back to normal life, not to mention making adequate compensation to the victims’ families.
Either way, the government needs to immediately look into the matter for further indifference to survivors, be they of the Tazreen fire or of the Rana Plaza collapse, may send out a wrong signal to apparel workers at large that they are alone when it comes to facing the problems, that too, caused by their owners.
More importantly, such a situation does not bode well for the sector crucial for the nation seeking to come out of poverty soon.
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* Families of Rana Plaza and Tazreen Fashions victims continue to call for compensation:

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Relatives of Rana Plaza and Tazreen Fashions victims form a human chain to demand immediate payment of compensation, in front of the National Press Club in Dhaka yesterday. Photo: Star

Factory owners and apparel buyers continue to ignore the call for compensation despite repeated demonstrations by families of dead and injured workers of Rana Plaza and Tazreen Fashions.

About 200 children and relatives of the deceased and injured workers formed a human chain in front of the National Press Club in Dhaka yesterday, demanding immediate payment of compensation.
“We had a television set but it was sold to meet the family needs after the death of my father,” said Foara Akhter, who lost her father in the Rana Plaza building collapse in April last year.
Foara, who reads in class IV, said her family got nothing but Tk 45,000, and that too in phases, from a buyer.
Most of the money was spent on her grandfather’s treatment, said the 10-year-old girl. She was holding a photo of her father whose dead body was not found.
A couple of yards away was an eight-year-old boy, Shuvo Islam Bijoy, holding the photos of his parents both of whom worked on the fourth floor of the Rana Plaza building.
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* HC rejects Tazreen owner’s bail:

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Workers demonstrate in the capital demanding punishment of Aminul’s killers on March 30, 2014 . Photo by DhakaTribune.

The High Court today rejected bail petitions of Tazreen Fashions’ owner Delwar Hossain and its Chairperson Mahmuda Akhter in a case filed over a deadly fire at the factory in November 2012, which killed 112 workers.

The HC bench of Justice Naima Haider and Justice Zafar Ahmed passed the orders, considering that their petitions were not placed before it as a state counsel vehemently opposed the petitions.

During hearing, Assistant Attorney General M Masud Alam Chowdhury told the HC that a Dhaka court on March 20 cancelled the bail of Mahmuda and asked her to surrender in 15 days before the lower court that granted her bail in the case in February.
But, since she did not surrender before the lower court, so she cannot be granted bail, he said.
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* Tazrin chairman sent to jail:

A Dhaka court has sent Tazreen Fashions Chairman Mahmuda Akhter Mita to jail rejecting her bail petition in a case over the factory fire that killed more than 110 workers.

Senior Judicial Magistrate Kazi Shahidul Islam passed the oder on Thursday morning.
Defence lawyer Md Golam Gaus filed the fresh bail petition for Mahmuda Akhter in the case.
On March 20, the court cancelled the bail granted to Mahmuda Akhter and ordered her to appear before the lower court within 15 days.
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* Families of affected workers hold rally:

 The families of the affected workers of Tazreen Fashion Limited on Saturday at a protest rally in the capital demanded proper compensations for the workers killed and wounded in the fire at the factory.

More than 111 workers were killed and several hundred wounded at a fire at the garment factory at Nishchintapur in Savar on November 24, 2012.
More 100 injured workers and family members of the workers killed took part in the protest rally in front of the National Press Club.
Jarina Khatun, an injured worker demanded exemplary punishments for the owners of the Tazreen, responsible for the fire and demanded proper compensations for the family members of the affected workers.
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* Tazreen Fashions chairman Mahmuda Akhter Mita secures bail:

A Dhaka court on Thursday granted bail to chairman of Tazreen Fashions Mahmuda Akhter Mita on Tk 20,000 bond in a case over the devastating fire in the garment factory that claimed over 100 lives in 2012.

Judge of Dhaka district and session Judge Court M Abdul Mazid passed the order after a hearing on the bail petition filed by Mita’s lawyer Golam Gous.
Golam Gous said now there is no bar to release Mita from jail as she secured bail in the case.
Earlier, on April 3, a court sent Tazreen Fashions chairman Mita to jail after rejecting her bail petition in the case.
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* Tazreen Fashions chairman Mahmuda Akhter granted bail:

Court granted the bail on a Tk20,000 bond after hearing the bail petition filed by Mahmuda’s lawyer

A Dhaka court yesterday granted bail to Tazreen Fashions Chairman Mahmuda Akhter in a homicide case .

The case was filed in connection with the devastating fire in the garment factory that killed at least 112 workers in 2012.

Dhaka’s District and Sessions Judge Md Abdul Majid granted the bail on a Tk20,000 bond after hearing the bail petition filed by Mahmuda’s lawyer Md Golam Gaus.

The defence counsel told the Dhaka Tribune: “Now that the court has granted bail, there is no bar to releasing Mahmuda from prison.”
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* Compensations for all victims demanded:

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United Federation of Garment Workers forms a human chain in front of Jatiya Press Club in the capital yesterday demanding adequate compensations for all the victims of Rana Plaza collapse and Tazreen Fashions fire. Photo: Star

Leaders of United Federation of Garments Workers yesterday demanded that the government ensure compensations for all victims of Rana Plaza collapse and Tazreen Fashions fire.

At a human chain formed in front of Jatiya Press Club in the capital, they also demanded the safety of garment workers at their workplaces.
UFGW President Roy Ramesh Chandra urged the government to form a welfare fund to provide financial assistance to the workers on emergency basis.
The coming April 24 will be the first anniversary of Rana Plaza tragedy that killed at least 1,138 workers and injured several hundreds.
Meanwhile, a citizen group staged a rally before Bangladesh National Museum demanding arrest of all the responsible persons in Spectrum Sweater Factory Building collapse at Savar on April 11, 2005 and Tazreen fire on November 24, 2012 at Ashulia.
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* Proper compensation for Rana Plaza victims demanded:

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The United Federation of Garments on Friday brings out a procession in front of the National Press Club demanding compensation for Tazreen Fashions and Rana Plaza collapse victims in accordance with the ILO convention. — New Age photo

United Federation of Garments Workers and Samajtantrik Sramik Front on Friday demanded appropriate compensation for the affected workers in the collapse of Rana Plaza and fire at Tazreen Fashion as per the International Labour Organisation convention.

The federation made the demand at a human chain and the front at a rally in front of the National Press Club.
Labour leaders, addressing the rally of Samajtantrik Sramik Front, a labour organisation, called on the government to declare April 24 national mourning day commemorating the apparel workers killed in Rana Plaza collapse.

Trade Union Centre general secretary Wajed-ul Islam Khan demanded exemplary punishments for the people responsible for the Rana Plaza collapse and Tazreen Fashion fire and appropriate compensations for the workers affected in the incidents.

Jatiya Sramik Jote president Mesbahuddin Ahmed demanded implementation of announced minimum wage of Tk.5,300 for the apparel workers in every apparel factory.
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* ‘Compensate Rana Plaza victims by Apr 24’:

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A garments workers’ association has demanded that the compensations for the dead and the injured workers of Rana Plaza be paid by April 24.

The National Garments Workers Federation formed a human chain in front of the National Press Club on Saturday to voice the demand.
The families of the deceased, the injured and those still unaccounted for from the Rana Plaza collapse and the Tazreen Fashion fire were present there.
Federation President Amirul Haque Amin said foreign buyers had pledged only Tk 17 million against the Tk 40 million in compensations estimated by the Rana Plaza Compensation Arrangement Coordinating Committee formed under ILO supervision. “This is not only frustrating, it’s humiliating.
The victims are not begging for alms, they are making legitimate claims,” he said, according to a news agency.
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* RANA PLAZA, TAZREEN TRAGEDIES: Punishment demanded for those responsible:

The National Alliance for Protection of Garment Workers and Industry, a combine of garment labour rights bodies, on Wednesday demanded exemplary punishments for those responsible for the Rana Plaza collapse and Tazreen Fashion fire.

