24 April 2013 THE RANA PLAZA BUILDING COLLAPSE Part 5 20140502- 20150319

* 24 April 2013 THE RANA PLAZA BUILDING COLLAPSE Part 1 20130424 – 20130523

* 24 April 2013 THE RANA PLAZA BUILDING COLLAPSE Part 2 20130524 – 20131109

* 24 April 2013 THE RANA PLAZA BUILDING COLLAPSE Part 3 20131109- 20140313

* 24 April 2013 THE RANA PLAZA BUILDING COLLAPSE Part 4 20140314- 20140428

PART 5:

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* Hasina re-calls Rana Plaza victims:

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has commemorated all the deceased workers in worldwide including the victims of Rana Plaza tragedy and paid her deep sympathy to the bereaved families.    

The premier was addressing a discussion at Osmani Auditorium as chief guest on the occasion of historic May Day on Thursday morning.
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* PM’s relief fund to merge with Rana Plaza package:

Rana Plaza victims will receive compensation from retailers minus the amount they got from the prime minister’s relief fund, Labour Secretary Mikail Shipar said yesterday.

For instance, as per ILO convention 121, a dead worker’s family was supposed to receive Tk 29 lakh as compensation. So, if they have already received Tk 10 lakh from the prime minister’s fund, they can expect to be given another Tk 19 lakh from the Rana Plaza Trust Fund.
“The victims thought they will receive money both from the prime minister’s fund and the Rana Plaza Trust fund, but that will not be the case. The two will supplement one another,” Shipar told The Daily Star.

A total of Tk 22.13 crore has been disbursed to the victims from the relief fund, according to data from the prime minister’s office.
So far, a total of $25 million has been collected in the ILO-managed trust fund against the required amount of $40 million to adequately compensate the Rana Plaza victims, according to Roy Ramesh Chandra, secretary of IndustriALL Bangladesh Council, the local chapter of IndustriALL Global Union that initiated the trust fund.
“Retailers have started contributing to the fund, and we have started giving out compensation from it.”
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* Rana’s associate remanded in murder case:

A Dhaka court yesterday placed Abu Bakkar Siddique, a key associate of Rana Plaza owner Sohel Rana, on a two-day remand in a murder case filed in connection with the collapse of the faulty building in Savar on April 24 last year.

Senior Judicial Magistrate Sheuly Akhter passed the order after the investigation officer of the case, CID’s Assistant Superintendent Bijoy Krishna Khar, produced the accused before the court and sought five-day remand. Police arrested the accused from Savar Bazar area on secret information on Monday.

In the remand prayer, the IO said Siddique had been present at the Rana Plaza and forced the garment workers to work. The murder case was filed on April 25 last year, a day after the building had collapsed, with the Savar police station. At least 1,136 people mostly female workers died and over 2,500 others injured in the incident.
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* First job for new Benetton CEO – Pay Up! :

As Marco Airoldi takes the helm of Italian clothing brand Benetton, his first job must be to pay into the Rana Plaza Donor Trust Fund.
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Today in Treviso, home of the Benetton Group, Marco Airoldi will be confirmed the Benetton Group’s new CEO – a role that will see him lead one of Italy’s biggest companies and one of the world’s major clothing brands through a time of change.

But before the group can look to the future they must act to remedy the past. After a year of mixed messages from Benetton regarding their commitment to ensuring compensation for all survivors and the victim’s families, Mr. Airoldi must set the record straight.

As Mr. Airoldi begins his tenure Clean Clothes Campaign lays out the facts regarding Benetton and Rana Plaza and demand he make his first job paying into the Donor Trust Fund.

The facts
What they say
: In September 2013, Benetton stated that they were committed to “playing a role in finding an industry-wide, multi- stakeholder approach to [compensation] – much like the Accord did for fire and safety”

The facts:
* Since December 2013, a
multi-stakeholder approach has been in place – The Arrangement. It has the full participation of the Government of Bangladesh, employers organisations, Bangladeshi and international trade unions and NGOs and major clothing brands and has the ILO as a neutral chair.

* Despite this still Benetton refuse to contribute.
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* 500 Rana Plaza victims listed in workers’ project:

Some 500 workers, who sustained injuries in Rana Plaza building collapse, have been included in the “Promotion of Social and Environmental Standards in the Industry” project.

Planning Commission sources said a revision is being made regarding the project to develop the skill of some 1,500 workers including that of 500 Rana Plaza victims.

Infrastructure of two institutions – Centre for the Rehabilitation of the Paralyzed (CRP) and Centre for Disability in Development (CDD) – will be developed under the project.

The development will open the door to provide medical service more to the workers who will become victims of accident and assistance for their rehabilitation.
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* Adequate compensation sought for Rana Plaza victims:

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Rana Plaza Garment Workers Union on Sunday forms a human chain in Dhaka demanding compensation according to ILO Convention 121 and urging for workplace safety. — New Age photo

Politicians and garment workers’ leaders on Sunday demanded exemplary punishment of the owners of Rana Plaza and other factories the collapsed building had housed.

Addressing a human chain in the city, Communist Party of Bangladesh adviser Manzurul Ahsan Khan said the government, garment factory owners and foreign buyers should raise the amount of compensation for the Rana Plaza victims and their families.
Activists of Rana Plaza Garment Sramik Union formed the human chain in front of the National Press Club in the morning to press for adequate compensation for the victims.
More than 1,100 people, most of them, female garment workers, were killed in the Rana Plaza collapse aat Savar a year ago.
Manzurul also demanded distribution of money from the prime minister’s fund raised for the Rana Plaza victims and compensations according to the International Labour Organisation law.

The owners of garment factories contributed a negligible amount to the fund, he said.
Bangladesh Trade Union Centre vice-president Mahbub Alam said that many of the Rana Plaza victims did not get sufficient compensations after even after the passage of one year.
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* 3 cops closed on extortion charge in Khulna:

Three policemen, including a sub-inspector of Terokhada Police Station, were closed to the District Police Lines on Tuesday on charge of realising extortion from the family of a Rana Plaza victim.

Locals said Abdul Kuddus Mollah of Bhabanipur village received Tk 72,000 as compensation for the death of his sister Asma in the Rana Plaza collapse.
SI Milton of the Terokhada police along with two constables went to the house of Kuddus on May 10 and took him to a place one kilometre off the house.
Later, they beat Kuddus and demanded Tk 5 lakh as extortion, saying he received Tk 72 lakh as compensation.
They also threatened to put him in crossfire. The policemen freed Kuddus after his brother paid them Tk 19,200, according to UNB.
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* Traumatised rescuers struggle with life:

When the nine-storey Rana Plaza crumbled last year, trapping over 2,000 people under the debris, several hundred untrained civilians volunteered in the rescue mission. And their service to humanity cost them dearly–dozens got mentally scarred at the horror that unfolded for 20 days.

Many rescuers became so traumatised and physically ailed that they are yet to get back to their profession. Consequently, the loss of their source of income coupled with the expenses of lengthy treatment has left them financially broke.
“I know more than 20 rescuers who are living in inhuman conditions after failing to return to their professions due to physical ailments and trauma,” said Abdur Rahman, one of about 100 civilian rescuers who gathered at the Rana Plaza site in Savar on Wednesday to mark one of year of the end to the rescue operation.

Housing five garment factories and some other offices and a market, Rana Plaza collapsed on April 24 last year, leaving more than 1,100 killed and hundreds wounded or maimed.
A 20-day rescue operation followed under the leadership of Bangladesh Army.
Two rescuers, Md Kaykobad and Md Omor Faruque Babu, died while the rescue mission was going on.

Within half a month after the mission ended on May 14 last year, Md Rafiqul Islam, 35, a mason, was admitted to the National Institute of Mental Health in Dhaka.
“The doctor asked me to stay in the hospital for more days, but there was none to look after my family back home. So I went back,” he told The Daily Star.
“My 19-year-old eldest daughter is the only bread earner in my six-member family now.”
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* Compensation, justice sought:

Several hundred victims of Rana Plaza rallied at its collapse site in Savar of Dhaka yesterday demanding adequate compensation and justice.

Under the banner of “Rana Plaza Garments Workers Union”, they were observing the union’s first founding anniversary.
The injured and the families of the deceased have been in severe distress since the disaster, they said, adding that the persons behind the collapse must be punished.
They alleged that the government was procrastinating to try the culprits to save them.
Housing five garment factories and some other offices and a market, the nine-storey Rana Plaza collapsed on April 24 last year, killing more than 1,100 and injuring hundreds.
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* Charge-sheet after all accused held:

The submission of charge-sheet in two much-talked-about cases on Rana Plaza building collapse would not be possible till all accused of the case are taken to custody, said the official concerned.

“The investigation is at last phase, some 22 accused in the cease have been arrested and efforts are on to nab the other accused,” said Criminal Investigation Department (CID) assistant commissioner Krisna Kar, also the investigation officer (IO) of the cases.

Krisna said, “Drives are being carried out time to time, but submission of charge-sheets is being delayed as all accused have not been arrested yet.”
Wednesday was the day to submit the charge-sheets in the cases.

When asked on the charge sheet may be submitted showing the accused fugitive, the CID officer said, “It can be done, but there is no alternative except arresting the accused for immediate disposal of the cases.”
“More time requires for a case disposal if charge-sheet is submitted showing the accused fugitive,” added Krisna.
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* DNA sampling not enough:

Identifying Rana Plaza, Tazreen dead

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:

STUDY ON RMG FACTORY ACCIDENTS

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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* Victim families continue to demand justice:

Family members of the victims in Rana Plaza building collapse yesterday held a rally at the site in Savar on the outskirts of the capital, demanding proper compensation and justice.

At the rally under the banner of “Bangladesh Garment Workers Solidarity”, they said they had been leading a very inhuman life after losing their only earning members, but were yet to be compensated.
Taslima Akter, coordinator of the organisation, said though DNA profiles of Liza, Samapti, Sahedul, Zahangir and some others had matched with their respective family members, the families were yet to identify the graves of their dear ones.
Terming the building collapse a planned killing, she demanded punishment for the people responsible for the incident.
Survivors of the worst-ever industrial disaster also spoke.
Multi-storey Rana Plaza building, which housed five garment factories, caved in on April 24, 2013, leaving over 1,100 workers dead and several hundred injured.
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* Apparel labour groups mark 13 months of Rana Plaza disaster:

Apparel labour leaders at separate programmes on Saturday called on the Awami League-led government to take steps for adequate compensations for Rana Plaza victims.

Labour rights groups held the programmes at Savar and in the capital marking 13 months of the Rana Plaza disaster in which more than 1,100 people, mostly apparel workers, were killed as the eight-storey building collapsed.
Bangladesh Garment Sramik Sanghati held a rally in front of the Rana Plaza at Savar bus stand where the organsation’s convener Taslima Akhter and leaders Dipak Roy, Mehedi Hasan and others spoke.
A procession followed the rally.

National Garment Workers Federation leaders, in another incident, formed a human chain in front of the National Press Club at 11:00am demanding adequate compensations for the Rana Plaza victims.
The organisation’s president Amirul Haque Amin presided over the programme. Apparel labour leaders Quamrul Ahsan, Salauddin Shawpan and Nurun Nahar also spoke..
A procession followed the human chain.
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* Compensation disbursement getting delayed:

The process of disbursing compensation to the Rana Plaza victims has slowed mainly due to non-cooperation by retailers and brands, said a senior official of IndustriALL Bangladesh Council.

The International Labour Organisation gave away $1.8 million among 2,929 workers or their families on April 22, on the eve of the first anniversary of the tragedy, from its trust fund.
But, later no new brands deposited money to the Rana Plaza Trust Fund, which has collected $17 million so far against a target of $40 million, according to Roy Ramesh, general secretary to the IndustriALL Bangladesh Council.
Though 29 retailers had promised to contribute to the fund, only nine showed up so far, he said.
IndustriALL Global Union, a federation of global trade unions, initiated the compensation package last year involving the ILO.
“We could not disburse money to around 130 victims due to problems in their documents. They will be compensated after verification,” Ramesh said.

Of the total 3,639 victims, British retailer Primark gave compensation to 580 workers of New Wave Bottoms Ltd, a factory on the second floor of the ill-fated building from where the retailer used to source garment items.
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* Slow compensation process outshines good things: Dutch Minister:

The slow progress in disbursing compensation to Rana Plaza victims due to fund shortage ‘overshadows’ all the ‘good things’ happening in Bangladesh’s readymade garment industry, says a visiting Dutch Minister here on Tuesday.

“In the coming weeks we’ll make an analysis on what situation exactly is…so, you’ll see some actions in coming weeks or months,” Dutch Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation Lilianne Ploumen told reporters at a press conference.

She said they would interact with stakeholders and meet her European Union (EU) colleagues to see what they can do jointly to reach out to the companies that have not or sufficiently pledged fund and encourage them to do so.
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* Human bones, skull found in Rana Plaza site:

Police on Friday recovered some human bones and a skull from the site of Rana Plaza at Savar, on the outskirts of the capital.

Some street urchins found the human remains while playing at the site at about 11:30am.
Later, local people took the human remains from them and informed police.
On information, police rushed in and took the bones and the skull to the police station.
Human bones had been recovered from the collapse site earlier too.
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* Auchan faces probe over Bangladesh garment factory collapse:

French prosecutors said Wednesday they have opened a preliminary probe into supermarket giant Auchan over complaints it misled consumers over social conditions at its clothes manufacturers in the wake of last year’s deadly Bangladesh factory disaster.

The prosecutor’s office in the northern city of Lille confirmed that following a complaint by three lobby groups, it had opened a preliminary probe over misleading advertising in the context of the disaster which killed over 1,000 people.

Auchan says it had never placed any orders at the Rana Plaza garment factory which collapsed on April 24 last year after a catastrophic structural failure.

But three lobby groups last month accused Auchan in a complaint of misleading customers about working conditions overseas and claim that an investigation found labels from the chain’s “In Extenso” range in the rubble.

Sherpa, a non profit organisation for the “victims of economic crimes.” Peuples Solidaires (People’s Solidarity), and the Ethique sur l’etiquette (Ethics on Labels) collective, claim a number of witnesses, including some in Bangladesh, are available to provide evidence.
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* Justice for Rana Plaza survivors:

Pay full and fair compensation to the 2,500 workers injured in the Rana Plaza building collapse and to the families of the 1,138 deceased. In order to prevent future deaths in your Bangladesh supply chain, join 175+ companies in the legally-binding Accord on Fire and Building Safety.

Why is this important?

My name is Aklima Khanam. I’m 20 years old. I started working in a garment factory when I was 14 years old. My dad was ill and couldn’t work and my mom had to take care of my four siblings.

I started working at New Wave Style at Rana Plaza on January 3, 2013. We made clothes for Walmart and Children’s Place. Managers would say “This is for Walmart, you need to make it beautiful.”
If I spent too long in the bathroom, they would pull my hair, kick me off the stool, call me “whore” or say “your parents are children of pigs” or many other kinds of abusive language.
They would give me a ton of work and if there was one or two mistakes, they would do this. All I made was about $125 a month.
My normal workday was from 8am to midnight. Sometimes they kept us there til 2am or 3am. I worked 7 days a week. The whole time January 3rd to April 24th, I was never given a single day off.
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* Walmart: Pay Up to Families of Workers Killed at Rana Plaza:

Video message from Kalpona Akter to Walmart.

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* Walmart: End Deathtraps and Pay Compensation to Victims:

sign our petition and learn
how to take action at a walmart store:
“Do your part to end preventable murders of garment workers by signing the legally-binding Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh. Pay full and fair compensation to the victims of the Tazreen fire and the Rana Plaza building collapse.”
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* Rana Plaza victims want compensation:

Crude bomb goes off near their human chain in Savar

The victims of Rana Plaza formed a human chain at the collapse site in Savar, on the outskirts of the capital, yesterday morning to press home their six-point demand, including compensation for them according to the ILO convention.

Meanwhile, half-an-hour after the programme started an unidentified boy, aged around 13, exploded a crude bomb around 200 yards away from the programme venue and, later, fled the scene, said a witness.
Mostafa Kamal, officer-in-charge of Savar Model Police Station, said the reason behind the explosion could not be ascertained immediately.
However, the participants continued their human chain and placed the demands, including workplace security at all the readymade garment factories, a stop to termination of RMG workers and full implementation of the newly introduced wage board.
Under the banner of “Rana Plaza Garment Workers Trade Union Kendra”, the speakers alleged that neither the government nor the BGMEA was taking heed of their compensation.
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* Rana Plaza victims block highway for compensation:

The organisation also formed a human chain at the Rana Plaza collapse site, where they made their demands

 

Garments Workers’ Trade Union staged a demonstration in Savar yesterday to press home their six-point demands to ensure the safety of garment workers at workplaces and the implementation of International Labour Law Convention.

The organisation also formed a human chain at the Rana Plaza collapse site, where they made their demands.
Later, the workers of readymade garments factories put up a barricade on the Dhaka-Aricha Highway.

Apart from the organisation’s leaders and activists, relatives and family members of the Rana Plaza collapse victims took part in the agitation programme.
Speakers at the human chain said although it has been over one year since the Rana Plaza collapse, victims of the incident have yet to receive the compensation which they deserved to get.

A worker said they had only received assurances of compensation, but have not been compensated in more than a year since the tragedy.
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* Rana plaza victim claims rape:

A victim, who had survived the deadliest factory disaster of Rana Plaza collapse, has allegedly been raped in Savar bank town area on Thursday.

Police has arrested the rapist Shahabuddin and sent him to the court in this connection.
The victim was sent to One Stop Crisis Center of Dhaka Medical College for medical examination on Sunday.

The girl worked at New Wave Bottom Factory of Rana Plaza.
Savar model police station Officer-in-Charge (Investigation) Dipak Kumar Shah said: “Shahabuddin called the girl over by phone on June 5 saying that he would provide financial assistance to the victims of Rana Plaza. The girl went to Savar bank town area around 4pm where she was raped by Shahabuddin.”

He said: “Hearing her hue and cry, locals rescued the girl and informed the police.”
Victim’s mother has filed a case in this regard, said the OC.
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* 13 Months After Rana Plaza:

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Amirul Haque Amin and protesters in Bangladesh call for compensation for victims of Rana Plaza

The 24th of May 2014 marked 13 months since the tragic Rana Plaza building collapse, which killed 1138 garment workers in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

News of the disaster, which was the largest industrial accident in recent history, spread quickly around the world.
Many consumers were shocked that the workers were making clothes destined for the European and US high street market. Despite the scale of this accident, widespread press coverage and a global campaign, many of the brands that were sourcing garments from Rana Plaza have not paid compensation to the victims and their families.

Many families and injured survivors are still uncompensated and in dire circumstances.

To mark the 13 month anniversary of the collapse, families of victims together with injured workers and survivors gathered to protest the lack of proper compensation. Since the collapse, the National Garment Workers Federation (NGWF) has been supporting families and victims in their struggle for compensation and accountability. NGWF joined the protesters on the 24th of May to form a human chain outside the National Press Club in Dhaka, demanding immediate action from those involved in the accident.
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* ACC nods Rana Plaza case sans Rana:

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) gave approval to file lawsuits against 17 people except Sohel Rana, owner of Rana Plaza, for not following the building codes while constructing Rana Plaza.

Parents of Rana also are included in the accused list.
The approval came from a regular meeting of ACC at the commission on Thursday afternoon.
Deputy Director (Public Relations) of ACC Rajab Kumar Bhattacharya confirmed the matter to banglanews.

ACC sources said no cases would be filed against Sohel Rana as his name was not found on any documents related to the construction of Rana plaza.
On April 24, 2013, over 1,130 people died as the 8-storey Rana Plaza collapsed.
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* ACC needs to dig deeper into Rana Plaza case:

The approval by the Anti-Corruption Commission of the case to be filed this week with the Savar police against 17 people over their alleged involvement in irregularities in the construction of Rana Plaza that collapsed on April 24, 2013 leaving at least 1,138 dead and two thousand more injured, mostly permanently, has raised questions.

It has done so because, according to a New Age report on Friday, the 17 people accused do not include Sohel Rana, one of the key suspects in the incident although his parents, the architect of the building, the local municipal mayor and some other officials, and the owners of the apparel factories housed in the building were included.

It is widely known that Sohel Rana was a local leader of the youth front of the ruling Awami League. Moreover, he was well connected to the then local lawmaker, also belonging to the ruling party.
And it was his political influence that largely gave indulgence to local municipality authorities in giving permission for the illegal extension of the building to 01 stories. More importantly, everything — having the architect design the building, the approval of the building’s plan and the construction of the building — was reportedly done under his direct supervision.
The management of the building also reportedly lay with him.
Without the political clout Rana enjoyed, it was hardly possible for one to use the building designed as a shopping mall for industrial purposes, something that, according to experts, significantly contributed to the collapse of the building.
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* ACC sues 17 for Rana Plaza construction irregularity:

ACC deputy director SM Mofidul Islam files the case

The Anti-Corruption Commission has filed a case against 17 people including parents of Sohel Rana for their alleged involvement with construction irregularities in building the nine-storey Rana Plaza that collapsed on April 24 last year.

ACC deputy director SM Mofidul Islam filed the case with Savar police station on Sunday afternoon.

The ACC, however, did not included the name of Sohel Rana with the case as the building was owned by his father and the name of Sohel Rana was not found in any of the documented evidences, an ACC official said.

The accused in the case include Savar municipality mayor Refayet Ullah, Rana’s father Abdul Khalek and mother Morjina Begum, the architect of the building and associate professor of the architecture discipline department of Khulna University ATM Masud Reza, Savar municipality ward 7 councilor Mohammad Ali Khan, and three garment unit owners – Phantom Apparels Ltd Chairman Mohammad Aminul Islam, New Wave Bottom Limited Managing Director Bazlus Samad and Ether Tex Limited Chairman Azizur Rahman.
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* Case lodged over Bangladesh building collapse:

Anti-graft commission accuses 17 people of violations over the 2013 garment factory collapse that killed 1,130 people.

Bangladesh’s Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has filed a case with local police accusing 17 people of breaching regulations over the construction of a building that collapsed last year, killing nearly 1,130 mostly garment workers, officials have said.

The April 2013 collapse of Rana Plaza, built on swampy ground outside Dhaka, ranks among the world’s worst industrial accidents and sparked a global outcry for improved safety standards in the world’s second-largest exporter of ready-made garments.

“Our investigation found, they grossly breached the building code,” commission spokesman Pranab Kumar Bhattachajee said on Sunday.

The accused include the parents of Mohammad Sohel Rana – the individual previously cited as the owner of Rana Plaza – as well as a local mayor, engineers and three owners of garment factories that used the building, the ACC officials said.
They do not include Rana himself, who was arrested after a four-day hunt shortly after the building collapsed, apparently trying to flee across the border to India.
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* Rana not prosecuted as he’s not owner of Rana Plaza on paper:

Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) has not prosecuted Sohel Rana, the owner of ‘Rana Plaza’, in the case filed by the graft watchdog over irregularities in construction of the infamous multi-storey building that collapsed at Savar killing more than 1100 people last year.

Sources at the ACC said, SM Mafidul Islam, Deputy Director of the commission, filed a case with Savar Model Police Station on Sunday afternoon. When contacted, the Officer-in-Charge of Savar Model Police Station said Rana had been exonerated as his name did not figure in any of the property documents.

In the case, 17 persons, including Rana’s late mother, have been made accused. Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) of Savar Shafiqul Islam said the ACC will investigate the case. ACC decided to probe Rana’s assets four days after the building had collapsed on April 24, 2013.
The investigation revealed that Rana had been doing his financial transactions through 23 accounts that he had in different banks. RAB arrested Rana from Benapole 4 days into the 9-storey Rana Plaza disaster, according to a news agency.
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* Rana to be named in case: ACC:

Sohel Rana, son of Rana Plaza owners, will be included in the charge sheet as one of the main accused in a case filed by the Anti-Corruption Commission, for his alleged involvement in tampering with the construction of the collapsed building.

The commission investigation found two witnesses who confirmed that Rana actually controlled the construction of the building while his parents were nominal owners of the building, an ACC director told New Age on Sunday.
He said the commission also asked the investigator to submit the charge sheet to the commission, within this week, after including Rana’s name.

The ACC on June 15 filed a case against 17 people in total, including Rana Plaza owners Abdul Khalek and Morjina Begum, parents of Sohel Rana, and Savar municipality mayor Refayet Ullah, with Savar model police station.
At the time, the ACC said it would include Rana’s name in the charge sheet if witnesses confirmed his involvement with the construction.
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* Compensating the victims of Rana Plaza – what role for the OECD?:

Ahead of the OECD Global Forum on Responsible Business Conduct that is being held on June 26 – 27 in Paris, OECD Watch and TUAC are holding a side event looking at the role of the OECD and national contact points in compensating Rana Plaza victims.

OECD Watch and the Trade Union Advisory Committee to the OECD (TUAC) have just released a new publication that outlines what the OECD and national contact points need to do in order to ensure the much needed USD40 million is raised for the victims and survivors of the Rana Plaza building collapse.

Ineke Zeldenrust from Clean Clothes Campaign will be joined on the panel by Dan Rees from the International Labour Organisation and Ben Vanpeperstraete from UNI Global Union.

The new publication calls on states through the national contact points (NCPs) to provide access to effective remedy.
TUAC and OECD Watch want the NCPs to make a collective commitment in their Statement  ‘One Year After Rana Plaza”, in line with their responsibilities under the proactive agenda, to work with brands linked to Rana Plaza, as well as brands with significant ties to Bangladesh, to resolve the funding crisis.  In addition they want NCPs to:
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* UK government tells retailers to pay up in Rana Plaza compensation battle:

International development minister says he is writing to companies who have not yet contributed

The government is weighing into the battle for compensation for victims of last year’s Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh with a letter warning British retailers including Matalan to pay up.

The cut-price clothing chain, based in Skelmersdale, Lancashire, has admitted that its clothes had been produced on the second floor of the factory building, where over 1,100 people died, but has refused to pay into a compensation fund backed by the International Labour Organisation.

The company says it was not using Rana Plaza when the building collapsed and has insisted that it has already helped victims with a donation to a charity support programme to mothers involved in the disaster.
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* OECD meets in Paris with Rana Plaza on the agenda:

Over a year after the collapse of Rana Plaza the compensation fund remains woefully underfunded.

Today sees the start of a two day high level international meeting of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in Paris that will discuss efforts to build more responsible supply chains.

Ahead of the meeting of Ministers from across the world UK Minister for International Development, Alan Duncan MP, has written personally to a number of UK based brands who were associated with Rana Plaza calling on them to make significant contributions to the ILO backed Rana Plaza Donor Trust Fund.

In an interview in today’s Guardian, Mr Duncan says “”We have to raise the pressure over a year after the event to make sure a complete compensation package is assembled.”  He added that retailers could not claim that they weren’t aware of where their clothes were produced because production had been sub-contracted by their suppliers.”
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* Governments call on brands to pay up:

Clean Clothes Campaign welcomes leadership shown by governments in strongly urging clothing brands to pay into the Rana Plaza Donor Trust Fund.

The following statement is in response to the final statement on compensation Rana Plaza victims that you can read here.

Clean Clothes Campaign welcomes today’s statement from the governments of the Netherlands, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Denmark, Italy and Spain calling on companies to immediately “donate generously to the [Rana Plaza Donor] Trust Fund.”

These governments have taken political responsibility where companies have failed to act, which is a significant step in getting compensation for all victims” says Ineke Zeldenrust, of Clean Clothes Campaign, “it is not acceptable that 428 days since the collapse of Rana Plaza the Donor Trust Fund is still lacking US$23 million.  Brands can no longer look for excuses, they must pay up.”

The statement is released as Ministers from around the world meet in Paris, alongside the International Labour Organisation (ILO), and representatives of trade unions and NGOs, at the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Global Forum on Responsible Business Conduct.

The ILO and UNI Global Union, alongside Clean Clothes Campaign, have expressed deep concern that the fund is still running short of the much needed funds, and whilst the Forum looks at ways to improve responsible business in the future the governmental statement highlights the fact that “the lack of compensation for the victims weaken[s] the improvements realized up to now in Bangladesh.”
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The combined profits of the 29 brands that have been directly linked to Rana Plaza is well in excess of US$22 billion a year,” adds Ms. Zeldenrust, “they are being asked to contribute less that 0.2% of these profits to go some way towards compensating the people their profits are built on.”
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* CID asked to submit Rana Plaza probe Aug 13:

A Dhaka court has ordered the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) to submit the probe report on Rana Plaza collapse on August 13.

Dhaka Senior Judicial Magistrate Washim Sheikh passed the order as the CID failed to submit the report on Monday morning.

Earlier, the court had fixed June 30 for submitting the report. But, Investigation Officer Bijoy Krishna Kar, an assistant superintendent of police of CID, failed to meet the deadline.

Two cases were filed with Savar police station following the collapse of Rana Plaza.

Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha (Rajuk) filed a case against the building owner for the structural fault found at the building and constructing the structure using substandard materials and violating building code.
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* Seven European countries urge retailers to contribute to Rana Plaza fund:

The governments of seven European countries have asked retailers to immediately put in their contributions to the Rana Plaza Trust Fund as the victims are yet to receive adequate compensation more than one year after the deadly industrial disaster.

The message came in a joint statement from the governments of the Netherlands, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Denmark, Italy and Spain, read out by Liliane Ploumen, Dutch minister for foreign trade and development cooperation, at a meeting of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development in Paris last week.
“We recommend that companies that sourced in Rana Plaza contribute to the established trust fund… immediately, and we invite all companies irrespective of whether they have any sourcing links to Rana Plaza to also contribute,” she told the OECD Global Forum on Responsible Business Conduct on June 26.
“Finally, we also urge the government of Bangladesh and the BGMEA to increase their contribution and ensure their public accountability.”

The trust fund needs  $40 million to fully compensate the victims, but has only received $17 million so far, nearly half of which has been given by one company alone, British retailer Primark, the statement said.
Of the $17 million, $4 million has already been disbursed to the victims, according to Roy Ramesh Chandra, secretary general of IndustriALL Bangladesh Council, the local chapter of IndustriALL, the global union federation which was instrumental in drafting in the trust fund.
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* OECD ministers urge clothing chains to contribute to Rana Plaza trust fund:

OECD ministers have called upon international textile firms to contribute to the compensation fund for victims of the Rana Plaza factory disaster in Bangladesh.