Shamima Akter Shirin, coordinator of the combine, at a press conference at Dhaka Reporters Unity made the demand while announcing programmes to observe first anniversary of Rana Plaza collapse on April 24, where more than 1100 workers were killed.
The programmes include holding workers’ rally in front of the National Press Club on April 18, views exchange at Asad Auditorium on April 20, international seminar on workers issue at the press club on April 22, human chain in font of the press club on April 22, placing wreath at the Rana Plaza monument and holding rally of the wounded workers April 24.
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* DNA sampling not enough:

Identifying Rana Plaza, Tazreen deads

Along with DNA sampling, the authorities should use other methods like conducting investigation through interviewing relatives and neighbours to identify the bodies of the Rana Plaza collapse and Tazreen Fashions fire victims, said speakers at a roundtable yesterday.

The DNA profiling lab will not be able to identify the bodies of the victims, as the collection of the samples following the two industrial disasters was not appropriate, they said.
Hameeda Hossain, convener of Sramik Nirapotta Forum, urged the authorities concerned to conduct the investigation using the local government bodies and representatives to identify dead workers’ families and compensate them.
“DNA lab could have identified all bodies if DNA samples had been taken from all victims of Rana Plaza collapse and Tazreen fire,” said Prof Sharif Akhtaruzzaman, chief of National Forensic DNA Profiling Laboratory (NFDPL) of Dhaka Medical College.
The roundtable titled “No Grave to Grieve: The Search for Missing Garment Workers and the Challenges of DNA Technology in Bangladesh” was organised by a group of researchers under the banner of Activist Anthropologist at The Daily Star Centre in the capital.
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* Over 200 workers missing in 9yrs:

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At least 200 apparel workers remained missing in different factory accidents that took place between 2005 and 2013.

The Activist Anthropologist, a group of researchers working since the 2012 fire in Tazreen Fashions, came up with the findings on Thursday at a roundtable titled ‘No grave to grieve: the search for missing garment workers and the challenges of DNA technology in Bangladesh.’
Saydia Gulrukkh, a member of the group, presented the keynote paper, based on news clippings and field surveys, at the roundtable at the Daily Star Centre in Dhaka.
The group assessed that more than 200 apparel workers had been missing in building collapses and fire incidents since April 2005, when the nine-storey Spectrum Sweater factory building collapsed.
The researchers considered the Rana Plaza collapse in April 2013 as the last incident in the study.

The government, however, has denied apparel workers remaining missing in the incidents, study observed.
Saydia in the paper said that there was no specific authority with which families could lodge complaints of workers going missing.
Helpless families of workers who went missing visited different government and private authorities dealing with the apparel sector but they failed to trace their relatives, she said.
The government introduced DNA profiling to identify the bodies disfigured beyond recognition after the Tazreen fire in 2012.
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* Fatal diseases wearing down Tazreen victims:

Many injured victims of the Tazreen Fashions fire, who could not afford proper treatment after the disaster, have developed fatal health complications over the last 19 months.

The workers, mostly female, were given treatment by the garment factory owners’ association, BGMEA, immediately after the fire on November 24, 2012.
Tazreen Fashions, a garment factory of Toba Group at Nishchintapur of Ashulia, outside the capital, was burnt down in the blaze, leaving 112 workers killed and hundreds injured.

Talking to The Daily Star at Nischintapur workers’ colony, some victims said they had been taken to different hospitals and clinics after the fire by the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) but they were released after primary treatment.
Amena Akter, a sewing machine operator, who jumped off the 4th floor to escape fire, is fighting for life at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) in the capital.

Her husband Abul Hosen, a rickshaw puller, can hardly buy any more medicines, as he has already sold his only home and 10 decimals of land at Lalmonirhat for Tk 1.84 lakh and paid for her treatment.
The poor man said Amena was taken to the Centre for Child and Woman Health Care at first, then to Dhaka Medical College Hospital and later to the Trauma Centre of the capital but she was released after primary treatment.
After 19 months, she was diagnosed with cancer. Her treatment was primarily funded by an organisation but they could not run it for long, he said.
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* Families of Tazreen fire victims demand compensation before Eid:

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Families of the victims of Tazreen Fashion fire form a human chain in front of the National Press Club in Dhaka on Monday, demanding payment of compensation before Eid. — New Age photo

The families of Tazreen fire victims on Monday demanded compensation from the government before the Eid-ul-Fitr, expressing their frustration that they did not get any compensation even after 20 months of the blaze that left 112 workers killed at Tazreen Fashions Limited at Savar.

From a press conference and human chain in front of National Press Club, they raised their four-point demand including compensation before the Eid.
The families of the victims organised the press conference.
They urged the government to establish a cell to deal with the garments workers’ demands and complaints.
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* 26 Tazreen victim families yet to be compensated:

During the demonstration, the organisers put a golden tin-made box full of money on the street and wrote on it “Prime Minister’s Relief Fund: Tk105 crore.” The box was later locked and painted red

The families of 26 victims of the Tazreen factory fire have been waiting since May to receive the compensations pledged by the government for the devastating incident that took place on November 24, 2012.

Earlier this year, the Labour Ministry prepared a list of 26 Tazreen victims – of whom 14 were unidentified or missing workers – and sent it to the Prime Minister’s Office. In May, the ministry informed the family members of the victims that the compensations would be given within a week.

Earlier, the High Court ordered the government and the BGMEA – the association of garment factory owners – to pay the compensations. Each family was to get Tk7 lakh, as per the recommendations made by the government and the BGMEA.

Yesterday, the family members and survivors of the Tazreen tragedy and Activist Anthropologists group held an open press conference in front of the National Press Club demanding the compensations before Eid-ul-Fitr.

During the demonstration, the organisers put a golden tin-made box full of money on the street and wrote on it “Prime Minister’s Relief Fund: Tk105 crore.” The box was later locked and painted red.

Family members and survivors then put photos of their beloved ones and those were remain missing on the box.

The survivors and victims’ families of the Tazreen fire incident and the Rana Plaza collapse have been waiting for a long time to be compensated from the Prime Minister’s Relief Fund where the BGMEA and others contributed money.
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* Owner of Tazreen Gets Bail – Delwar Hossain Roams Free Again:

The owner of the Tazreen Fashion factory that caused 124 deaths with numerous more injured is now free once more after he secured bail and is supposed to be finally released on Sunday or Monday (3 or 4 August 2014).

This news was confirmed by the State Minister for Labor Mr Mujibul Hoque Chunnu.
After a delay of more than a year, the infamous owner of Tazreen Mr. Delwar Hossain was finally jailed following a court order to which he surrendered.

After numerous attempts to get a bail, the recent “hunger strike till death” of the workers of Tuba Group (Tuba Group is owned by Delwar Hossain) who have not been paid their 3 months of due wages as well as overtime and festival bonus are alleged to have created an atmosphere where the possibility of negotiating in favor of Delwar Hossain’s bail and possible immunity from law could be forwarded by his relatives who now hold the helm of the group.

The ongoing protest has taken a toll on the workers who are already falling sick. However, they have been getting promises of a relief from this suffocating situation of hunger, grief and restlessness to no avail as yet.
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* Delwar granted bail by HC:

State minister for labour and employment Mujibul Haque Chunnu said on Thursday that Tuba Group owner Delwar Hossain was granted bail by the High Court and hoped that he might be released from jail on Sunday or Monday.