They also pledged to be engage with clothing chains in their own countries and urge them to contribute to the fund, said a statement adopted in Paris and signed by ministers from a number of major European countries.

The joint statement by the ministers of Foreign Trade of Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom was posted on the website of the government of the Netherlands on Monday.
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* Rana Plaza victim fighting cancer:

But their dream of living a decent life was shattered on April 24, 2013 when the Rana Plaza collapsed

 

Once the eleven-year-old garment worker Anna managed to escape death from the debris of Rana Plaza but it has always stalked her like a shadow. 

When a girl of her age usually goes to school she with her two-year older sister, she came to Dhaka to help their six-member family. They joined a garment factory located on the sixth floor of the ill-fated Rana Plaza.

But their dream of living a decent life was shattered on April 24, 2013 when the Rana Plaza collapsed.

Like any other day the two sisters went to the factory in the morning. Her elder sister Banya managed to escape unscathed but a large beam came crashing down on Anna’s right hand. She was pinned to the ground unable to budge even an inch.

She had remained like that for two days before rescuers pulled her out of the rubble by severing her right hand. After that she returned to her village home Komarpara of Narkili under Jamalpur with her sister Banya.

Banya got admitted into Class V in a school in the village. Anna too was spending her time playing with her toys and girls of her age. She even forgot that she lost one of her arms. But little did she know what was befalling her next.

One day she fell to the ground while playing and she received injury on her right knee. She had been on medicine for two months under a doctor in Jamalpur town but in vain. She was then taken to Dhaka on June 11 by the advice of her doctor.
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* BGMEA list set to put missing at 160:

The apparel makers’ body BGMEA may finalise the list of 160 readymade garment (RMG) workers, who still remained missing after the Rana Plaza tragedy at Savar in Dhaka in April last year.

The Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) took the move a year after the collapse of the Rana Plaza on Apr 24 last year, killing at least 1,131 garment workers and maiming many others.

The BGMEA move came in the face of pressure from both local and international organisations, as in the absence of a list of the victims their families were not getting any help from the authorities despite their frantic efforts.

The apparel factory owners pledged adequate compensation for family members of those killed in the Rana Plaza collapse.

At the seventh annual general meeting held in April last the apparel makers’ body formed a 12-member committee to prepare the list of missing workers, sources said.
The committee, headed by BGMEA vice president SM Mannan Kochi, also comprises government officials.

There were 347 workers claimed to be remaining missing initially. Of them, 177 were identified through DNA tests.
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* ACC finally implicates Rana in Rana Plaza case:

The Anti-Corruption Commission on Tuesday approved a charge sheet into the Rana Plaza construction case including the name of building owner, Sohel Rana, an ACC official said.

ACC commissioner M Shahabuddin told New Age the graft-watch body will appeal to the court to show Sohel Rana arrested in the case.
Investigation officer of the case SM Mofidul Islam will submit the charge sheet before a special court in Dhaka within a day or two, the commissioner said.
The commission on June 15 filed a case against 17 people, including Rana’s parents Abdul Khalek and Morjina Begum, whose names were mentioned in the documents of ownership, and Savar municipality mayor Refayet Ullah, with Savar model police station.
ACC said it included Rana’s name in the charge sheet as one of the main accused, for his alleged involvement in tampering with the construction of the collapsed building.
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* TUC calls on retailers to answer to MPs over Rana Plaza compensation:

The TUC is calling on all UK retailers which source clothing from Bangladesh to attend a meeting in Westminster today (Tuesday) where they will be asked what they are doing to support the victims of the Rana Plaza factory collapse, that killed over 1,100 people in April last year. 

The meeting has been called by Alison McGovern MP, shadow minister for international development and vice chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Ethics and Sustainability. It is being supported by the TUC and campaign organisation Labour Behind the Label.

It is six months since the International Labour Organisation-administered Rana Plaza Donors Trust Fund was established to support the victims and their families. But the Fund is still £13m short of its target amount because many retailers who sell clothes made in Bangladesh on the UK high street have yet to contribute, says the TUC.

Commenting on the meeting TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “It is shocking that more than 2,000 workers injured in the tragedy along with the families who lost relatives last year still have not been paid all the compensation they are owed.

“This money is urgently needed to provide medical support and income to the victims. All companies which are making money from clothes made in Bangladesh have an ethical obligation to donate to the Fund – not just those who were sourcing goods produced at Rana Plaza.”
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* Sohel Rana included in charge-sheet of ACC finally:

The Anti-corruption Commission (ACC) has finally included in the charge-sheet Sohel Rana, owner of Rana Plaza in Savar, which collapsed on April 25 in 2013, killing 1,129 people.

He has been included in the list of the accused for constructing the building with faulty design.

The Commission approved on Tuesday the charge-sheet against 18 people including Sohel Rana who was not earlier included in the accused list while the anti-graft body decided to file a case against them.

Different organisations and rights activists blasted the ACC for not including Sohel Rana in the accused list.
The charge sheet was approved at a regular meeting of the Commission, ACC Commissioner M Shahabuddin Choppu told the reporters.

He said the ACC decided to include Sohel Rana in the accused list as the Commission found him guilty later. “We decided to include him as we found him guilty,” he said.
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* Rana finally charged in ACC case:

Finally the name of Sohel Rana, who was excluded in the case filed by the Anti-Corruption Commission on the construction of Rana Plaza in violation of the building code, has been included in the charge sheet.

The ACC yesterday approved the charge sheet in the case filed on June 15 with Savar Police Station, saying the accused in league with each other had built Rana Plaza violating the Bangladesh National Building Code. The building collapsed last year, killing at least 1,135 people.

The case was lodged against Savar municipal mayor, Rana’s parents and 14 others.
“During the investigation, several FIR-named accused stated that Rana exercised influence in constructing the faulty building and setting up garment factories illegally in the shopping complex,” ACC Commissioner Shahabuddin said, explaining why Rana’s name was finally included in the charge sheet.
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* ACC to implicate Sohel Rana as well:

Earlier, while approving the charges on June 12, the commission spared Rana, who is a Jubo League leader from Savar

The Anti-Corruption Commission has found evidence that Rana Plaza owner Sohel Rana was also involved in the irregularities while constructing the faulty eight-storey commercial building that collapsed on April 24 last year.

The commission will soon file charges against 18 people including Rana’s father Abdul Khalek and mother Morjina Begum, officials said.

Earlier, while approving the charges on June 12, the commission spared Rana, who is a Jubo League leader from Savar.

The other accused in the case are Savar municipality Mayor Refayet Ullah, architect of the building and Khulna University teacher ATM Masud Reza and Savar municipality ward 7 councillor Mohammad Ali Khan. Owners of three garment units housed in the building – Phantom Apparels Ltd Chairman Mohammad Aminul Islam, New Wave Bottom Limited Managing Director Bazlus Samad and Ether Tex Limited Chairman Azizur Rahman, have also been named in the charges.
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* ACC submits charge-sheet in Rana Plaza collapse case :

The Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) on Wednesday submitted charge-sheet against 18 people, including Sohel Rana, in the Rana Plaza collapse case.

ACC deputy director M Mofidul Islam submitted the charge-sheet before a Dhaka court, ACC public relations officer Pranab Kumar Bhattacharya told UNB.
The Commission on Tuesday approved the charge-sheet incorporating the name of Sohel Rana, the key accused of the deadly building collapse.

The accused named in the charge-sheet include Sohel Rana, his parents Abdul Khaleque and Marjina Begum. Savar Municipality mayor Refat Ullah, former chief executive officer of Savar Municipality Uttam Kumar Roy, its executive engineer Rafiqul Islam, commissioner Haji M Ali Khan (Ward 7, Savar), architect ATM Masud Reza, Engr Sajjad Hossain and former town planner of Savar Municipality Farjana Islam.
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* Bangladesh charges 18 over garment factory collapse:

Bangladesh’s anti-corruption agency filed charges on Wednesday against 18 people accused of breaching regulations over the construction of a building that collapsed last year killing more than 1,130 people.

The April 2013 collapse of the Rana Plaza, built on swampy ground outside Dhaka, ranks amongst the world’s worst industrial accidents and sparked a global outcry for improved safety. Most of the victims were garment workers.

The accused include the owner of the building, Mohammad Sohel Rana, and his parents, the local mayor, engineers and three owners of garment factories that used the building.
The Anti-Corruption Commission had previously not listed Rana as his name did not appear in documents covering ownership of the land and design approval, which instead listed his parents.

“The charge sheet has been filed against 18 people, including Rana after further investigation found his involvement,” commission spokesman Pranab Kumar Bhattachajee told Reuters.
Of the accused, Bhattachajee said: “Investigation found that they grossly breached the building code.”
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* Rana among 18 chargesheeted:

The Anti-corruption Commission (ACC) submitted Wednesday a charge sheet against 18 people including Sohel Rana, owner of Rana Plaza in Savar, in the court.

ACC deputy director M Mofidul Islam submitted the charge sheet before the Dhaka Chief Metropolitan Magistrate’s Court, ACC public relations officer Pranab Kumar Bhattacharya told reporters.

On Tuesday, the Commission approved the charge sheet against 18 people including Sohel Rana who was not earlier included in the accused list while the anti-graft body decided to file a case against them.
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* Samples did not match Rana Plaza victims:

DNA tests of Matuail remains

A DNA test of the samples found from 29 pieces of human limbs at the Matuail landfill in the capital did not match that of any Rana Plaza victim. 

The human remains at the landfill were recovered on June 23 last year.
The national DNA profiling laboratory at Dhaka Medical College Hospital submitted the detailed findings of the test before the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate court on June 26 the same year and the samples were sent to the laboratory on September 15.

Dr Sharif Akteruzzaman, head of the laboratory, told the Dhaka Tribune that it was suspected that the recovered remains were those of Rana Plaza victims.
“But we did not find any matches,” he said.

The doctor, however, refused to disclose the specific number of DNA profiles found in the test.

Police, court and laboratory sources said among the 29 pieces, complete DNAs of two males and one female were found. The test also found mixed DNAs (both male and female) of five people.
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* The day the Rana Plaza garment workers died:

New documentary tells the stories of those who survived the collapse of a clothing factory near Dhaka

Trapped in darkness for days before eventually escaping the rubble, Rojina Begum was one of thousands injured in the worst industrial disaster of modern times – when the Rana Plaza clothing factory in Bangladesh collapsed.

More than 1,000 people died when the factory outside Dhaka, which made clothes for companies such as Matalan and Primark, fell down in April last year. A year on from the tragedy, Ms Begum is one of several survivors remembering their ordeal in a new documentary. Many are speaking about their experiences for the first time.

The disaster could have been avoided, with warnings of cracks in the building the day before ignored. Ms Begum said: “After I went inside I saw the rumour was true. There was a crack in the pillar and the rods had come out. There were cracks in the ceiling too. It could collapse any time. I told my sister, ‘We made a mistake coming. Let’s leave.'” They never got the chance.

“I stood there and screamed and as soon as I screamed I fell into darkness. I was calling my sister’s name. Everyone was screaming. I was thinking, where is my sister?”

She remembers finding herself lying in a dark cramped space. “My arm was trapped under rods, beams, machines and tables. My head hurt and I was bleeding from my ear. Many of the people around me had died. Their blood rolled down my body.”
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* BBC Documentary Rana Plaza victims share ordeal:

April 24, 2013, the worst industrial disaster of modern times happened in Savar, outskirt of the capital. Rana Plaza, a clothing factory collapsed leaving 1,134 people dead.

A year on from the tragedy, several survivors, who were behind the screen, remembered their ordeal in a BBC documentary titled ‘Clothes To Die For’.

Audience can watch it on BBC Two over BBC iPlayer early Monday 3:00am (Bangladesh Time) where the Rana Plaza victims will be speaking about their experiences for the first time, reports the Mirror on Sunday.

The reports included the story of a braved Bangladeshi woman Rojina Begum, who was one of thousands injured, trapped in darkness for days before eventually escaping the rubble.

She had amputated her own arm to escape from the fallen Rana Plaza considering the curse of her own fate.

Here, we are publishing the story of Rojina reported by the British tabloid for banglanews24.com readers.

Sewing machinist Rojina Begum had spent three days trapped in a mountain of rubble surrounded by the stench of more than 1,000 decomposing bodies.

As Rojina grew weaker, a voice suddenly came out of the darkness.

A doctor had found her but the only way she could be freed was to amputate her left arm which was partly crushed under a beam.

The 26-year-old mum said: “The doctor tried to amputate it but couldn’t reach.

“I said, ‘No matter how hard it is, amputate my arm’. He said ‘I’m giving you a saw and you can do it yourself.’

“At first I said, ‘I can’t. I have no strength.’ It was the start of the third day.

“He said ‘Give it a try.’ I said, ‘OK, give it to me’ and I cut it.

“I never thought that I’d have to ­amputate my own arm. But I was forced to by the situation.

Rojina, who was one of the victims of Rana Plaza collapse said that on April 24 last year the eight-storey building collapsed, killing 1,134 people and injuring more than 2,400 others.
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* Rana Plaza victims want compensation:

Survivors and family members of those who died in the Rana Plaza collapse formed a human chain at the site in Savar yesterday demanding that they be compensated before Eid-ul-Fitr.

Several hundred demonstrators also marched on the Dhaka-Aricha highway from the site to Rajalakh Farm road, said witnesses.
Addressing the human chain, Nurul Islam, a garment worker who was injured in the nine-storey building collapse, said over a year has passed since the tragedy and he has not been compensated yet.

“After being injured in the building collapse, I cannot work for long in one setting, and so it is difficult for me to get jobs,” he said, adding that his four-member family is dependent on him.
Speakers alleged that the government and BGMEA authorities have received foreign aid for the victims of Rana Plaza, but instead of distributing the money among the victims, they have grabbed it for themselves.

Garment Workers’ Trade Union Centre, Garment Workers’ Front and Rana Plaza Garment Workers’ Union jointly organised the programme.
Emdadul Islam, president of Rana Plaza Garment Workers’ Union, said, “So far we have been demonstrating peacefully, and we request that the government does not force us to take to the streets.”
The building collapsed on April 24 last year leaving 1,132 people dead and scores other injured.
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* HC bench splits over bail for factory owner:

A two-judge High Court bench yesterday delivered split verdicts on a bail petition filed by Bazlus Samad Adnan, owner of a garment factory housed in the Rana Plaza that collapsed in April last year, killing at least 1,135 people and injuring scores.

Adnan, the owner of New Wave Style, had submitted the petition to the HC seeking bail in a case filed by police for negligence in protecting the lives of the victims.
Yesterday, Justice Syed Md Ziaul Karim, senior member of the HC bench, granted bail to Adnan considering that the case was filed under such section of the law which allowed the court to grant bail to an accused.
Meanwhile, junior member of the bench, Justice Ashish Ranjan Das, rejected the bail petition, saying that the negligence that the petitioner had committed in saving the lives of the victims was not a small offence, and therefore, he could not be granted bail.
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* HC rejects Rana’s bail plea:

The HC bench of Justice Nizamul Haque and Justice Jahangir Hossain passed the order on Thursday afternoon

 

The High Court has rejected the bail petition of Rana Plaza owner Sohel Rana in a case filed by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC).