‘Toba Group owner Delwar obtained bail before the Eid. I hope, the ongoing problems [over the workers’ dues] will be resolved after he is releases from jail on Sunday or Monday,’ the minister told New Age on Thursday night.

Rumours, meanwhile, spread among the hunger striking garment workers on Thursday that Delwar Hossain was released on bail but the authorities concerned said he was still in Dhaka Central Jail.

The workers of Tuba Group in the capital have been observing a hunger strike for the last four days for back pay and festival allowance.
Some members of law enforcement agencies deployed on the Tuba Group premises said that Delwar Hossain was bailed out.

Laili Begum, mother-in-law of Delwar Hossain, who was confined by the agitating workers, told New Age that she heard Delwar had obtained bail on the last working day (Sunday) before the Eid.
‘As it was the last working day, Delwar could not be freed from jail due to some procedural complexities and he would be freed any day,’ she said.
Laili also said that Delwar’s bail could only solve the problems of workers’ dues.
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* Labour leaders oppose Delwar’s bail, ministers at BGMEA to discuss way out:

Garments Sramik Sangram Parishad, a combine of eight apparel workers’ rights body, on Sunday formed a human chain in front of the High Court premises to oppose Tuba Group owner Delwar Hossain’s two months’ interim bail.

Tuba Group owner Delwar Hossain obtained two months’ interim bail from a High Court bench.
He is in jail on homicide charges after one of his apparel factories Tazreen Fashions limited was gutted in 2012, killing 112 workers.

The rights body also held the protest programme to realise theb workers’ demand for payment of their wages, arrears and Eid bonus.
Meanwhile, Tuba Group Sramik Sangram Committee is likely to announce its fresh programme at a press conference this afternoon at Hossain Market of North Badda in the city.
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* Govt to appeal against Delwar’s bail:

The government will appeal against the High Court order that granted bail to Tazreen Fashion’s Limited Managing Director Delwar Hossain.

Deputy Attorney General Shafiul Bashar Bhandary said this on Sunday.

Bhandary said: “The appeal against the Tazreen Fashion’s owner Delwar Hossain’s bail is under process.”

However, Acting Attorney General Murad Reza said: “The DAG has sent a note regarding the appeal. But we will decide whether to appeal or not after seeing the note.”
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* Govt to appeal HC order:

Tuba Group MD’s bail

The government has decided to appeal with the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court seeking its stay on the High Court (HC) Division’s order that recently granted bail to detained Tuba Group managing director (MD) Delwar Hossain.

The state law officer concerned, however, could not specify any date of filing the petition for the apex court’s stay on the HC bail order.

“We have decided to appeal against the HC bail order,” Deputy Attorney General (DAG) Shafiul Bashar Bhandary told the FE Sunday.

About the date to do so, Mr Bhandary said, “Filing of the petition against the HC’s bail order is under process; it may take time.”

In reply to a query whether the Attorney General’s office received certified copy of the bail order, the DAG said, “There is no need of the certified copy because we will file a civil miscellaneous petition (CMP) for leave-to-appeal, which does not require it (certified copy).”
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* Government to challenge Delowar’s bail:

It was the last working day of the Supreme Court before its month-long vacation began

The government will appeal with the Supreme Court against a recent High Court order that granted bail to imprisoned Delowar Hossain, the owner of Tuba Group which also owns Tazreen Fashions, where a fire killed at least 112 workers in 2012.

Deputy Attorney General Shafiul Bashar Bhandary yesterday told the Dhaka Tribune: “The appeal against Delowar Hossain’s bail is under process. A decision has been made to file the petition seeking a stay order on the High Court’s bail order.”

Bhandary had opposed the bail prayer by Delowar’s counsel during a hearing on July 24 when the High Court bench of Justice Syed AB Mahmudul Huq and Justice Md Nazrul Islam Talukder granted him two month’s ad interim bail in a case filed regarding the tragic factory fire.

It was the last working day of the Supreme Court before its month-long vacation began. During the vacation, only special courts sit to deal with urgent cases. Bhandary, however, could not confirm when they would submit the appeal to the Supreme Court’s chamber judge’s court.

The chamber judge’s vacation court sat on July 31. It will sit again tomorrow and on August 12, 19 and 25, according to the official website a the apex court.
Attorney General Mahbubey Alam is currently abroad.

Additional Attorney General Murad Reza, who is now working as the acting attorney general, told the Dhaka Tribune: “Deputy Attorney General [Shafiul Bashar Bhandary] has sent me a note regarding the appeal.
We will make a decision regarding the issue after seeing the note.”

When asked how long it may take to file the petition, Murad Reza said: “The process is underway. It will take two or three days.” In response to another question, he said: “If the accused [Delowar] is released from jail by this time, we will pray to the court to issue a directive for his surrender.”
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* Eminent citizens: Prosecute Delowar for holding 1,600 workers hostage:

June unless he is out on bail in order to enable the release of the funds from the bank

Eminent citizens have called to prosecute Toba Group Managing Director Delowar Hossain on charges of securing bail by holding 1600 workers hostage in the Tazreen fire tragedy case.

“We think it is a threat to the independent judicial system in our country,” said 16 eminent citizens, including Syed Abul Maksud, Sultana Kamal, Khushi Kabir and Anu Muhammad, in a joint statement yesterday.

Delowar, also an owner of Tazreen Fashions Ltd, has been detained in connection with the devastating factory fire in which 112 people were killed in November 2012.

On July 28, a High Court bench granted two months’ bail to him, reportedly on the controversial grounds that 1600 workers of five factories under Tuba Group cannot be paid their salary for May and June unless he is out on bail in order to enable the release of the funds from the bank.
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* Tuba owner Delwar released on bail:

Tuba Group owner Delwar Hossain, who is facing charges negligence that led to death of 112 apparel workers in 2012, was released on bail after his bail order reached the Dhaka Central Jail on Tuesday afternoon.

Dhaka Central Jail senior superintendent Farman Ali said that Delwar was released at about 8:05pm after examining the document of his bail granted earlier by the High Court.

On July 24, the bench of Justice Syed AB Mahmudul Huq and Justice Md Nazrul Islam Talukder granted Delwar bail for two months following an application stating that he would pay wages to about 3,000 workers of his factories that remained outstanding since April.

The workers of five units of Tuba Group are on hunger strike since July 28 demanding payment of arrears, wage and festival allowance at Hossain Market in Badda.
Additional attorney general Murad Reza, now in charge of the office in absence of the attorney general, Mahbubey Alam, told New Age that the office applied for getting certified copy of the bail order.
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* AG office yet to get copy of order on Delwar’s bail:

The attorney general’s office is yet to get the certified copy of one-page High Court order that granted bail to Tuba Group managing director Delwar Hossain even a day after his release from Dhaka central jail on Tuesday.

The High Court on July 24 granted Delwar interim bail for two months and the order was signed by the judges on Tuesday and it reached Dhaka central jail via Dhaka Chief Judicial Magistrate’s Court on the same day.

‘We cannot make a decision whether to move the Appellate Division challenging the bail, as we are yet to get the certified copy of the High Court order,’ said additional attorney general Murad Reza, now in charge of the attorney general’s office.

He told reporters that his office had applied for a copy of the order following issuance of the order on July 24. Delwar Hossain was released on Tuesday on bail in a case of culpable homicide by negligence in connection with the fire at his apparel factory Tazreen Fashions that killed 112 workers in November 2012.
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* Delwar’s bail betrays pro-rich bias of state, political elite:

The release on a bail of Delwar Hossain, who had been behind bars since February 9, accused of culpable homicide in connection with the November 24, 2012 fire at Tazreen Fashions Limited, one of the companies he owns, that left at least 112 apparel workers killed, could be interpreted as yet another pointer to the essential pro-rich bias of the state and the political elite, both governing and non-governing.

The two-month bail, granted by the High Court on July 24 in response to the submission that Delwar needed to be outside prison to pay wages to about 3,000 workers of the Tuba Group, who have not been paid since April and some of whom have been on a fast unto death in demand for the arrears and festival allowance, could also set a precedent for the unethical section of entrepreneurs to first
inflict misery on their workers and then use it as protection from the law for transgressions previously committed.

There are more reasons than one to believe that the travesty of justice played out in Delwar’s case may have been possible because of the Awami League-led government’s connivance.

According to a report published in New Age on Wednesday, the additional attorney general had said on Sunday that the office of the attorney general would appeal against the bail although there was no instruction from the government.

However, on Tuesday, the day Delwar was released, he said that the office had applied for a certified copy of the order and would ‘decide whether an appeal … would be filed or not’ after ‘examining the order’.
Such a change of heart could well have been at the behest of the government, especially in view of its not-so-subtle an attempt to save Delwar’s skin by portraying the Tazreen fire as ‘an act of sabotage’ and ‘planned arson’ in its immediate aftermath.
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* Delowar’s counsel allegedly suppressed info in bail petition:

Delowar’s lawyer again files a petition for bail before another bench

 

Tuba Group owner Delowar Hossain allegedly concealed some information in his petition for bail, which the High Court granted on July 24.

Several lawyers yesterday told the Dhaka Tribune that before submitting the petition before the bench of Justice Syed AB Mahmudul Huq and Justice Md Nazrul Islam Talukder, Delowar’s counsel had submitted the same petition to three other benches.

Musharrof Hossain Sardar, a deputy attorney general (DAG), said: “Delowar applied for bail in my court where I was assigned as law officer. Judges turned it down as being not pressed.

“If Delowar’s lawyer again files a petition for bail before another bench, he needs to mention that a petition of similar nature was rejected earlier by a court.”

DAG Khurshedul Alam said Delowar had applied for bail in his court too, but the judges returned the petition without hearing it .

Md Selim, another DAG, said: “Delowar applied for bail in my court long ago, but the judges gave it back, saying they had a lot of other cases to deal with and hence did not have the time to hear it.”

However, DAG Shafiul Bashar Bhandary, who was the state counsel in the High Court bench granting the bail order, said: “Delowar’s lawyer did not mention anything in his application regarding the previous attempts at obtaining bail. I have a copy of the application and it has no such information.”
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* Tuba owner Delowar’s freedom was not necessary to pay workers:

The Dhaka Tribune managed to contact the owner of one of Tuba’s clients who said he had made a payment in early July

The five factories of Tuba Group worked on sub-contracts and generally received payments in cash, so the management’s claim that banks were not giving them funds because the owner was in jail, does not stand, agitating workers have said.

Workers claimed that Tuba Group had enough money to clear their dues because all the clients had made payments in July.

The Dhaka Tribune managed to contact the owner of one of Tuba’s clients who said he had made a payment in early July.

“I made some of my products at Tuba Group on the basis of a sub-contract…I could not get the entire order completed because the workers were protesting and abstaining from work demanding their dues…So I paid Tk8.9 lakh to the management of Tuba in the beginning of July for the partial work they had done,” AKM Ansarul Alam, managing director of Azra Enterprise Limited, told the Dhaka
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“The owner is in jail for the last eight months but the crisis started only three months ago. This proves that they can manage fund for wages without the MD,” Shafiqul Islam, packing supervisor of Tuba Textiles, told the Dhaka Tribune.

Md Anwar Hossain, admin manager of Taif Design, a sister concern of Tuba Group, whose workers are also fasting, said: “The payment of workers was regular until April, although the MD [Delowar] was in jail. But the crisis was created only to free the MD.”

“Even in July, there were enough subcontracting orders and the factory was kept operational,” Anwar said.

A worker of Tuba Group told the Dhaka Tribune: “We got the wage for March in April. We were still working. But we did not get any payment in May and June. By the beginning of July, workers were getting restless
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* AG office now seeks copy of order on Delwar’s bail:

The attorney general’s office on Sunday filed an application to get the certified copy of a High Court order that had granted bail to Tuba Group managing director Delwar Hossain on which he was released five days ago.

Assistant attorney general Sheikh Saifuzzaman filed the application, said officials concerned. ‘We cannot make a decision whether to move the Appellate Division challenging the bail, as we are yet to get the certified copy of the High Court order,’ said additional attorney general Murad Reza following Delwar’s release on August 5.
He had told reporters that his office applied for a copy of the order following issuance of the order by the High Court on July 24 in a case of culpable homicide by negligence in connection with the fire at his apparel factory Tazreen Fashions that killed 112 workers in November 2012.
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* Tazreen victim Amena loses the fight:

A Tazreen Fashions fire victim, who developed cancer after sustaining injuries in the November 24, 2012 incident, died at a hospital in the capital early today. 

Amena Begum, 35, died at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) around 4:00am, reports our Savar correspondent.

She was a sewing machine operator of Tazreen Fashions Limited in Ashulia, on the outskirts of the capital.

Tazreen Fashions, a garment factory of Toba Group at Nishchintapur of Ashulia was burnt down in the blaze, killing 112 workers and injuring hundreds.

Amena hailed Buriadoha village of Lalmonirhat Sadar upazila suffered severe injuries after she jumped off the fourth floor to escape the fire.

Her husband Abul Hosen, a rickshaw puller, has sold his only home and 10 decimals of land at Lalmonirhat for Tk 1.84 lakh to arrange better treatment for Amena.
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* Another Tazreen factory fire victim dies:

When her condition deteriorated a few days ago, she was again admitted to BSMMU, where she died on Wednesday morning

Another victim of Tazreen fire died yesterday, after fighting for her life for nearly two years.

Amena Begum, the victim of the fire, died early morning yesterday in Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) where she was receiving treatment.

Amena worked on the fifth floor of Tazreen Fashion. When the fire broke out on her floor, she saw her co-workers being burnt alive and to save her life she jumped from the fifth floor. She broke her bones in her hand, feet and waist from the jump.

For the first few days she received treatment from the hospital, but her family could afford to keep her there, so they brought her home in Nischintapur in Ashulia and looked after her there.

When her condition deteriorated a few days ago, she was again admitted to BSMMU, where she died on Wednesday morning.
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* Another Tazreen Victim Dies – Amena Begum is no more:

After suffering from serious wounds as a result of the Tazreen inferno on 24 November 2012, Amena begum succumbed to her injuries at around 8 in the evening of 12 August 2014.

Amena’s murder is due to gross negligence by the owner of Tazreen Fashions (Tuba Group) Mr. Delwar Hossain who is currently roaming free on bail which he received from the High Court during the Tuba Group uprising recently.

As soon as her body arrived in Nishchintapur, Savar, where her husband waited to bid her farewell with several trade unionists and locals, the Police arrived and restricted her body to be taken out of the ambulance. Later, her dead-body was taken to her hometown in Lalmonirhat, the northernmost district of Bangladesh, for a quick funeral and burial.

Trade Unionists and rights bodies doubt that her body was restricted from being taken out of Nischintapur, Savar (near the Tazreen Fashion itself) to prevent any burst of emotion or any reaction which would cause an uproar among family, relatives, friends and sympathizers of workers and worker rights in that area and across the country.

The death of Amena Begum now makes the death toll of Tazreen Fashion Fire stand at 125. Workers of Tazreen are yet to get their full compensation by the government of brands which were making their products in that factory.
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* Compensation still eludes many Tazreen, Rana Plaza victims:

Roundtable highlights plights of workers

Many victims of Tazreen fire and Rana Plaza collapse are yet to receive their compensation from the government for prolonged procedures and the delay in DNA profiling.