The HC bench of Justice Nizamul Haque and Justice Jahangir Hossain passed the order on Thursday afternoon, Deputy Attorney General Amit Talukder said.

On June 15, the Anti-Corruption Commission filed a case against 17 people including parents of Sohel Rana, the owner of the building that collapsed on April 24 last year, killing more than 1000 people.
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* Rana Plaza victims to observe Eid at collapse site if not compensated:

They tell human chain in Savar

Several hundred survivors and relatives of the dead victims of Rana Plaza yesterday said they would observe the upcoming Eid at the collapse site and Shaheed Minar like the previous year, if they were not compensated before the festival.

They were addressing a human chain at the collapse site in Savar outside the capital marking 15 months of the disaster.
Under the banner of Bangladesh Garment Workers’ Solidarity, and Rana Plaza Khotigrasto Sramik o Poribarbargo, they also brought out a procession from the venue to Savar Kancha Bazar.
Expressing agony, injured Nurul Islam, who was the only earning member of his family, said now he became a burden on his family as he could not work.
Saiful Islam, father of deceased Nilufa, said he was still to get any help from any quarter.
Emdadul Islam, president of Rana Plaza Garment Workers’ Union; and Taslima Akter, coordinator of Bangladesh Garment Workers’ Solidarity, spoke among others.
They also sought aid from the prime minister’s fund.
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* 59 families of Rana Plaza victims get aid:

Maya claimed that the government had given financial support to all the Rana Plaza victims and their families

Families of 59 Rana Plaza victims, who have been missing since the day of incident on April 24 last year, yesterday were given Tk18,000 each as financial support ahead of Eid.

Red Crescent Society gave the money in association with Motorola Solution Foundation. Disaster Management and Relief Minister Mofazzal Hossain Chowdhury Maya distributed the aid at a programme in the Red Crescent headquarters at Nayatola in the capital.

Maya claimed that the government had given financial support to all the Rana Plaza victims and their families.

“We are also trying to identify the unidentified victims of the incident. The list of missing persons has also been prepared. They were also given financial support by the government and many non-government organisations.”
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* Joyless Eid awaits Rana Plaza victims:

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Victim families of Rana Plaza collapse form a human chain on the site in Savar, outside the capital, yesterday demanding compensation for those who lost their lives, sustained injuries and went missing in the nine-storey building collapse on April 24 last year. Photo: Star

Compensation still eludes hundreds

Hundreds of survivors of the Rana Plaza collapse and relatives of the deceased and missing victims continued their demonstrations at the building site in Savar for the third day yesterday, demanding compensation which has been eluding them for the last 15 months.

The protesters again declared that they would observe the upcoming Eid-u-Fitr at the Rana Plaza site and march towards the Central Shaheed Minar in the capital like the previous year, if they were not compensated before the festival.
Different labour bodies are organising the demonstration, which is supposed to continue today.
At the protest site, Zobaida Begum, mother of the deceased Ruhul Amin, said she lived on the income of Ruhul, and was now struggling for survival now, as her poor eldest son could not meet the needs of his own family, while her husband was too old and sick to work.

Showing her torn sari, Zobaida said, “Every Eid, Ruhul presented me at least two saris, which I used year long. But it stopped last year.” The wretched woman said, “Eid brings no joy for me except some sorrowful memories of my dead son Ruhul.”
“I cannot manage three meals a day. What will Eid mean to me?”
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* Matalan bows to pressure to compensate Rana Plaza victims:

UK clothing chain Matalan has bowed to pressure and made a donation to the UN-backed fund to compensate the victims of the Rana Plaza factory collapse – one day before the deadline for payments.

The retailer, however, refused to say how much money it had offered to the fund, reports The Guardian.
The announcement came after UK shadow international development secretary Jim Murphy and UK shadow international development minister Alison McGovern wrote to Matalan boss Jason Hargreaves, the son of the chain’s billionaire founder John, asking him to reconsider the retailer’s position and pay into the compensation fund, which is well short of its $40m (£24m) target.

The collapse of the Bangladeshi factory killed 1,129 people and injured 2,515 in April 2013. Matalan was the only large British retailer not to have donated money, according to the campaign group 38 Degrees.
The group’s Susannah Compton said: ‘This week, tens of thousands of people emailed, called and tweeted Matalan to tell them they couldn’t walk away from the devastating consequences of the Rana Plaza disaster.’
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* Matalan to donate for Rana Plaza victims:

Bowing to pressure from campaigners, budget clothing firm Matalan has announced to donate to an UN-backed fund for victims of a collapsed clothing factory Rana Plaza in Savar of Dhaka.

However, the company has not disclosed how much it will pay to help compensate people left with disabilities, and families who lost their main providers, reports The Independent of UK.

Campaigners remain concerned as it did not clear how much it will pay for the victims, the report said.

On Monday, the campaign groups launched a social-media campaign which saw tens of thousands of people send emails, make calls and send tweets urging Matalan to contribute.

On Wednesday, Shadow Secretary of State for International Development Jim Murphy, and Shadow Development Minister Alison McGovern also called on Matalan to pay towards compensation.
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* Eid void of happiness for families of Rana Plaza victims:

On Eid day, the Dhaka Tribune also visited the homes of several other Rana Plaza victims, only to find that the colours of the festival had not reached those households

 

The joys and festivities of Eid continue to evade the families of Rana Plaza victims, many of whom are living in financial uncertainty after losing their only breadwinner in the disaster.

During the three Eid festivals that followed the tragic day on April 24 last year, sorrow had been a constant companion for the family of Shyla Akhter, a garment worker who remains missing since the collapse of the building she worked at.

Reshmi Begum, Shyla’s sister who is also a garment worker, said: “Shyla is the youngest child of my parents. She had been working in garment factories since she was 11 years old and been supporting the family after our father’s death in 2003.

“Now this five-member family is totally dependable on me, even though I am married and I also have a child and husband whom I have to support.”

Family members said Shyla’s 78-year-old mother Zamila Begum had only searched for the body of her daughter instead of running to different organisations seeking compensation. The family got only Tk30,000 in compensation through bKash, reportedly by the Rana Plaza Donors Trust Fund.

Reshmi said: “Our family needs Tk11,000 per month to meet our household needs. But I am earning only Tk4,500 per month… We do not know how we should try to get compensation now.”

Although the government and several organisations have initiated separate efforts to compensate the victims’ families, many still claim that they have received little or no amount of the money.

The BGMEA claims it had already spent Tk14 crore to compensate the families, said Taslima Akter, coordinator of Garment Workers Solidarity. The prime minister’s fund also had Tk105 crore remaining to be spent, with only Tk22 crore so far distributed, she added.

Irish clothing retailers Primark has set aside a $9 million dollar fund for the victims who worked on the third floor of the building, Taslima said, adding that the Rana Plaza Donors Trust Fund already has Tk141 crore deposited with a target of reaching the Tk320 crore mark.

Asked about compensations to Rana Plaza victims’ families, Dhaka Deputy Commissioner Tofazzal Hossain Mia said: “Very soon the money deposited in the prime minister’s fund will be distributed among the families of Rana Plaza victims. We are now nearing the end of investigating the proper identification of victims’ families as we want to distribute the money to the actual dependants.”

“However, we do not know about the missing people,” he added.

On Eid day, the Dhaka Tribune also visited the homes of several other Rana Plaza victims, only to find that the colours of the festival had not reached those households. The victims’ relatives neither donned any new dress nor cooked any special food to celebrate the occasion.

“Every day remains the same since I have lost my husband. Nothing changes, nothing new happens, everything is deteriorating day by day,” said Nazma Akter Lily, who lost her husband Jewel in the Rana Plaza collapse.

At the time of the disaster, Lily was already pregnant and gave birth to her son Zunayed six months after her husband’s death.

“Although I have got some amount of money, but our future is still uncertain. When I went to the Savar thana nirbahi officer [for compensation] he became angry and shouted at us telling us not to disturb him any more,” Lily said.

Asked about the issue, the thana nirbahi officer, Kamrul Hasan Mollah, said: “It is not true that we became agitated against the victim’s family. We told them that once we get the money, we will provide it to them as soon as possible.”

Meanwhile, only 200 metres away from the Rana Plaza site, the Dhaka Tribune came upon a building which housed three families who had lost a total of four of their relatives in the disaster.

Although the surrounding houses were abuzz with the sound of Eid celebrations, the building stood silent devoid of any sign of festivity.
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* Rana Plaza fund gets 44% of estimated $40m compensation money:

The Rana Plaza Coordination Committee, a body of representatives of global trade unions, retailers, factory owners and governments, has failed to collect even half of the committed fund of US$ 40 million to pay workers and families of the victims who were killed in the building collapse.

In September 2013, national and international stakeholders came together to form the committee to develop a comprehensive and independent process that would deliver support to the victims, and their families and dependants in a manner consistent with international labour standards.

As a neutral chair of the committee, International Labour Organisation established the Rana Plaza Donors’ Trust Fund in January 2014 to collect contributions from buyers and other private donors.

The committee urged 29 global brands that procured products from the five factories housed in the Rana Plaza to contribute to the Trust Fund, but most of the brands are yet to pay.  In last six months a total of US$ 17.7 million has been deposited into the fund which is only 44.25 per cent of the committed amount.
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‘It is frustrating that less than 50 per cent of the expected US$ 40 million is yet to be collected and most of the brands did not contribute,’ IndustriALL Bangladesh Council secretary general Roy Ramesh Chandra told New Age on Friday.

He said if the 29 global brands that procured products from the five factories housed in the Rana Plaza contributed 0.2 per cent of their profit into the fund the expected US$ 40 million would be available as the brands gained a net profit of over US$ 2 billion in last year.
‘It is a shame and painful that the workers and  the families of the victims who were killed in the building collapse did not get compensation even after one-and-a-half year of the tragic incident.
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* Savar Foundation continues its Rehabilitation Efforts:

The Savar Foundation, a charitable organisation targeted towards the relief and rehabilitation of victims of the Savar Rana Plaza disaster which happened a year back, is continuing its work.

On July 26, it has donated Tk 160,000 to family members of four garment workers who died in the catastrophic accident. The cash amounts were handed over to the victims’ families at the Adhar Chandra High School in Savar.

Sabina Yesmin, who worked in a garments factory at Rana Plaza, was the primary source of earning in her family. After she died, the family has been suffering a lot, because of not having received enough compensation from the authorities. Cash help of Tk 40,000 has been provided to her husband Ashraf Ali.

Sujit Saha also worked in the same building and suffered the same fate. Monetary help has also been provided to his family, his mother Nila Saha receiving the contribution.
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* Rana Plaza probe at final stage:

Charge sheets in 3 cases likely this month; 42 to be accused

Investigators have found a total of 42 people responsible for the Rana Plaza collapse that left at least 1,135 people dead and scores maimed in April last year.

The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of police has “almost completed” the probe into the country’s worst industrial disaster in Savar on the outskirts of the capital, and it is likely to submit two charge sheets to the court within this month.
However, Assistant Superintendent of Police Bijoy Krishna Kar, who is leading the investigation, recently told The Daily Star that they would not be able to submit the charge sheets by August 13 as they were asked to by a Dhaka court last month. The CID may seek more time for this on that day.

Rana Plaza owner Sohel Rana, owners of the garment factories housed in the building, some officials and engineers of Savar municipality and the Department of Inspection of Factories and Establishment (DIFE) have been found to be responsible for the collapse of Rana Plaza and the loss of lives, he said.
According to Bijoy, owners of Rana Plaza and the garment factories had forced the staffs and workers of the factories to work inside the building even after cracks were found in the building. So, the owners are responsible for the deaths and will be accused of killing people in the charge sheets.

The then executive engineer, assistant engineer, sub-assistant engineer and town planner of Savar municipality have been found responsible for giving clearance to constructing garment factories inside the building without consulting experts.
The DIFE officials, who had issued the licence for using the commercial building for industrial purposes without even inspecting the building and examining necessary construction features, will also be accused in the charge sheets.
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* Matalan slammed for “trivial” compensation payments to Rana Plaza victims:

Cheap clothes giant Matalan asked to pay UN backed scheme £3m donates only £60,000, representing just £50 to each family of a worker killed.

Labour rights campaigners and 38 degrees members are condemning Matalan for making what they claim is derisory payment to the families of those killed and injured at the Rana Plaza building collapse in April last year

Last week Matalan finally agreed to pay into the Rana Plaza Donors Trust Fund, over six months after it was set up by the International Labour Organisation to fund compensation payments to the dependents of the 1338 workers killed and 2000 workers injured in the disaster.
Yesterday it became clear that the Skelmersdale based company, which makes a profit of over £100 million a year, had paid no more than £60,000 to the Fund, just 2% of the £3million demanded by campaigners, and representing a payment of just £50 to each killed worker.

Until last week Matalan was the only major British retailer linked to the Rana Plaza factory that had not contributed to the Rana Plaza Donors Trust Fund, despite sustained calls for it to pay up, including a direct request from the UK government.

The company relented last Thursday following a major consumer campaign driven by 38 degrees members that saw the company receive over 1000 social media messages per hour and which forced them to temporarily suspend their customer helpline.
Protests by 38 degrees members continued over the weekend, calling on Matalan to publicly disclose the amount paid, a demand refused by the company.
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* Triangle Shirtwaist and Rana Plaza- Same Struggle:

Protesters gathered today in front of the St. Regis Hotel in New York City to call on Ralph Lauren to sign onto the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh to improve workplace safety for garment workers.

The protest preceded Ralph Lauren’s annual shareholders meeting where the AFL-CIO Reserve Fund (its investments) had a proposal on the ballot related to human rights reporting.

At today’s shareholder meeting, Nazma Akter, president of the Sommilito Garments Sramik Federation, representing 70,000 workers, spoke to the protesters and called on Ralph Lauren join with more than 180 brands that have agreed to participate in the Accord.
The Accord is a binding and enforceable agreement that represents a new model in supply chain accountability and risk management.
Other programs to audit and monitor for workers’ safety follow the same model that has failed the hundreds of workers who have died in preventable garment factory fires and building collapses over the past 20 years.

Akter spoke in the name of “women like me, who produce goods for Ralph Lauren in Bangladesh.”
Young women are 80% of the garment workforce in Bangladesh.
Most of the more than 3,600 workers killed and seriously injured in the April 2013 Rana Plaza factory collapse were young women.
Hundreds of children were orphaned when their parents were killed in the collapse.

But Rana is only the most notorious of recent deadly workplace disasters in factories along the global supply chains of major U.S. and European brands and retailers.
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* NBR in a fix over Dhaka DC’s request:

Wealth info of Rana Plaza owner

The National Board of Revenue (NBR) is in a dilemma over providing information to the Dhaka district administration about wealth of the owners of the collapsed Rana Plaza and five other garment factories, housed in the same building, due to a legal bar.

The Deputy Commissioner (DC) of Dhaka earlier sought all necessary information about wealth of those taxpayers from the NBR. The former is required to confiscate their properties as per a High Court (HC) order.

According to section 163 of the income tax ordinance 1984, the taxmen are bound to maintain privacy of all types of taxpayers’ information.

Problems surfaced when the DC, Dhaka sent a letter to NBR seeking details of moveable and immovable properties of the taxpayers in question.

The issue was discussed in a recent board meeting of the NBR, presided over by its Chairman Ghulam Hussain.