“I could not even trace the body of my sister. I am yet to get the compensation money from the government 21 months after the incident,” said Motiqul Islam Moti, brother of Rehana Akter, who died in the Tazreen Fashions fire in November 2012.

“The relatives of 98 victims have received Tk 7 lakh each after the incident, but nobody paid the compensation for the death of my sister, although I met so many people so far for the payment.”

Moti’s comments came at a roundtable on the present situation of the garment sector at the CIRDAP office in Dhaka.

Nijera Kori, a local NGO, organised the roundtable, where trade union leaders, government higher-ups, garment entrepreneurs and victims from Tazreen fire and Rana Plaza collapse spoke.

Mohammad Akkas, relative of another victim of Rana Plaza building collapse, said his son died during the incident but his grandson is yet to get the compensation.

“I went to so many people for the compensation but in vain. My grandson is passing a miserable life,” he added.
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* Delay in execution reports stalls Tazreen trial :

Public prosecutor says police need to be more cooperative and responsible

The trial of the case filed over the devastating fire at Tazreen Fashions in 2012 that killed 112 workers is yet to begin as execution reports on four fugitive accused are yet to reach the court.

Police, however, said they had already sent the reports.
Washim Sheikh, senior judicial magistrate of Dhaka, issued arrest warrants against the fugitive accused on December 31 last year and asked police to submit execution reports.

Earlier on December 22, 2012, investigating officer KM Mohosinuzzaman Khan submitted the charge sheet to the Dhaka Chief Judicial Magistrate Court accusing the Tazreen chairman, the managing director and 11 others.

Soon after the incident, four chargesheeted accused – engineer M Mahbubul Morshed, Production Manager Mobarak Hossain Manju, Factory Manager Abdur Razzak and Quality Manager Sahiduzzaman – went into hiding and their whereabouts still remain unknown.
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* Delwar’s bail extended by 6 months:

The High Court has extended the tenure of Tuba Group owner Delwar Hossain bail by six months on the ground that he would pay festival allowance and other service benefits that are due to the workers of the factory.

The bench of Justice Syed AB Mahmudul Huq and Justice Md Akram Hossain Chowdhury passed the order on September 17 on Delwar’s appeal to extend his two-month bail which expired on Wednesday, deputy attorney general Bashir Ullah told New Age on Thursday.
The bench on July 24 granted Delwar interim bail for two months on his appeal that he would pay wages to 3,000 workers that had remained outstanding since his imprisonment on February 9.
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* Tuba Group and Tazreen Owner Gets Extension of Bail:

Often termed as the “Butcher of Bangladeshi Garment Workers” the infamous Delowar Hossain extended his bail for another 6 months after the High Court accepted his plea which was made on 14 September 2014.

Even after huge uproars by rights organizations across Bangladesh and the wider global labor right activists and sympathizers, Delowar Hossain displayed the power of money and influence exercised by BGMEA for him and his own financial capability time and again since the Tazreen Fire, and many consider that he is showing that same strength behind the scenes where he claims to be broke only to refuse workers their proper payments and reemployment.

Delowar is now again a free man, even though 125 workers lost their lives and several hundred injured workers live a painful and traumatic life since then.

The impunity Garment Owners enjoy in Bangladesh still is astonishing.
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* Two Years after Fatal Tazreen Fire, Life Worse for Survivors:

November 24 marks the two-year anniversary of the deadly fire at Tazreen Fashions Ltd. in Bangladesh that killed 112 garment workers.

Since then, at least 30 garment workers have died in factory fires and 844 have been injured in 68 incidents, according to data collected by Solidarity Center staff in Dhaka, the capital. Many of the survivors and their families say they have received little or no compensation, and many survivors are unable to work again.

“Things are getting much, much worse for me,” said Shahanaz, who sustained critical injuries, including loss of vision in her right eye, while fleeing the burning building. “With all of the pain I am in, I can no longer pray while standing.”

Shahanaz is one of nearly a dozen garment workers and family members the Solidarity Center profiled last year. Solidarity Center staff in Dhaka recently visited the workers again, and found that, like Shahanaz, their health and financial situations have deteriorated.

Five months after the Tazreen fire, another 1,100 garment workers in five factories were killed and another 2,500 people were injured when the Rana Plaza building collapsed.

Millions of garment workers, up to 90 percent of whom are women, have made Bangladesh the second largest producer of apparel globally, and 80 percent of the country’s foreign exchange depends upon the industry. Garment workers have toiled for decades in hazardous working conditions with few worker rights. After the Tazreen and Rana Plaza disasters shocked the world, these worker rights violations could no longer be ignored.
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* Agreement on Tazreen compensation announced:

Two years after over 120 people lost their lives trapped in the Tazreen Fashions factory in Dhaka, Bangladesh, an agreement has been reached between IndustriALL Global Union and their local affiliates, Clean Clothes Campaign and C&A on a system for delivering compensation to the victims of the tragedy.

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On November 24, 2012, Tazreen Fashions, a clothing factory supplying global clothing brands, was engulfed in flames. Trapped behind locked exits, over 120 workers died while trapped or trying to escape. 300 workers were seriously injured. For two years these workers have faced destitution and ongoing medical problems as a result of the fire.

Over recent days the parties have been engaged in ongoing negotiations, facilitated by the ILO, to agree principles for an agreement. Details of the programme will be finalised over coming days, with the hope that compensation will finally delivered.

Ineke Zeldenrust from the Clean Clothes Campaign stated: “Just prior to the second anniversary we are extremely pleased to be able to announce we and IndustriALL have reached an outline agreement with C&A on the principles of a compensation process. The system will be based on the system already developed for the Rana Plaza victims. This system covers compensation for loss of income, provision of independent medical assessments and ongoing treatment.

As part of this agreement C&A Foundation has pledged to contribute a significant amount towards full and fair compensation for Tazreen victims, in addition to those funds that have already been committed. The final details of pledge will be worked out and made public once the cost of the package has been finalised. Ineke Zeldenrust: “We welcome the positive role that C&A has played in this process, which has been instrumental in getting this agreement.”
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*  Tazreen survivors stare blankly at future:

Survivors of the Tazreen Fashions fire stare blankly at future with their lives shattered as the tragedy left many of them crippled making them incapable of working at factories.

More than one hundred Tazreen workers, who were badly injured in the fire, are passing days in extreme hardship struggling to bear the costs of their treatment two years after the incident.
A good number of survivors are yet to recover from the trauma of the terrible incident and lost their mental strength permanently to work in the readymade garment sector or any other industry.

Survivors and their families alleged that the government or the BGMEA had made arrangements for primary treatment of the injured immediately after the incident but that was all and none seemed willing to bear the costs for their treatment for long. No one came in recent months to enquire about how they were doing.

Two years after the tragedy, a number of workers were still in trauma and could not stand noise.
Symptoms of various physical complexities have developed in some of them.
Rokeya Begum, who worked as a sewing assistant at the factory, jumped out of the third floor of the factory building breaking open the windows to escape the blaze on the dreadful night of November 24, 2012. ‘I suffered injuries and received primary treatment.

There were no serious problems with the injuries at that time. But after a few months, various physical complexities started emerging,’ she said. Rokeya is suffering from severe chest pains and respiratory troubles and she vomits blood at times but she cannot afford her treatment.
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* Fire ravaged their lives:

Victims recall fateful night of Tazreen garments disaster that killed 112 people 2 years ago

Everything happens for the best, it is often touted, but for Hena Akter, it is impossible to find a silver lining in the tragedy that unfolded on this day two years ago.

A slight short circuit gave way to an errant fire, which went on to ravage her entire workplace — and her life.

“I have lost everything in that fire,” said Hena, who joined the ill-fated Tazreen Fashions as a helper in January 2010. She used to draw a salary of Tk 4,500 per month, enough to support herself and her two young sons.

While the 35-year-old can count herself lucky to not be among the 112 that succumbed to the fire, the incident on November 24, 2012 though has left her and over 1,200 others wounded. She ended up with a broken backbone, an injury which has rendered her incapable of any strenuous work.
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* After Tazreen fire, companies evade compensation: HRW:

New York based human rights organization Human Rights Watch said on Monday global clothing brands tied to Tazreen factory that had caught fire two years ago should immediately support full and fair compensation for workers and families of the dead.

‘Survivors of the fire at Tazreen Fashions are still suffering from their injuries and loss of income,’ HRW said in a press release. It said only two out of 16 firms linked to the factory are believed to have paid any meaningful amount of compensation to the victims.

Five companies have paid nothing, claiming the factory was making or storing their products without their knowledge or authorization. Other companies have offered undisclosed charitable donations. At least 112 workers died in the fire at the Tazreen Fashions factory on November 24, 2012, in Savar, outside the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka.

Managers had barred them from leaving by the stairs since they said it was a false alarm, survivors said. The exits were also blocked with cartons as the factory was rushing to fill an order.
Workers were badly injured as they jumped out of the upper floors of the burning factory. Hundreds continue to suffer from their injuries and cannot afford their medical treatment.
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* Financial support still elusive for many Tazreen fire survivors:

Today is tragic November 24. On this day in 2012, one of the most devastating fire incidents in recent memory took place at Tazreen Fashions — a garment factory — at Ashulia on the outskirts of Dhaka city.

The blaze claimed 114 lives and injured 200 workers. Many of the Tazreen survivors, out of the 200, are still traumatized and yet to join any new workplace due to their physical conditions.

A total of 111 families of the dead workers got financial support of Tk 0.7 million each while three more workers who died later are yet to get the money, sources and right activists said.

Out of the 200 injured workers, some 90 workers got the financial support worth Tk 0.1 million each, they added.

Rokeya Begum, a sewing operator of the Tazreen, jumped out of the third floor of the factory building to save herself. She survived but has been suffering from chest pain, respiratory problems and vomiting for more than last one year.

She got primary treatment as no serious problem was identified then. But after a few months, various complexities developed. She cannot continue treatment due to lack of money, she added.

Survivors and their family members alleged that the government or the BGMEA provided primary treatment immediately after the incident but no one took the responsibility for long time treatment.
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* Legal entitlement to compensation not ensured despite govt pledge:

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A file photo shows a floor of the Tazreen Fashions Ltd devastated by a fire incident on November 24, 2012. The government has failed to ensure in stipulated time a legal entitlement to compensation for workers in case of death and injury in workplace incident though it is a commitment under the National Action Plan. — New Age photo

The government has failed to ensure in stipulated time a legal entitlement to compensation for workers in case of death and injury in workplace incident though it is a commitment under the National Action Plan. 

Labour rights groups alleged that the government and factory owners were the main obstacles to implementation of the pledge made in the NAP. Government officials, however, said that they could not concentrate on the issue due to their focus on many other burning issues related with safety and security of workers.

Following the fire incident at Tazreen Fashions Ltd on November 24, 2012 that killed at least 114 workers and injured 200, mostly women, the government adopted the NAP. Under the NAP, the government promised to develop a tripartite protocol for compensation for the families of workers who died and injured as a result of occupational accidents and diseases.

According to the pledge made in the NAP, the tripartite protocol will include a review of the appropriateness of the level of current legal entitlement to compensation bearing in mind the concept of loss of earnings and the provisions of International Labour Organisation Convention 121.

The government also set the expected date of completion of the work by December 31, 2013. ‘Both the government and the factory owners think that if any higher amount is set as compensation it will put a negative impact on the employment,’ labour rights activist Sultan Uddin Ahmed told New Age.
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* No more delay in justice for Tazreen fire victims:

In yet another manifestation of the government’s lack of sincerity in ensuring justice for victims of the Tazreen fire that left some 113 people dead and 100 others disabled on November 24, 2012, trial of the people reportedly responsible for the fire are yet to begin.

As New Age reported on Sunday quoting the court’s additional public prosecutor, they could not complete even the pre-trial proceedings of the case as the police report on the execution of the arrest order issued on December 31, 2013 in the case was still unavailable.

It is worth noting that a judicial magistrate’s court in Dhaka took cognisance then of the charges against 13 people, including the managing director and chairperson of the factory, filed by the police in the case.

Moreover, of the 13 accused, nine are now either in jail or at large on bail.
Against the backdrop, the court ordered the police to arrest the remaining four. Although the Dhaka police superintendent claimed to have personally monitored the execution of the order, one could be forgiven to describe the failure to execute the order even in 11 months as mysterious.
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* RMG workers demand Tazreen owner Delwar’s arrest:

Garment workers on Monday demanded the arrest of Tazreen Fashions Ltd owner Delwar Hossain in connection with the devastating fire at the factory that claimed over 100 lives in 2012.

The demand was made from a protest rally held at Jurain Graveyard marking the second anniversary of the tragedy.

Garments Sramik Sangram Parishad organised the rally. Prior to the rally, tributes were paid to those fire victims buried at the graveyard.

Speakers at the rally demanded that the bail granted to Delwar Hossain be scrapped, he be arrested and exemplary punishment be meted out to him.

They also put forward some demands including ensuring safety measures at workplace, publishing the probe report of the Tazreen Fashions fire incident and taking punitive action against those found guilty over the incident through amending the Labour Act.
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* Punish Tazreen owner, say labour leaders:

Labour leaders yesterday reiterated their demand for exemplary punishment to those responsible for the Tazreen Fashions.

The fire at the Tuba Group factory in Savar killed at least 112 people, mostly garment workers, on this day two years ago.
“The fire was not an accident. It was a murder,” said Tapon Saha, general secretary of Textile Garments Workers Federation.
The loss of lives could have been minimised, had the factory’ doors not been locked, he said at a human chain formed in front of the National Press Club to mark the second anniversary of the fire.
The Tazreen fire and Rana Plaza collapse resulted from gross violations of the labour law, said Abul Hossain, president of the association.

“It is pathetic that the government has failed to ensure proper punishment of the culprits even after two years of the incident,” he said.
They demanded exemplary punishment for Delwar Hossain, managing director of Tazreen Fashions, to discourage such criminal negligence in future.
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* Tazreen two years on:

Some improvement, but a long way to go

It is reassuring to note that safety conditions of factories have improved since the devastating Tazreen Fashion fire incident back on November 24, 2012.

The credit for this goes to diligent inspection efforts by the two buyer-sponsored agencies — Accord and Alliance — assisted by the government, labour rights organisations and BGMEA.
But we have to bear in mind the fact that improvement work is still in its initial stage and a large number of factories remain beyond any form of oversight. Inspection of all factories and at the same time proper functioning of the already safe ones should be ensured to create a failsafe work condition in this vital export sector.

Another relevant question is: how far will the oversight system be sustained?
So far the oversight work has been done largely due to buyer pressure. The government and all the key stakeholders have to play a concerted role in continuing the oversight operations.

In spite of the improvement, compensation remains a big issue for the victims. They are yet to get recompensed in line with ILO conventions and many injured workers are suffering due to lack of proper treatment. So far only a Dutch buyer has agreed to pay compensation to the victims.
We would urge all other buyers that sourced from Tazreen to follow suit.
The government and BGMEA also cannot avoid their responsibility in this matter.
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* Safety standards improve:

TAZREEN TRAGEDY: TWO YEARS ON Lack of compensation for Tazreen victims aggrieves labour leaders

Workplace safety in the garment sector have improved since the Tazreen fire disaster two years ago, but the absence of justice yet for the victims has set off anger and distrust among the observers.