In the meeting, the NBR high-ups decided to seek opinion of the Ministry of Law and Parliamentary Affairs in this matter.

Talking to the FE Sunday, a senior NBR official said there is no scope to share taxpayers’ information with any other entity.
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* Rana Plaza collapse:

A Dhaka court on Wednesday asked the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) either to submit probe report or to explain the situation to the court with the case docket (CD) in two cases filed in connection with Rana Plaza building collapse last year.

Senior Judicial Magistrate Kazi Shahidul Islam of the Chief Judicial Magistrate Court of Dhaka fixed September 18 to submit the reports.

Bijoy Krishna Kar, the Investigation Officer (IO) of the case, could not submit the reports yesterday. During the last 16 months the date for submission of the probe reports were deferred eight times.

Rajuk filed one of the two cases against the building owner, Sohel Rana, for structural faults of Rana Plaza building and for violating the National Building Code.

Savar Police Station filed the other case against Rana, his father Abdul Khalek, and the owners of the five garments housed in the nine-story building for the loss of lives.

Sheulli Akter, wife of Jahangir Alam, whose body was recovered on April 24, filed another case against Rana.
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* CID asked to submit report on Rana Plaza collapse:

On June 30, the court asked the CID to submit the probe reports before the court on August 13

A Dhaka court has asked the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) to submit its probe reports by September 18 in two cases filed in connection with the Rana Plaza collapse.

Dhaka Senior Judicial Magistrate Kazi Shahidul Islam passed the order as CID Assistant Superintendent Bijoy Krishna Khar, also the investigation officer of the cases, failed to submit the probe reports yesterday.

On June 30, the court asked the CID to submit the probe reports before the court on August 13.

Meanwhile, Additional Public Prosecutor Anwarul Kabir Babul yesterday filed a petition before the court seeking a progress report of the investigation of cases.

Babul said: “We filed a petition with the court seeking a progress report on the investigation, and the court granted it and asked the CID to submit a progress report.”
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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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* Rana Plaza fund to roll out in two weeks:

The ILO-managed Rana Plaza Trust Fund will finally start its disbursement of compensation in two weeks.

Some 332 victims will receive the first instalment of their compensation within the next two weeks, Srinivasa Reddy, country direction of the International Labour Organisation, told The Daily Star.

The pay-out has been delayed for the failure of many international retailers to put in their committed amounts into the trust fund by April 24, the first anniversary of the industrial accident that claimed 1,138 lives and injured thousands, he said.
So far, $17.9 million has been collected against the requirement of $40 million to adequately compensate the victims.

Subsequently, the Rana Plaza Coordination Committee in a meeting on August 14 resolved to write to the retailers, asking them to release the funds in good time for completion of the compensation process by the end of October.

Retailers that are yet to make contributions are:
Adler Modemärkte, Grabalok, Ascena Retail, Iconix (Lee Cooper), NKD, Auchan, JC Penney, PWT (Texman), Benetton, KANZ/Kids Fashion Group, Robe di Kappa, Carrefour, LC Waikiki, Yes Zee, Cato Fashions and Manifattura Corona.
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Reddy said the Rana Plaza Claims Administration has already completed the list of recipients for compensation.
Earlier in April, the victims and dependents of the deceased were given Tk 50,000 each to help them get by for now and open bank accounts, which exhausted $2 million from the $17.9 million fund.

Mikail Shipar, labour secretary, said: “The retailers made their commitments but now they are not following through.” Meanwhile, many dependents of the deceased complained that they were not included in the compensation lists yet.
Take, for instance, Akkas Mia, who lost his daughter-in-law in the tragic event.
She left behind a husband and a son, both of whom are now residing with Mia.
He said his daughter-in-law’s name has not been put in the compensation list.
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* Rana Plaza exposes fashion’s lack of accountability:

On April 24th, 2013, the Rana Plaza building in Savar, Bangladesh, became the site of the worst tragedy in the history of the fashion industry.

The building, which housed several garment factories supplying high-street fashion retailers including Mango, Matalan and Benetton, collapsed. 1,134 people were killed, and over 2,500 injured.

When the story broke, brutal images of young women trapped under rubble and bloodied survivors shocked the world, and statements of remorse spilled out of spokespeople for Primark and Bonmarché, both of whom were supplied by the factory at the time of the disaster.

And yet, justice has not come.
The fashion brands implicated have faced no criminal charges or punishments of any kind and efforts to compensate the victims and their families have fallen far short of their targets.
How could this have happened?
In the year since Rana Plaza collapsed, fresh scandals involving the fashion industry have peppered the news. Alleged cries for help from workers found stitched into the labels of Primark’s clothing; Bangladeshi garment workers resorting to hunger strikes over outstanding salaries.

Have we forgotten the appalling incident at Rana Plaza in the face of more recent scandals?
And why have the fashion brands implicated still not been held accountable?
Following the tragedy, the Rana Plaza Arrangement (RPA) set up a compensatory scheme to protect victims and their families who had lost a family member or suffered life-changing injuries in the catastrophe.

Claims for compensation received by the RPA were to be funded by the Rana Plaza Donors Trust Fund, a money pot “open to contributions from any organisation, company or individual”.

This is where the problems begin.
The fund was “open to” contributions — it did not demand them.
The UN agency International Labour Organisation backed the fund, yet did nothing to enforce payments into it, despite having a long list of the companies who used the factories.
There was no organisation, institution, or law to make sure this fund was filled.
And as a result, it was not.

The RPA estimated that the fund would need to collect $40 million to cover the expected claims. As of 4 August 2014, the current total is just under $17.9 million; the fund is not yet half-full.
Fashion companies’ reluctance to offer compensation has been astounding. UK clothing retailer Matalan, who admitted to using the factory the month before it collapsed, paid into the fund one day before the deadline for payments.

It only did so after tens of thousands of people lobbied the retailer via e-mails and calls, and Twitter users bombarded the brand with over 1,000 tweets an hour.
When Matalan finally did pay up, it was clear that the brand did not accept any responsibility.
“We wish to make it clear that we have never been ordered by any organisation to pay compensation or been found culpable for the tragedy,” said Matalan’s chairman, Allan Leighton.
“However, our company is happy to continue to make substantial contributions to help the people who need it most.”

Other brands have been less “happy” to pay.
Neither US retailer JCPenney or Italian multinational Benetton have contributed, despite clothing destined for their shop floors being found amongst the rubble of Rana Plaza.

This incident makes clear that the fashion industry has a serious problem of accountability. JCPenney and Benetton were responsible for Rana Plaza.
So were Primark, Mango, Bonmarché, Monsoon Accessorize, Walmart, Joe Fresh, and all of the fashion companies who had clothing manufactured there.
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* No back-to-school for many Rana Plaza kids:

Right now The Children’s Place is raking in millions as families wrap up their back-to-school shopping.
For destitute children affected by Rana Plaza — the deadliest apparel industry disaster in world history — “back-to-school” is a luxury that many can no longer afford.

Please join us in calling on The Children’s Place — the largest pure-play children’s specialty retailer — to not forget the children of the Bangladeshi workers who were making their products the day that Rana Plaza collapsed.

After suffering from a life of poverty due to the low wages their parents received sewing garments for The Children’s Place and other multinational corporations, 3,000 children lost a parent at Rana Plaza.

Another 200 were orphaned, and many others now live with a parent who lost a limb and can no longer work, or who struggles to cope with severe trauma.
As they continue to wait for Children’s Place to pay its full share of compensation, many of these children have had to leave school and go to work to help put food on the table for their families.
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* Compensate Rana Plaza victims adequately: rally:

Leaders of the Bangladesh Garment Sramik Sanghati on Thursday at a rally in the city called on the government and garment factory owners to give adequate compensation to family members of the victims of Rana Plaza collapse.

They also called on the government to stop harassment on the affected workers’ family members and ensure exemplary punishment to those the responsible for the building collapse.

Garment Sramik Sanghati organised the rally in front of the Bangladesh Garment Manufactures and Exporters Association Bhaban at Kawranbazar. Rana Plaza collapsed on August 24, in 2013, at Savar Bus Stand, killing 1,170 people and wounding several hundred, most of them garment workers.

Taslima Akhter Lima, the coordinator of Sramik Sanghati, demanded adequate compensation for family members of the affected workers. She demanded disbursement of money from the prime minister’s fund which has already grown to Tk 105 crore.
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* 24 April 2013 THE RANA PLAZA BUILDING COLLAPSE Part 1 20130424 – 20130523

* 24 April 2013 THE RANA PLAZA BUILDING COLLAPSE Part 2 20130524 – 20131109

* 24 April 2013 THE RANA PLAZA BUILDING COLLAPSE Part 3 20131109- 20140313

* 24 April 2013 THE RANA PLAZA BUILDING COLLAPSE Part 4 20140314- 20140428

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* Hasina re-calls Rana Plaza victims:

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has commemorated all the deceased workers in worldwide including the victims of Rana Plaza tragedy and paid her deep sympathy to the bereaved families.    

The premier was addressing a discussion at Osmani Auditorium as chief guest on the occasion of historic May Day on Thursday morning.
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* PM’s relief fund to merge with Rana Plaza package:

Rana Plaza victims will receive compensation from retailers minus the amount they got from the prime minister’s relief fund, Labour Secretary Mikail Shipar said yesterday.

For instance, as per ILO convention 121, a dead worker’s family was supposed to receive Tk 29 lakh as compensation. So, if they have already received Tk 10 lakh from the prime minister’s fund, they can expect to be given another Tk 19 lakh from the Rana Plaza Trust Fund.
“The victims thought they will receive money both from the prime minister’s fund and the Rana Plaza Trust fund, but that will not be the case. The two will supplement one another,” Shipar told The Daily Star.

A total of Tk 22.13 crore has been disbursed to the victims from the relief fund, according to data from the prime minister’s office.
So far, a total of $25 million has been collected in the ILO-managed trust fund against the required amount of $40 million to adequately compensate the Rana Plaza victims, according to Roy Ramesh Chandra, secretary of IndustriALL Bangladesh Council, the local chapter of IndustriALL Global Union that initiated the trust fund.
“Retailers have started contributing to the fund, and we have started giving out compensation from it.”
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* Rana’s associate remanded in murder case:

A Dhaka court yesterday placed Abu Bakkar Siddique, a key associate of Rana Plaza owner Sohel Rana, on a two-day remand in a murder case filed in connection with the collapse of the faulty building in Savar on April 24 last year.

Senior Judicial Magistrate Sheuly Akhter passed the order after the investigation officer of the case, CID’s Assistant Superintendent Bijoy Krishna Khar, produced the accused before the court and sought five-day remand. Police arrested the accused from Savar Bazar area on secret information on Monday.

In the remand prayer, the IO said Siddique had been present at the Rana Plaza and forced the garment workers to work. The murder case was filed on April 25 last year, a day after the building had collapsed, with the Savar police station. At least 1,136 people mostly female workers died and over 2,500 others injured in the incident.
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* First job for new Benetton CEO – Pay Up! :

As Marco Airoldi takes the helm of Italian clothing brand Benetton, his first job must be to pay into the Rana Plaza Donor Trust Fund.
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Today in Treviso, home of the Benetton Group, Marco Airoldi will be confirmed the Benetton Group’s new CEO – a role that will see him lead one of Italy’s biggest companies and one of the world’s major clothing brands through a time of change.

But before the group can look to the future they must act to remedy the past. After a year of mixed messages from Benetton regarding their commitment to ensuring compensation for all survivors and the victim’s families, Mr. Airoldi must set the record straight.

As Mr. Airoldi begins his tenure Clean Clothes Campaign lays out the facts regarding Benetton and Rana Plaza and demand he make his first job paying into the Donor Trust Fund.

The facts
What they say
: In September 2013, Benetton stated that they were committed to “playing a role in finding an industry-wide, multi- stakeholder approach to [compensation] – much like the Accord did for fire and safety”

The facts:
* Since December 2013, a
multi-stakeholder approach has been in place – The Arrangement. It has the full participation of the Government of Bangladesh, employers organisations, Bangladeshi and international trade unions and NGOs and major clothing brands and has the ILO as a neutral chair.

* Despite this still Benetton refuse to contribute.
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* 500 Rana Plaza victims listed in workers’ project:

Some 500 workers, who sustained injuries in Rana Plaza building collapse, have been included in the “Promotion of Social and Environmental Standards in the Industry” project.

Planning Commission sources said a revision is being made regarding the project to develop the skill of some 1,500 workers including that of 500 Rana Plaza victims.

Infrastructure of two institutions – Centre for the Rehabilitation of the Paralyzed (CRP) and Centre for Disability in Development (CDD) – will be developed under the project.

The development will open the door to provide medical service more to the workers who will become victims of accident and assistance for their rehabilitation.
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* Adequate compensation sought for Rana Plaza victims:

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Rana Plaza Garment Workers Union on Sunday forms a human chain in Dhaka demanding compensation according to ILO Convention 121 and urging for workplace safety. — New Age photo

Politicians and garment workers’ leaders on Sunday demanded exemplary punishment of the owners of Rana Plaza and other factories the collapsed building had housed.

Addressing a human chain in the city, Communist Party of Bangladesh adviser Manzurul Ahsan Khan said the government, garment factory owners and foreign buyers should raise the amount of compensation for the Rana Plaza victims and their families.
Activists of Rana Plaza Garment Sramik Union formed the human chain in front of the National Press Club in the morning to press for adequate compensation for the victims.
More than 1,100 people, most of them, female garment workers, were killed in the Rana Plaza collapse aat Savar a year ago.
Manzurul also demanded distribution of money from the prime minister’s fund raised for the Rana Plaza victims and compensations according to the International Labour Organisation law.

The owners of garment factories contributed a negligible amount to the fund, he said.
Bangladesh Trade Union Centre vice-president Mahbub Alam said that many of the Rana Plaza victims did not get sufficient compensations after even after the passage of one year.
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* 3 cops closed on extortion charge in Khulna:

Three policemen, including a sub-inspector of Terokhada Police Station, were closed to the District Police Lines on Tuesday on charge of realising extortion from the family of a Rana Plaza victim.

Locals said Abdul Kuddus Mollah of Bhabanipur village received Tk 72,000 as compensation for the death of his sister Asma in the Rana Plaza collapse.
SI Milton of the Terokhada police along with two constables went to the house of Kuddus on May 10 and took him to a place one kilometre off the house.
Later, they beat Kuddus and demanded Tk 5 lakh as extortion, saying he received Tk 72 lakh as compensation.
They also threatened to put him in crossfire. The policemen freed Kuddus after his brother paid them Tk 19,200, according to UNB.
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* Traumatised rescuers struggle with life:

When the nine-storey Rana Plaza crumbled last year, trapping over 2,000 people under the debris, several hundred untrained civilians volunteered in the rescue mission. And their service to humanity cost them dearly–dozens got mentally scarred at the horror that unfolded for 20 days.

Many rescuers became so traumatised and physically ailed that they are yet to get back to their profession. Consequently, the loss of their source of income coupled with the expenses of lengthy treatment has left them financially broke.
“I know more than 20 rescuers who are living in inhuman conditions after failing to return to their professions due to physical ailments and trauma,” said Abdur Rahman, one of about 100 civilian rescuers who gathered at the Rana Plaza site in Savar on Wednesday to mark one of year of the end to the rescue operation.

Housing five garment factories and some other offices and a market, Rana Plaza collapsed on April 24 last year, leaving more than 1,100 killed and hundreds wounded or maimed.
A 20-day rescue operation followed under the leadership of Bangladesh Army.
Two rescuers, Md Kaykobad and Md Omor Faruque Babu, died while the rescue mission was going on.

Within half a month after the mission ended on May 14 last year, Md Rafiqul Islam, 35, a mason, was admitted to the National Institute of Mental Health in Dhaka.
“The doctor asked me to stay in the hospital for more days, but there was none to look after my family back home. So I went back,” he told The Daily Star.
“My 19-year-old eldest daughter is the only bread earner in my six-member family now.”
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* Compensation, justice sought:

Several hundred victims of Rana Plaza rallied at its collapse site in Savar of Dhaka yesterday demanding adequate compensation and justice.

Under the banner of “Rana Plaza Garments Workers Union”, they were observing the union’s first founding anniversary.
The injured and the families of the deceased have been in severe distress since the disaster, they said, adding that the persons behind the collapse must be punished.
They alleged that the government was procrastinating to try the culprits to save them.
Housing five garment factories and some other offices and a market, the nine-storey Rana Plaza collapsed on April 24 last year, killing more than 1,100 and injuring hundreds.
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* Charge-sheet after all accused held:

The submission of charge-sheet in two much-talked-about cases on Rana Plaza building collapse would not be possible till all accused of the case are taken to custody, said the official concerned.

“The investigation is at last phase, some 22 accused in the cease have been arrested and efforts are on to nab the other accused,” said Criminal Investigation Department (CID) assistant commissioner Krisna Kar, also the investigation officer (IO) of the cases.

Krisna said, “Drives are being carried out time to time, but submission of charge-sheets is being delayed as all accused have not been arrested yet.”
Wednesday was the day to submit the charge-sheets in the cases.

When asked on the charge sheet may be submitted showing the accused fugitive, the CID officer said, “It can be done, but there is no alternative except arresting the accused for immediate disposal of the cases.”
“More time requires for a case disposal if charge-sheet is submitted showing the accused fugitive,” added Krisna.
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* DNA sampling not enough:

Identifying Rana Plaza, Tazreen dead

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:

STUDY ON RMG FACTORY ACCIDENTS

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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* Victim families continue to demand justice:

Family members of the victims in Rana Plaza building collapse yesterday held a rally at the site in Savar on the outskirts of the capital, demanding proper compensation and justice.

At the rally under the banner of “Bangladesh Garment Workers Solidarity”, they said they had been leading a very inhuman life after losing their only earning members, but were yet to be compensated.
Taslima Akter, coordinator of the organisation, said though DNA profiles of Liza, Samapti, Sahedul, Zahangir and some others had matched with their respective family members, the families were yet to identify the graves of their dear ones.
Terming the building collapse a planned killing, she demanded punishment for the people responsible for the incident.
Survivors of the worst-ever industrial disaster also spoke.
Multi-storey Rana Plaza building, which housed five garment factories, caved in on April 24, 2013, leaving over 1,100 workers dead and several hundred injured.
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* Apparel labour groups mark 13 months of Rana Plaza disaster:

Apparel labour leaders at separate programmes on Saturday called on the Awami League-led government to take steps for adequate compensations for Rana Plaza victims.

Labour rights groups held the programmes at Savar and in the capital marking 13 months of the Rana Plaza disaster in which more than 1,100 people, mostly apparel workers, were killed as the eight-storey building collapsed.
Bangladesh Garment Sramik Sanghati held a rally in front of the Rana Plaza at Savar bus stand where the organsation’s convener Taslima Akhter and leaders Dipak Roy, Mehedi Hasan and others spoke.
A procession followed the rally.

National Garment Workers Federation leaders, in another incident, formed a human chain in front of the National Press Club at 11:00am demanding adequate compensations for the Rana Plaza victims.
The organisation’s president Amirul Haque Amin presided over the programme. Apparel labour leaders Quamrul Ahsan, Salauddin Shawpan and Nurun Nahar also spoke..
A procession followed the human chain.
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* Compensation disbursement getting delayed:

The process of disbursing compensation to the Rana Plaza victims has slowed mainly due to non-cooperation by retailers and brands, said a senior official of IndustriALL Bangladesh Council.

The International Labour Organisation gave away $1.8 million among 2,929 workers or their families on April 22, on the eve of the first anniversary of the tragedy, from its trust fund.
But, later no new brands deposited money to the Rana Plaza Trust Fund, which has collected $17 million so far against a target of $40 million, according to Roy Ramesh, general secretary to the IndustriALL Bangladesh Council.
Though 29 retailers had promised to contribute to the fund, only nine showed up so far, he said.
IndustriALL Global Union, a federation of global trade unions, initiated the compensation package last year involving the ILO.
“We could not disburse money to around 130 victims due to problems in their documents. They will be compensated after verification,” Ramesh said.

Of the total 3,639 victims, British retailer Primark gave compensation to 580 workers of New Wave Bottoms Ltd, a factory on the second floor of the ill-fated building from where the retailer used to source garment items.
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* Slow compensation process outshines good things: Dutch Minister:

The slow progress in disbursing compensation to Rana Plaza victims due to fund shortage ‘overshadows’ all the ‘good things’ happening in Bangladesh’s readymade garment industry, says a visiting Dutch Minister here on Tuesday.

“In the coming weeks we’ll make an analysis on what situation exactly is…so, you’ll see some actions in coming weeks or months,” Dutch Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation Lilianne Ploumen told reporters at a press conference.

She said they would interact with stakeholders and meet her European Union (EU) colleagues to see what they can do jointly to reach out to the companies that have not or sufficiently pledged fund and encourage them to do so.
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* Human bones, skull found in Rana Plaza site:

Police on Friday recovered some human bones and a skull from the site of Rana Plaza at Savar, on the outskirts of the capital.

Some street urchins found the human remains while playing at the site at about 11:30am.
Later, local people took the human remains from them and informed police.
On information, police rushed in and took the bones and the skull to the police station.
Human bones had been recovered from the collapse site earlier too.
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* Auchan faces probe over Bangladesh garment factory collapse:

French prosecutors said Wednesday they have opened a preliminary probe into supermarket giant Auchan over complaints it misled consumers over social conditions at its clothes manufacturers in the wake of last year’s deadly Bangladesh factory disaster.

The prosecutor’s office in the northern city of Lille confirmed that following a complaint by three lobby groups, it had opened a preliminary probe over misleading advertising in the context of the disaster which killed over 1,000 people.

Auchan says it had never placed any orders at the Rana Plaza garment factory which collapsed on April 24 last year after a catastrophic structural failure.

But three lobby groups last month accused Auchan in a complaint of misleading customers about working conditions overseas and claim that an investigation found labels from the chain’s “In Extenso” range in the rubble.

Sherpa, a non profit organisation for the “victims of economic crimes.” Peuples Solidaires (People’s Solidarity), and the Ethique sur l’etiquette (Ethics on Labels) collective, claim a number of witnesses, including some in Bangladesh, are available to provide evidence.
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* Justice for Rana Plaza survivors:

Pay full and fair compensation to the 2,500 workers injured in the Rana Plaza building collapse and to the families of the 1,138 deceased. In order to prevent future deaths in your Bangladesh supply chain, join 175+ companies in the legally-binding Accord on Fire and Building Safety.

Why is this important?

My name is Aklima Khanam. I’m 20 years old. I started working in a garment factory when I was 14 years old. My dad was ill and couldn’t work and my mom had to take care of my four siblings.

I started working at New Wave Style at Rana Plaza on January 3, 2013. We made clothes for Walmart and Children’s Place. Managers would say “This is for Walmart, you need to make it beautiful.”
If I spent too long in the bathroom, they would pull my hair, kick me off the stool, call me “whore” or say “your parents are children of pigs” or many other kinds of abusive language.
They would give me a ton of work and if there was one or two mistakes, they would do this. All I made was about $125 a month.
My normal workday was from 8am to midnight. Sometimes they kept us there til 2am or 3am. I worked 7 days a week. The whole time January 3rd to April 24th, I was never given a single day off.
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* Walmart: Pay Up to Families of Workers Killed at Rana Plaza:

Video message from Kalpona Akter to Walmart.

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* Walmart: End Deathtraps and Pay Compensation to Victims:

sign our petition and learn
how to take action at a walmart store:
“Do your part to end preventable murders of garment workers by signing the legally-binding Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh. Pay full and fair compensation to the victims of the Tazreen fire and the Rana Plaza building collapse.”
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* Rana Plaza victims want compensation:

Crude bomb goes off near their human chain in Savar

The victims of Rana Plaza formed a human chain at the collapse site in Savar, on the outskirts of the capital, yesterday morning to press home their six-point demand, including compensation for them according to the ILO convention.

Meanwhile, half-an-hour after the programme started an unidentified boy, aged around 13, exploded a crude bomb around 200 yards away from the programme venue and, later, fled the scene, said a witness.
Mostafa Kamal, officer-in-charge of Savar Model Police Station, said the reason behind the explosion could not be ascertained immediately.
However, the participants continued their human chain and placed the demands, including workplace security at all the readymade garment factories, a stop to termination of RMG workers and full implementation of the newly introduced wage board.
Under the banner of “Rana Plaza Garment Workers Trade Union Kendra”, the speakers alleged that neither the government nor the BGMEA was taking heed of their compensation.
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* Rana Plaza victims block highway for compensation:

The organisation also formed a human chain at the Rana Plaza collapse site, where they made their demands

 

Garments Workers’ Trade Union staged a demonstration in Savar yesterday to press home their six-point demands to ensure the safety of garment workers at workplaces and the implementation of International Labour Law Convention.

The organisation also formed a human chain at the Rana Plaza collapse site, where they made their demands.
Later, the workers of readymade garments factories put up a barricade on the Dhaka-Aricha Highway.

Apart from the organisation’s leaders and activists, relatives and family members of the Rana Plaza collapse victims took part in the agitation programme.
Speakers at the human chain said although it has been over one year since the Rana Plaza collapse, victims of the incident have yet to receive the compensation which they deserved to get.

A worker said they had only received assurances of compensation, but have not been compensated in more than a year since the tragedy.
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* Rana plaza victim claims rape:

A victim, who had survived the deadliest factory disaster of Rana Plaza collapse, has allegedly been raped in Savar bank town area on Thursday.

Police has arrested the rapist Shahabuddin and sent him to the court in this connection.
The victim was sent to One Stop Crisis Center of Dhaka Medical College for medical examination on Sunday.

The girl worked at New Wave Bottom Factory of Rana Plaza.
Savar model police station Officer-in-Charge (Investigation) Dipak Kumar Shah said: “Shahabuddin called the girl over by phone on June 5 saying that he would provide financial assistance to the victims of Rana Plaza. The girl went to Savar bank town area around 4pm where she was raped by Shahabuddin.”

He said: “Hearing her hue and cry, locals rescued the girl and informed the police.”
Victim’s mother has filed a case in this regard, said the OC.
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* 13 Months After Rana Plaza:

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Amirul Haque Amin and protesters in Bangladesh call for compensation for victims of Rana Plaza

The 24th of May 2014 marked 13 months since the tragic Rana Plaza building collapse, which killed 1138 garment workers in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

News of the disaster, which was the largest industrial accident in recent history, spread quickly around the world.
Many consumers were shocked that the workers were making clothes destined for the European and US high street market. Despite the scale of this accident, widespread press coverage and a global campaign, many of the brands that were sourcing garments from Rana Plaza have not paid compensation to the victims and their families.

Many families and injured survivors are still uncompensated and in dire circumstances.

To mark the 13 month anniversary of the collapse, families of victims together with injured workers and survivors gathered to protest the lack of proper compensation. Since the collapse, the National Garment Workers Federation (NGWF) has been supporting families and victims in their struggle for compensation and accountability. NGWF joined the protesters on the 24th of May to form a human chain outside the National Press Club in Dhaka, demanding immediate action from those involved in the accident.
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* ACC nods Rana Plaza case sans Rana:

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) gave approval to file lawsuits against 17 people except Sohel Rana, owner of Rana Plaza, for not following the building codes while constructing Rana Plaza.

Parents of Rana also are included in the accused list.
The approval came from a regular meeting of ACC at the commission on Thursday afternoon.
Deputy Director (Public Relations) of ACC Rajab Kumar Bhattacharya confirmed the matter to banglanews.

ACC sources said no cases would be filed against Sohel Rana as his name was not found on any documents related to the construction of Rana plaza.
On April 24, 2013, over 1,130 people died as the 8-storey Rana Plaza collapsed.
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* ACC needs to dig deeper into Rana Plaza case:

The approval by the Anti-Corruption Commission of the case to be filed this week with the Savar police against 17 people over their alleged involvement in irregularities in the construction of Rana Plaza that collapsed on April 24, 2013 leaving at least 1,138 dead and two thousand more injured, mostly permanently, has raised questions.

It has done so because, according to a New Age report on Friday, the 17 people accused do not include Sohel Rana, one of the key suspects in the incident although his parents, the architect of the building, the local municipal mayor and some other officials, and the owners of the apparel factories housed in the building were included.

It is widely known that Sohel Rana was a local leader of the youth front of the ruling Awami League. Moreover, he was well connected to the then local lawmaker, also belonging to the ruling party.
And it was his political influence that largely gave indulgence to local municipality authorities in giving permission for the illegal extension of the building to 01 stories. More importantly, everything — having the architect design the building, the approval of the building’s plan and the construction of the building — was reportedly done under his direct supervision.
The management of the building also reportedly lay with him.
Without the political clout Rana enjoyed, it was hardly possible for one to use the building designed as a shopping mall for industrial purposes, something that, according to experts, significantly contributed to the collapse of the building.
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* ACC sues 17 for Rana Plaza construction irregularity:

ACC deputy director SM Mofidul Islam files the case

The Anti-Corruption Commission has filed a case against 17 people including parents of Sohel Rana for their alleged involvement with construction irregularities in building the nine-storey Rana Plaza that collapsed on April 24 last year.

ACC deputy director SM Mofidul Islam filed the case with Savar police station on Sunday afternoon.

The ACC, however, did not included the name of Sohel Rana with the case as the building was owned by his father and the name of Sohel Rana was not found in any of the documented evidences, an ACC official said.

The accused in the case include Savar municipality mayor Refayet Ullah, Rana’s father Abdul Khalek and mother Morjina Begum, the architect of the building and associate professor of the architecture discipline department of Khulna University ATM Masud Reza, Savar municipality ward 7 councilor Mohammad Ali Khan, and three garment unit owners – Phantom Apparels Ltd Chairman Mohammad Aminul Islam, New Wave Bottom Limited Managing Director Bazlus Samad and Ether Tex Limited Chairman Azizur Rahman.
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* Case lodged over Bangladesh building collapse:

Anti-graft commission accuses 17 people of violations over the 2013 garment factory collapse that killed 1,130 people.

Bangladesh’s Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has filed a case with local police accusing 17 people of breaching regulations over the construction of a building that collapsed last year, killing nearly 1,130 mostly garment workers, officials have said.

The April 2013 collapse of Rana Plaza, built on swampy ground outside Dhaka, ranks among the world’s worst industrial accidents and sparked a global outcry for improved safety standards in the world’s second-largest exporter of ready-made garments.