Inspections by the Accord on Fire and Building Safety, the platform of mainly European-based retailers, the government’s corrective action plan and the efforts of the owners reflect that workplace safety conditions are improving, said Roy Ramesh Chandra, secretary general of IndustriALL Bangladesh Council.
“Things are moving in the right direction. If we can capitalise on all these developments, we will have a safe and sound industry in the next five years. But, we need to improve further and bring momentum to the process.”

The fact that the Tazreen victims are yet to get compensation in line with the International Labour Organisation conventions and good practices in the country though has left a bitter taste in the mouth, Chandra said.
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* Garment workers’ rights activists and family members of Tazreen fire victims:

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Garment workers’ rights activists and family members of Tazreen fire victims offering munajat at Jurain graveyard in the capital on Monday on the second anniversary of the tragedy. — Focus Bangla
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* Tazreen fire victims demand compensation:

Family members of the victims and injured workers attended the rally

Ready made garment workers and labour leaders yesterday demanded that proper compensation be paid soon to the victims of Tazreen Fashion fire incident.

They made the demand at a rally in front of the National Press Club organised to mark the second anniversary of the devastating fire which killed 112 workers and injured over 200 people.

On November 24, 2012, the fire broke out at a factory of Tazreen Fashions in Savar, on the outskirt of the capital.

Family members of the victims and injured workers attended the rally.
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* Tazreen victims to get compensation:

Victims and families of the Tazreen Fashions fire will receive a package under the same system developed to compensate Rana Plaza victims, as one retailer has just agreed to pay, a full two years after the incident.

“We are extremely pleased to be able to announce that we and IndustriALL have reached an outline agreement with C&A on the principles of a compensation process,” said Ineke Zeldenrust from rights group Clean Clothes Campaign. Dutch retail giant C&A used to source garment items from Tazreen Fashions.

“The system will be the same as that followed for the Rana Plaza victims. It covers compensation for loss of income, provision of independent medical assessments and ongoing treatment,” Zeldenrust said.
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* C&A Foundation keen to contribute more for Tazreen victims:

The C&A has agreed to provide more funds to compensate the victims of Tazreen Fashion

In addition to its prior commitment, the C&A Foundation has expressed its willingness to contribute more fund to compensate to the Tazreen victims fairly and fully.

C&A, an international Dutch chain of fashion retail clothing stores, with its European head offices in Vilvoorde, Belgium, and Düsseldorf, Germany, has retail stores in many European and Latin-American countries.

After two years of Tazreen Fashion fire incident, an agreement has been reached between IndustriALL Global Union and their local affiliates, the Clean Clothes Campaign (CCC) and C&A Foundation on a system for delivering compensation to the victims of the tragedy, said CCC in a statement yesterday.
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* Early review of current damages law called for:

After the Tazreen fire of November 24, 2012, the government adopted the national action plan with a promise to set a national standard of compensation for workers in case of death and injury from workplace accident based on the relevant ILO conventions and taking into account local environment.

The government even pledged to complete the job by December 31, 2013. Regrettably, however, as New Age reported on Monday, there has so far been little progress in this regard. Besides, as the labour secretary said, it was impossible for them to complete the task in near future as they were busy meeting ‘many other important conditions like workers safety and factory compliance’.

Under the existing law, a worker in the case of death from industrial accident is entitled to compensation of Tk 1 lakh only, an amount that is not only paltry, particularly compared with the loss of earnings that victims could make in their life time until retirement or losing ability to work, but also a mockery of the promise that the government and owners made on almost every occasion of industrial disaster to stand by the victims’ families.

Against the backdrop, various labour rights groups have for long been demanding the national standard of compensation for workers and their families affected by workplace disasters after the review of the current legal provisions over the issue.
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* Punishment of owner demanded:

Leaders of different apparel worker organisations on Monday reiterated their demand for exemplary punishment of Tazreen Fashions owner Delwar Hossain.

They blamed him for the deaths of 114 workers of the factory in a fire and demanded adequate compensations for the families of the victims.

They made the demand in a programme at Jurain Graveyard in the capital to mark the second anniversary of the deadly fire at Nischintapur in Savar in 2012 which also left several hundred workers injured.
Garments Sramik Sangram Parishad leader Mahbubur Rahman Ismail demanded immediate arrest of Tazreen owner Delwar Hossain by cancelling his bail.
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* Tazreen fire: They still suffer, unnoticed:

They only received primary treatment, and left in the sea since then, even though they were supposed to get necessary treatment at free of cost

When the devastating fire broke out and spread quickly, they found the exit door locked – due to negligence of the factory officials. But desperateness to remain alive was so high among them that they did not hesitate to jump off the building’s windows.

Hence, they escaped death – from suffocation inside the readymade garment factory building – at the cost of different organs including eyes, hands and legs, and a trauma that haunts them until date.

Over 200 workers, mostly women, sustained injuries in the fire at Tazreen Fashions under Tuba Group at Nishchintapur of Ashulia on November 24, 2012 when at least 111 were killed – the deadliest factory fire incident in the country.

They only received primary treatment, and left in the sea since then, even though they were supposed to get necessary treatment at free of cost.

In the meantime, because of not getting any compensation from the government or the garment owners’ association BGMEA, their sufferings have doubled.
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* This Is Black Friday in Bangladesh:

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Relatives of victims of the Tazreen factory fire demonstrate on its second anniversary, November 24, 2014. The second sign reads, “Sumaya Khatun, a victim of Tazreen Fashions fire—where is compensation?” (AP Photo/A.M. Ahad)

Walmart marks the holiday season this Friday with deals on its Faded Glory women’s sweaters. But this time of year marks a different occasion in another corner of Walmart’s empire: In Bangladesh, survivors and families remember the second anniversary of a massive fire at the Tazreen factory on the outskirts of Dhaka.

After the fire on November 24, 2012, as families mourned over the incinerated bodies in the factory ruins, activists dug up some damning shreds of evidence: they uncovered a Faded Glory label, proving that the workers had produced Walmart-branded clothes.

Today, two years on, Walmart seems eager to put the horrific legacy of Tazreen behind it. But the victims, including 112 dead and many others left injured and impoverished, can’t move on.

The disaster left Maliha partially blind, with severe leg and head injuries, leading her husband to abandon her “to avoid taking care of me.” She recounted in a 2013 report by the Clean Clothes Campaign and International Labor Rights Forum (ILRF), “The money I used to earn at Tazreen helped me support my ill mother in the village. Now, I wonder everyday how to survive and feed my children who are so young.”