“Our investigation found, they grossly breached the building code,” commission spokesman Pranab Kumar Bhattachajee said on Sunday.

The accused include the parents of Mohammad Sohel Rana – the individual previously cited as the owner of Rana Plaza – as well as a local mayor, engineers and three owners of garment factories that used the building, the ACC officials said.
They do not include Rana himself, who was arrested after a four-day hunt shortly after the building collapsed, apparently trying to flee across the border to India.
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* Rana not prosecuted as he’s not owner of Rana Plaza on paper:

Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) has not prosecuted Sohel Rana, the owner of ‘Rana Plaza’, in the case filed by the graft watchdog over irregularities in construction of the infamous multi-storey building that collapsed at Savar killing more than 1100 people last year.

Sources at the ACC said, SM Mafidul Islam, Deputy Director of the commission, filed a case with Savar Model Police Station on Sunday afternoon. When contacted, the Officer-in-Charge of Savar Model Police Station said Rana had been exonerated as his name did not figure in any of the property documents.

In the case, 17 persons, including Rana’s late mother, have been made accused. Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) of Savar Shafiqul Islam said the ACC will investigate the case. ACC decided to probe Rana’s assets four days after the building had collapsed on April 24, 2013.
The investigation revealed that Rana had been doing his financial transactions through 23 accounts that he had in different banks. RAB arrested Rana from Benapole 4 days into the 9-storey Rana Plaza disaster, according to a news agency.
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* Rana to be named in case: ACC:

Sohel Rana, son of Rana Plaza owners, will be included in the charge sheet as one of the main accused in a case filed by the Anti-Corruption Commission, for his alleged involvement in tampering with the construction of the collapsed building.

The commission investigation found two witnesses who confirmed that Rana actually controlled the construction of the building while his parents were nominal owners of the building, an ACC director told New Age on Sunday.
He said the commission also asked the investigator to submit the charge sheet to the commission, within this week, after including Rana’s name.

The ACC on June 15 filed a case against 17 people in total, including Rana Plaza owners Abdul Khalek and Morjina Begum, parents of Sohel Rana, and Savar municipality mayor Refayet Ullah, with Savar model police station.
At the time, the ACC said it would include Rana’s name in the charge sheet if witnesses confirmed his involvement with the construction.
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* Compensating the victims of Rana Plaza – what role for the OECD?:

Ahead of the OECD Global Forum on Responsible Business Conduct that is being held on June 26 – 27 in Paris, OECD Watch and TUAC are holding a side event looking at the role of the OECD and national contact points in compensating Rana Plaza victims.

OECD Watch and the Trade Union Advisory Committee to the OECD (TUAC) have just released a new publication that outlines what the OECD and national contact points need to do in order to ensure the much needed USD40 million is raised for the victims and survivors of the Rana Plaza building collapse.

Ineke Zeldenrust from Clean Clothes Campaign will be joined on the panel by Dan Rees from the International Labour Organisation and Ben Vanpeperstraete from UNI Global Union.

The new publication calls on states through the national contact points (NCPs) to provide access to effective remedy.
TUAC and OECD Watch want the NCPs to make a collective commitment in their Statement  ‘One Year After Rana Plaza”, in line with their responsibilities under the proactive agenda, to work with brands linked to Rana Plaza, as well as brands with significant ties to Bangladesh, to resolve the funding crisis.  In addition they want NCPs to:
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* UK government tells retailers to pay up in Rana Plaza compensation battle:

International development minister says he is writing to companies who have not yet contributed

The government is weighing into the battle for compensation for victims of last year’s Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh with a letter warning British retailers including Matalan to pay up.

The cut-price clothing chain, based in Skelmersdale, Lancashire, has admitted that its clothes had been produced on the second floor of the factory building, where over 1,100 people died, but has refused to pay into a compensation fund backed by the International Labour Organisation.

The company says it was not using Rana Plaza when the building collapsed and has insisted that it has already helped victims with a donation to a charity support programme to mothers involved in the disaster.
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* OECD meets in Paris with Rana Plaza on the agenda:

Over a year after the collapse of Rana Plaza the compensation fund remains woefully underfunded.

Today sees the start of a two day high level international meeting of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in Paris that will discuss efforts to build more responsible supply chains.

Ahead of the meeting of Ministers from across the world UK Minister for International Development, Alan Duncan MP, has written personally to a number of UK based brands who were associated with Rana Plaza calling on them to make significant contributions to the ILO backed Rana Plaza Donor Trust Fund.

In an interview in today’s Guardian, Mr Duncan says “”We have to raise the pressure over a year after the event to make sure a complete compensation package is assembled.”  He added that retailers could not claim that they weren’t aware of where their clothes were produced because production had been sub-contracted by their suppliers.”
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* Governments call on brands to pay up:

Clean Clothes Campaign welcomes leadership shown by governments in strongly urging clothing brands to pay into the Rana Plaza Donor Trust Fund.

The following statement is in response to the final statement on compensation Rana Plaza victims that you can read here.

Clean Clothes Campaign welcomes today’s statement from the governments of the Netherlands, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Denmark, Italy and Spain calling on companies to immediately “donate generously to the [Rana Plaza Donor] Trust Fund.”

These governments have taken political responsibility where companies have failed to act, which is a significant step in getting compensation for all victims” says Ineke Zeldenrust, of Clean Clothes Campaign, “it is not acceptable that 428 days since the collapse of Rana Plaza the Donor Trust Fund is still lacking US$23 million.  Brands can no longer look for excuses, they must pay up.”

The statement is released as Ministers from around the world meet in Paris, alongside the International Labour Organisation (ILO), and representatives of trade unions and NGOs, at the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Global Forum on Responsible Business Conduct.

The ILO and UNI Global Union, alongside Clean Clothes Campaign, have expressed deep concern that the fund is still running short of the much needed funds, and whilst the Forum looks at ways to improve responsible business in the future the governmental statement highlights the fact that “the lack of compensation for the victims weaken[s] the improvements realized up to now in Bangladesh.”
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The combined profits of the 29 brands that have been directly linked to Rana Plaza is well in excess of US$22 billion a year,” adds Ms. Zeldenrust, “they are being asked to contribute less that 0.2% of these profits to go some way towards compensating the people their profits are built on.”
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* CID asked to submit Rana Plaza probe Aug 13:

A Dhaka court has ordered the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) to submit the probe report on Rana Plaza collapse on August 13.

Dhaka Senior Judicial Magistrate Washim Sheikh passed the order as the CID failed to submit the report on Monday morning.

Earlier, the court had fixed June 30 for submitting the report. But, Investigation Officer Bijoy Krishna Kar, an assistant superintendent of police of CID, failed to meet the deadline.

Two cases were filed with Savar police station following the collapse of Rana Plaza.

Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha (Rajuk) filed a case against the building owner for the structural fault found at the building and constructing the structure using substandard materials and violating building code.
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* Seven European countries urge retailers to contribute to Rana Plaza fund:

The governments of seven European countries have asked retailers to immediately put in their contributions to the Rana Plaza Trust Fund as the victims are yet to receive adequate compensation more than one year after the deadly industrial disaster.

The message came in a joint statement from the governments of the Netherlands, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Denmark, Italy and Spain, read out by Liliane Ploumen, Dutch minister for foreign trade and development cooperation, at a meeting of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development in Paris last week.
“We recommend that companies that sourced in Rana Plaza contribute to the established trust fund… immediately, and we invite all companies irrespective of whether they have any sourcing links to Rana Plaza to also contribute,” she told the OECD Global Forum on Responsible Business Conduct on June 26.
“Finally, we also urge the government of Bangladesh and the BGMEA to increase their contribution and ensure their public accountability.”

The trust fund needs  $40 million to fully compensate the victims, but has only received $17 million so far, nearly half of which has been given by one company alone, British retailer Primark, the statement said.
Of the $17 million, $4 million has already been disbursed to the victims, according to Roy Ramesh Chandra, secretary general of IndustriALL Bangladesh Council, the local chapter of IndustriALL, the global union federation which was instrumental in drafting in the trust fund.
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* OECD ministers urge clothing chains to contribute to Rana Plaza trust fund:

OECD ministers have called upon international textile firms to contribute to the compensation fund for victims of the Rana Plaza factory disaster in Bangladesh.

They also pledged to be engage with clothing chains in their own countries and urge them to contribute to the fund, said a statement adopted in Paris and signed by ministers from a number of major European countries.

The joint statement by the ministers of Foreign Trade of Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom was posted on the website of the government of the Netherlands on Monday.
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* Rana Plaza victim fighting cancer:

But their dream of living a decent life was shattered on April 24, 2013 when the Rana Plaza collapsed

 

Once the eleven-year-old garment worker Anna managed to escape death from the debris of Rana Plaza but it has always stalked her like a shadow. 

When a girl of her age usually goes to school she with her two-year older sister, she came to Dhaka to help their six-member family. They joined a garment factory located on the sixth floor of the ill-fated Rana Plaza.

But their dream of living a decent life was shattered on April 24, 2013 when the Rana Plaza collapsed.

Like any other day the two sisters went to the factory in the morning. Her elder sister Banya managed to escape unscathed but a large beam came crashing down on Anna’s right hand. She was pinned to the ground unable to budge even an inch.

She had remained like that for two days before rescuers pulled her out of the rubble by severing her right hand. After that she returned to her village home Komarpara of Narkili under Jamalpur with her sister Banya.

Banya got admitted into Class V in a school in the village. Anna too was spending her time playing with her toys and girls of her age. She even forgot that she lost one of her arms. But little did she know what was befalling her next.

One day she fell to the ground while playing and she received injury on her right knee. She had been on medicine for two months under a doctor in Jamalpur town but in vain. She was then taken to Dhaka on June 11 by the advice of her doctor.
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* BGMEA list set to put missing at 160:

The apparel makers’ body BGMEA may finalise the list of 160 readymade garment (RMG) workers, who still remained missing after the Rana Plaza tragedy at Savar in Dhaka in April last year.

The Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) took the move a year after the collapse of the Rana Plaza on Apr 24 last year, killing at least 1,131 garment workers and maiming many others.

The BGMEA move came in the face of pressure from both local and international organisations, as in the absence of a list of the victims their families were not getting any help from the authorities despite their frantic efforts.

The apparel factory owners pledged adequate compensation for family members of those killed in the Rana Plaza collapse.

At the seventh annual general meeting held in April last the apparel makers’ body formed a 12-member committee to prepare the list of missing workers, sources said.
The committee, headed by BGMEA vice president SM Mannan Kochi, also comprises government officials.

There were 347 workers claimed to be remaining missing initially. Of them, 177 were identified through DNA tests.
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* ACC finally implicates Rana in Rana Plaza case:

The Anti-Corruption Commission on Tuesday approved a charge sheet into the Rana Plaza construction case including the name of building owner, Sohel Rana, an ACC official said.

ACC commissioner M Shahabuddin told New Age the graft-watch body will appeal to the court to show Sohel Rana arrested in the case.
Investigation officer of the case SM Mofidul Islam will submit the charge sheet before a special court in Dhaka within a day or two, the commissioner said.
The commission on June 15 filed a case against 17 people, including Rana’s parents Abdul Khalek and Morjina Begum, whose names were mentioned in the documents of ownership, and Savar municipality mayor Refayet Ullah, with Savar model police station.
ACC said it included Rana’s name in the charge sheet as one of the main accused, for his alleged involvement in tampering with the construction of the collapsed building.
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* TUC calls on retailers to answer to MPs over Rana Plaza compensation:

The TUC is calling on all UK retailers which source clothing from Bangladesh to attend a meeting in Westminster today (Tuesday) where they will be asked what they are doing to support the victims of the Rana Plaza factory collapse, that killed over 1,100 people in April last year. 

The meeting has been called by Alison McGovern MP, shadow minister for international development and vice chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Ethics and Sustainability. It is being supported by the TUC and campaign organisation Labour Behind the Label.

It is six months since the International Labour Organisation-administered Rana Plaza Donors Trust Fund was established to support the victims and their families. But the Fund is still £13m short of its target amount because many retailers who sell clothes made in Bangladesh on the UK high street have yet to contribute, says the TUC.

Commenting on the meeting TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “It is shocking that more than 2,000 workers injured in the tragedy along with the families who lost relatives last year still have not been paid all the compensation they are owed.

“This money is urgently needed to provide medical support and income to the victims. All companies which are making money from clothes made in Bangladesh have an ethical obligation to donate to the Fund – not just those who were sourcing goods produced at Rana Plaza.”
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* Sohel Rana included in charge-sheet of ACC finally:

The Anti-corruption Commission (ACC) has finally included in the charge-sheet Sohel Rana, owner of Rana Plaza in Savar, which collapsed on April 25 in 2013, killing 1,129 people.

He has been included in the list of the accused for constructing the building with faulty design.

The Commission approved on Tuesday the charge-sheet against 18 people including Sohel Rana who was not earlier included in the accused list while the anti-graft body decided to file a case against them.

Different organisations and rights activists blasted the ACC for not including Sohel Rana in the accused list.
The charge sheet was approved at a regular meeting of the Commission, ACC Commissioner M Shahabuddin Choppu told the reporters.

He said the ACC decided to include Sohel Rana in the accused list as the Commission found him guilty later. “We decided to include him as we found him guilty,” he said.
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* Rana finally charged in ACC case:

Finally the name of Sohel Rana, who was excluded in the case filed by the Anti-Corruption Commission on the construction of Rana Plaza in violation of the building code, has been included in the charge sheet.

The ACC yesterday approved the charge sheet in the case filed on June 15 with Savar Police Station, saying the accused in league with each other had built Rana Plaza violating the Bangladesh National Building Code. The building collapsed last year, killing at least 1,135 people.

The case was lodged against Savar municipal mayor, Rana’s parents and 14 others.
“During the investigation, several FIR-named accused stated that Rana exercised influence in constructing the faulty building and setting up garment factories illegally in the shopping complex,” ACC Commissioner Shahabuddin said, explaining why Rana’s name was finally included in the charge sheet.
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* ACC to implicate Sohel Rana as well:

Earlier, while approving the charges on June 12, the commission spared Rana, who is a Jubo League leader from Savar

The Anti-Corruption Commission has found evidence that Rana Plaza owner Sohel Rana was also involved in the irregularities while constructing the faulty eight-storey commercial building that collapsed on April 24 last year.

The commission will soon file charges against 18 people including Rana’s father Abdul Khalek and mother Morjina Begum, officials said.

Earlier, while approving the charges on June 12, the commission spared Rana, who is a Jubo League leader from Savar.

The other accused in the case are Savar municipality Mayor Refayet Ullah, architect of the building and Khulna University teacher ATM Masud Reza and Savar municipality ward 7 councillor Mohammad Ali Khan. Owners of three garment units housed in the building – Phantom Apparels Ltd Chairman Mohammad Aminul Islam, New Wave Bottom Limited Managing Director Bazlus Samad and Ether Tex Limited Chairman Azizur Rahman, have also been named in the charges.
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* ACC submits charge-sheet in Rana Plaza collapse case :

The Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) on Wednesday submitted charge-sheet against 18 people, including Sohel Rana, in the Rana Plaza collapse case.

ACC deputy director M Mofidul Islam submitted the charge-sheet before a Dhaka court, ACC public relations officer Pranab Kumar Bhattacharya told UNB.
The Commission on Tuesday approved the charge-sheet incorporating the name of Sohel Rana, the key accused of the deadly building collapse.