Some of the world’s largest corporations should have an answer for her, but on Tazreen’s second anniversary, labor and human rights groups have reminded the many multinationals linked to the factory that they have yet to take responsibility. A coalition led by the Clean Clothes Campaign and other labor groups declared, “Walmart still hasn’t paid any compensation to the victims nor has it engaged worker organizations to find a solution.”
In addition, the workers at the “death trap” factory had “also produced clothing for Delta Apparel, Dickies, Disney, Edinburgh Woollen Mill, El Corte Ingles, Sean John Apparel, Kik, Piazza Italia, and Sears.
None of these companies have paid a cent towards compensation.”
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20131120
* Tazreen Factory Fire: A Year Later, Survivors Feel Forgotten

20131122
* One year after Tazreen fire, the fight for justice continues
* Less than 200 euros compensation for Kalpona
* Tazreen one year on – factsheet
* Tazreen one year on – brand positions
* IndustriALL marks one year since Tazreen fire

20131123
* Tazreen fire victims still cry for justice
* First Anniversary Of Tazreen Fashions Fire :Victims demand compensation
* US retailers decline to aid Tazreen, Rana Plaza victims

20131124
* Tazreen fire anniversary today
* One year on, compensation still eludes Tazreen victims
* Losses immeasurable for victims, not for owner
* Compensation not enough
* No move yet to identify more Tazreen fire victims
* Stories of survivors and their families
* Tazreen Survivor, Morsheda: We Poor Have Lost Everything
* Abdul: I Could Not Find My Wife’s Body
* Tazreen Survivor, Anjuma: Days Pass by without Food
* Tazreen Survivor, Anjuara: Too Injured to Hold Her Child
* Aferza, Tazreen Survivor: I Starve with My Kids
* Life still a fight for many traumatised survivors
* Compensation still an empty hope
* Tazreen owner still scot-free
* Punish culprits responsible for Tazreen fire: Speakers
* Victim families want compensation, safe work place
* Bangladesh police to charge factory owner over deadly fire
* HC: Compensate Tazreen victims by 15 days
* Tazreen victims stare at uncertain future
* TK 5 lakh compensation demanded for each Tazrin fire victim
* Tazreen victims slam govt, owner for delay in compensation
* One Year Passes Since The Tazreen Factory Fire In Bangladesh …
* Garments Sramik Federation organized a human chain
* On 24th of every month, they mourn

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* One-year anniversary – injured workers and family members of dead workers of Tazreen form human chain

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* Bangladesh Factory Fires: Why Brands Are Accountable and Should Compensate Victims Now

20131216
* Companies fail to compensate Bangladesh fire victims: HRW
* HRW spurs int’l brands to compensate Tazreen victims
* Companies Fail to Compensate Fire Victims

20131217
* This Girl Walked Through Fire So We Can Get Jeans for $9

20131219
* Kalpona’s waits – A tale from Tazreen

20131222
* Charge sheet pressed against 13 in Tazreen fire

20131223
* Tazreen owner Delwar finally charged
* 13 sued year after Tazreen tragedy
* Justice for Tazreen a boon for RMG
* Bangladesh factory owner to plead innocent in deadly blaze case

20131224
* Charges against Tazreen owners: a long-awaited beginning

20131227
* Arrest Tazreen MD within a week: NGWF

20131231
* Arrest warrants against Tazreen owner, 5 others
* Arrest warrant issued against Tazreen Fashions Chair, MD
* Court accepts homicide charges against 13
* Court orders arrest of Delwar, 5 others

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* Tazreen owner Delwar yet to be arrested

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* Arrest of Tazreen owner demanded

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* Tazreen fire: New compensation scheme proposed

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* Ensure speedy compensation for victims

20140209
* Tazreen MD, Chairman sent to jail on surrender
* Tazreen owner, wife sent to jail
* Bangladesh Garment Factory Owners Surrender Over Deadly Fire

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* Tazreen MD, his wife sent to jail on surrender
* Delwar, wife land in jail after surrender
* Owners land in jail, finally
* Tazreen Owners Surrender
* Tazreen boss Delwar Hossain finally lands in jail
* Tazreen owner, wife’s bail verdict at noon
* Court rejects bail of Tazreen owner, grants to wife

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* Yet another positive turn in Tazreen tale
* Tazreen MD denied bail, chair granted
* Owner Delwar denied bail
* HC orders government to compensate Tazreen victims

20140212
* Tazreen chairman’s bail challenged
* Cancellation of bail to Tazreen chair sought

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* Tazreen owner’s punishment demanded

20140219
* Bangladesh fire victims await compensation

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* Bail cancellation hearing of Tazreen MD’s wife on March 5

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* Tazreen MD’s bail plea hearing on March 13

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* Tazreen chairman’s bail cancellation order on March 20
* Tazreen MD denied bail again

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* Delwar denied bail again
* Tazreen owner Delwar’s bail rejected

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* Tazreen chairman’s bail cancelled
* Court cancels bail of Tazreen Fashions chairman
* Magistrate warned of action for ‘incomplete’ order on Tazreen chairman’s bail

20140321
* Magistrate asked to explain action
* Ad-interim bail to Tazreen’s chair rejected

20140322
* Tazreen fire victim Sumaya dies

20140323
* No more apathy to apparel factory disaster survivors

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* Families of Rana Plaza and Tazreen Fashions victims continue to call for compensation

20140402
* HC rejects Tazreen owner’s bail

20140403
* Tazrin chairman sent to jail

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* Families of affected workers hold rally

20140410
* Tazreen Fashions chairman Mahmuda Akhter Mita secures bail

20140411
* Tazreen Fashions chairman Mahmuda Akhter granted bail

20140412
* Compensations for all victims demanded
* Proper compensation for Rana Plaza victims demanded
* ‘Compensate Rana Plaza victims by Apr 24’

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* RANA PLAZA, TAZREEN TRAGEDIES: Punishment demanded for those responsible

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* DNA sampling not enough

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* Over 200 workers missing in 9yrs

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* Fatal diseases wearing down Tazreen victims

20140722
* Families of Tazreen fire victims demand compensation before Eid
* 26 Tazreen victim families yet to be compensated

20140801
* Owner of Tazreen Gets Bail – Delwar Hossain Roams Free Again
* Delwar granted bail by HC

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* Labour leaders oppose Delwar’s bail, ministers at BGMEA to discuss way out
* Govt to appeal against Delwar’s bail

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* Govt to appeal HC order
* Government to challenge Delowar’s bail

20140805
* Eminent citizens: Prosecute Delowar for holding 1,600 workers hostage
* Tuba owner Delwar released on bail

20140807
* AG office yet to get copy of order on Delwar’s bail
* Delwar’s bail betrays pro-rich bias of state, political elite
* Delowar’s counsel allegedly suppressed info in bail petition
* Tuba owner Delowar’s freedom was not necessary to pay workers

20140811
* AG office now seeks copy of order on Delwar’s bail

20140813-14
* Tazreen victim Amena loses the fight
* Another Tazreen factory fire victim dies
* Another Tazreen Victim Dies – Amena Begum is no more

20140817
* Compensation still eludes many Tazreen, Rana Plaza victims

20140907
* Delay in execution reports stalls Tazreen trial

20140925
* Delwar’s bail extended by 6 months
* Tuba Group and Tazreen Owner Gets Extension of Bail

20141121
* Two Years after Fatal Tazreen Fire, Life Worse for Survivors

20141124
* Agreement on Tazreen compensation announced
* Tazreen survivors stare blankly at future
* Fire ravaged their lives
* After Tazreen fire, companies evade compensation: HRW
* Financial support still elusive for many Tazreen fire survivors
* Legal entitlement to compensation not ensured despite govt pledge
* No more delay in justice for Tazreen fire victims
* RMG workers demand Tazreen owner Delwar’s arrest
* Punish Tazreen owner, say labour leaders

20141125
* Tazreen two years on
* Safety standards improve
* Garment workers’ rights activists and family members of Tazreen fire victims
* Tazreen fire victims demand compensation
* Tazreen victims to get compensation
* C&A Foundation keen to contribute more for Tazreen victims
* Early review of current damages law called for
* Punishment of owner demanded
* Tazreen fire: They still suffer, unnoticed

20141126
* This Is Black Friday in Bangladesh

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I wonder who they are
The men who really run this land
And I wonder why they run it
With such a thoughtless hand

What are their names
And on what streets do they live
I'd like to ride right over
This afternoon and give
Them a piece of my mind
About peace for mankind
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The people who are buying these clothes
I'd like to know what they've paid for it
How much the makers have paid for this
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