The accused named in the charge-sheet include Sohel Rana, his parents Abdul Khaleque and Marjina Begum. Savar Municipality mayor Refat Ullah, former chief executive officer of Savar Municipality Uttam Kumar Roy, its executive engineer Rafiqul Islam, commissioner Haji M Ali Khan (Ward 7, Savar), architect ATM Masud Reza, Engr Sajjad Hossain and former town planner of Savar Municipality Farjana Islam.
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* Bangladesh charges 18 over garment factory collapse:

Bangladesh’s anti-corruption agency filed charges on Wednesday against 18 people accused of breaching regulations over the construction of a building that collapsed last year killing more than 1,130 people.

The April 2013 collapse of the Rana Plaza, built on swampy ground outside Dhaka, ranks amongst the world’s worst industrial accidents and sparked a global outcry for improved safety. Most of the victims were garment workers.

The accused include the owner of the building, Mohammad Sohel Rana, and his parents, the local mayor, engineers and three owners of garment factories that used the building.
The Anti-Corruption Commission had previously not listed Rana as his name did not appear in documents covering ownership of the land and design approval, which instead listed his parents.

“The charge sheet has been filed against 18 people, including Rana after further investigation found his involvement,” commission spokesman Pranab Kumar Bhattachajee told Reuters.
Of the accused, Bhattachajee said: “Investigation found that they grossly breached the building code.”
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* Rana among 18 chargesheeted:

The Anti-corruption Commission (ACC) submitted Wednesday a charge sheet against 18 people including Sohel Rana, owner of Rana Plaza in Savar, in the court.

ACC deputy director M Mofidul Islam submitted the charge sheet before the Dhaka Chief Metropolitan Magistrate’s Court, ACC public relations officer Pranab Kumar Bhattacharya told reporters.

On Tuesday, the Commission approved the charge sheet against 18 people including Sohel Rana who was not earlier included in the accused list while the anti-graft body decided to file a case against them.
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* Samples did not match Rana Plaza victims:

DNA tests of Matuail remains

A DNA test of the samples found from 29 pieces of human limbs at the Matuail landfill in the capital did not match that of any Rana Plaza victim. 

The human remains at the landfill were recovered on June 23 last year.
The national DNA profiling laboratory at Dhaka Medical College Hospital submitted the detailed findings of the test before the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate court on June 26 the same year and the samples were sent to the laboratory on September 15.

Dr Sharif Akteruzzaman, head of the laboratory, told the Dhaka Tribune that it was suspected that the recovered remains were those of Rana Plaza victims.
“But we did not find any matches,” he said.

The doctor, however, refused to disclose the specific number of DNA profiles found in the test.

Police, court and laboratory sources said among the 29 pieces, complete DNAs of two males and one female were found. The test also found mixed DNAs (both male and female) of five people.
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* The day the Rana Plaza garment workers died:

New documentary tells the stories of those who survived the collapse of a clothing factory near Dhaka

Trapped in darkness for days before eventually escaping the rubble, Rojina Begum was one of thousands injured in the worst industrial disaster of modern times – when the Rana Plaza clothing factory in Bangladesh collapsed.

More than 1,000 people died when the factory outside Dhaka, which made clothes for companies such as Matalan and Primark, fell down in April last year. A year on from the tragedy, Ms Begum is one of several survivors remembering their ordeal in a new documentary. Many are speaking about their experiences for the first time.

The disaster could have been avoided, with warnings of cracks in the building the day before ignored. Ms Begum said: “After I went inside I saw the rumour was true. There was a crack in the pillar and the rods had come out. There were cracks in the ceiling too. It could collapse any time. I told my sister, ‘We made a mistake coming. Let’s leave.'” They never got the chance.

“I stood there and screamed and as soon as I screamed I fell into darkness. I was calling my sister’s name. Everyone was screaming. I was thinking, where is my sister?”

She remembers finding herself lying in a dark cramped space. “My arm was trapped under rods, beams, machines and tables. My head hurt and I was bleeding from my ear. Many of the people around me had died. Their blood rolled down my body.”
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* BBC Documentary Rana Plaza victims share ordeal:

April 24, 2013, the worst industrial disaster of modern times happened in Savar, outskirt of the capital. Rana Plaza, a clothing factory collapsed leaving 1,134 people dead.

A year on from the tragedy, several survivors, who were behind the screen, remembered their ordeal in a BBC documentary titled ‘Clothes To Die For’.

Audience can watch it on BBC Two over BBC iPlayer early Monday 3:00am (Bangladesh Time) where the Rana Plaza victims will be speaking about their experiences for the first time, reports the Mirror on Sunday.

The reports included the story of a braved Bangladeshi woman Rojina Begum, who was one of thousands injured, trapped in darkness for days before eventually escaping the rubble.

She had amputated her own arm to escape from the fallen Rana Plaza considering the curse of her own fate.

Here, we are publishing the story of Rojina reported by the British tabloid for banglanews24.com readers.

Sewing machinist Rojina Begum had spent three days trapped in a mountain of rubble surrounded by the stench of more than 1,000 decomposing bodies.

As Rojina grew weaker, a voice suddenly came out of the darkness.

A doctor had found her but the only way she could be freed was to amputate her left arm which was partly crushed under a beam.

The 26-year-old mum said: “The doctor tried to amputate it but couldn’t reach.

“I said, ‘No matter how hard it is, amputate my arm’. He said ‘I’m giving you a saw and you can do it yourself.’

“At first I said, ‘I can’t. I have no strength.’ It was the start of the third day.

“He said ‘Give it a try.’ I said, ‘OK, give it to me’ and I cut it.

“I never thought that I’d have to ­amputate my own arm. But I was forced to by the situation.

Rojina, who was one of the victims of Rana Plaza collapse said that on April 24 last year the eight-storey building collapsed, killing 1,134 people and injuring more than 2,400 others.
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* Rana Plaza victims want compensation:

Survivors and family members of those who died in the Rana Plaza collapse formed a human chain at the site in Savar yesterday demanding that they be compensated before Eid-ul-Fitr.

Several hundred demonstrators also marched on the Dhaka-Aricha highway from the site to Rajalakh Farm road, said witnesses.
Addressing the human chain, Nurul Islam, a garment worker who was injured in the nine-storey building collapse, said over a year has passed since the tragedy and he has not been compensated yet.

“After being injured in the building collapse, I cannot work for long in one setting, and so it is difficult for me to get jobs,” he said, adding that his four-member family is dependent on him.
Speakers alleged that the government and BGMEA authorities have received foreign aid for the victims of Rana Plaza, but instead of distributing the money among the victims, they have grabbed it for themselves.

Garment Workers’ Trade Union Centre, Garment Workers’ Front and Rana Plaza Garment Workers’ Union jointly organised the programme.
Emdadul Islam, president of Rana Plaza Garment Workers’ Union, said, “So far we have been demonstrating peacefully, and we request that the government does not force us to take to the streets.”
The building collapsed on April 24 last year leaving 1,132 people dead and scores other injured.
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* HC bench splits over bail for factory owner:

A two-judge High Court bench yesterday delivered split verdicts on a bail petition filed by Bazlus Samad Adnan, owner of a garment factory housed in the Rana Plaza that collapsed in April last year, killing at least 1,135 people and injuring scores.

Adnan, the owner of New Wave Style, had submitted the petition to the HC seeking bail in a case filed by police for negligence in protecting the lives of the victims.
Yesterday, Justice Syed Md Ziaul Karim, senior member of the HC bench, granted bail to Adnan considering that the case was filed under such section of the law which allowed the court to grant bail to an accused.
Meanwhile, junior member of the bench, Justice Ashish Ranjan Das, rejected the bail petition, saying that the negligence that the petitioner had committed in saving the lives of the victims was not a small offence, and therefore, he could not be granted bail.
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* HC rejects Rana’s bail plea:

The HC bench of Justice Nizamul Haque and Justice Jahangir Hossain passed the order on Thursday afternoon

 

The High Court has rejected the bail petition of Rana Plaza owner Sohel Rana in a case filed by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC).

The HC bench of Justice Nizamul Haque and Justice Jahangir Hossain passed the order on Thursday afternoon, Deputy Attorney General Amit Talukder said.

On June 15, the Anti-Corruption Commission filed a case against 17 people including parents of Sohel Rana, the owner of the building that collapsed on April 24 last year, killing more than 1000 people.
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* Rana Plaza victims to observe Eid at collapse site if not compensated:

They tell human chain in Savar

Several hundred survivors and relatives of the dead victims of Rana Plaza yesterday said they would observe the upcoming Eid at the collapse site and Shaheed Minar like the previous year, if they were not compensated before the festival.

They were addressing a human chain at the collapse site in Savar outside the capital marking 15 months of the disaster.
Under the banner of Bangladesh Garment Workers’ Solidarity, and Rana Plaza Khotigrasto Sramik o Poribarbargo, they also brought out a procession from the venue to Savar Kancha Bazar.
Expressing agony, injured Nurul Islam, who was the only earning member of his family, said now he became a burden on his family as he could not work.
Saiful Islam, father of deceased Nilufa, said he was still to get any help from any quarter.
Emdadul Islam, president of Rana Plaza Garment Workers’ Union; and Taslima Akter, coordinator of Bangladesh Garment Workers’ Solidarity, spoke among others.
They also sought aid from the prime minister’s fund.
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* 59 families of Rana Plaza victims get aid:

Maya claimed that the government had given financial support to all the Rana Plaza victims and their families

Families of 59 Rana Plaza victims, who have been missing since the day of incident on April 24 last year, yesterday were given Tk18,000 each as financial support ahead of Eid.

Red Crescent Society gave the money in association with Motorola Solution Foundation. Disaster Management and Relief Minister Mofazzal Hossain Chowdhury Maya distributed the aid at a programme in the Red Crescent headquarters at Nayatola in the capital.

Maya claimed that the government had given financial support to all the Rana Plaza victims and their families.

“We are also trying to identify the unidentified victims of the incident. The list of missing persons has also been prepared. They were also given financial support by the government and many non-government organisations.”
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* Joyless Eid awaits Rana Plaza victims:

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Victim families of Rana Plaza collapse form a human chain on the site in Savar, outside the capital, yesterday demanding compensation for those who lost their lives, sustained injuries and went missing in the nine-storey building collapse on April 24 last year. Photo: Star

Compensation still eludes hundreds

Hundreds of survivors of the Rana Plaza collapse and relatives of the deceased and missing victims continued their demonstrations at the building site in Savar for the third day yesterday, demanding compensation which has been eluding them for the last 15 months.

The protesters again declared that they would observe the upcoming Eid-u-Fitr at the Rana Plaza site and march towards the Central Shaheed Minar in the capital like the previous year, if they were not compensated before the festival.
Different labour bodies are organising the demonstration, which is supposed to continue today.
At the protest site, Zobaida Begum, mother of the deceased Ruhul Amin, said she lived on the income of Ruhul, and was now struggling for survival now, as her poor eldest son could not meet the needs of his own family, while her husband was too old and sick to work.

Showing her torn sari, Zobaida said, “Every Eid, Ruhul presented me at least two saris, which I used year long. But it stopped last year.” The wretched woman said, “Eid brings no joy for me except some sorrowful memories of my dead son Ruhul.”
“I cannot manage three meals a day. What will Eid mean to me?”
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* Matalan bows to pressure to compensate Rana Plaza victims:

UK clothing chain Matalan has bowed to pressure and made a donation to the UN-backed fund to compensate the victims of the Rana Plaza factory collapse – one day before the deadline for payments.

The retailer, however, refused to say how much money it had offered to the fund, reports The Guardian.
The announcement came after UK shadow international development secretary Jim Murphy and UK shadow international development minister Alison McGovern wrote to Matalan boss Jason Hargreaves, the son of the chain’s billionaire founder John, asking him to reconsider the retailer’s position and pay into the compensation fund, which is well short of its $40m (£24m) target.

The collapse of the Bangladeshi factory killed 1,129 people and injured 2,515 in April 2013. Matalan was the only large British retailer not to have donated money, according to the campaign group 38 Degrees.
The group’s Susannah Compton said: ‘This week, tens of thousands of people emailed, called and tweeted Matalan to tell them they couldn’t walk away from the devastating consequences of the Rana Plaza disaster.’
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* Matalan to donate for Rana Plaza victims:

Bowing to pressure from campaigners, budget clothing firm Matalan has announced to donate to an UN-backed fund for victims of a collapsed clothing factory Rana Plaza in Savar of Dhaka.

However, the company has not disclosed how much it will pay to help compensate people left with disabilities, and families who lost their main providers, reports The Independent of UK.

Campaigners remain concerned as it did not clear how much it will pay for the victims, the report said.

On Monday, the campaign groups launched a social-media campaign which saw tens of thousands of people send emails, make calls and send tweets urging Matalan to contribute.

On Wednesday, Shadow Secretary of State for International Development Jim Murphy, and Shadow Development Minister Alison McGovern also called on Matalan to pay towards compensation.
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* Eid void of happiness for families of Rana Plaza victims:

On Eid day, the Dhaka Tribune also visited the homes of several other Rana Plaza victims, only to find that the colours of the festival had not reached those households

 

The joys and festivities of Eid continue to evade the families of Rana Plaza victims, many of whom are living in financial uncertainty after losing their only breadwinner in the disaster.

During the three Eid festivals that followed the tragic day on April 24 last year, sorrow had been a constant companion for the family of Shyla Akhter, a garment worker who remains missing since the collapse of the building she worked at.

Reshmi Begum, Shyla’s sister who is also a garment worker, said: “Shyla is the youngest child of my parents. She had been working in garment factories since she was 11 years old and been supporting the family after our father’s death in 2003.

“Now this five-member family is totally dependable on me, even though I am married and I also have a child and husband whom I have to support.”

Family members said Shyla’s 78-year-old mother Zamila Begum had only searched for the body of her daughter instead of running to different organisations seeking compensation. The family got only Tk30,000 in compensation through bKash, reportedly by the Rana Plaza Donors Trust Fund.

Reshmi said: “Our family needs Tk11,000 per month to meet our household needs. But I am earning only Tk4,500 per month… We do not know how we should try to get compensation now.”

Although the government and several organisations have initiated separate efforts to compensate the victims’ families, many still claim that they have received little or no amount of the money.

The BGMEA claims it had already spent Tk14 crore to compensate the families, said Taslima Akter, coordinator of Garment Workers Solidarity. The prime minister’s fund also had Tk105 crore remaining to be spent, with only Tk22 crore so far distributed, she added.

Irish clothing retailers Primark has set aside a $9 million dollar fund for the victims who worked on the third floor of the building, Taslima said, adding that the Rana Plaza Donors Trust Fund already has Tk141 crore deposited with a target of reaching the Tk320 crore mark.

Asked about compensations to Rana Plaza victims’ families, Dhaka Deputy Commissioner Tofazzal Hossain Mia said: “Very soon the money deposited in the prime minister’s fund will be distributed among the families of Rana Plaza victims. We are now nearing the end of investigating the proper identification of victims’ families as we want to distribute the money to the actual dependants.”

“However, we do not know about the missing people,” he added.

On Eid day, the Dhaka Tribune also visited the homes of several other Rana Plaza victims, only to find that the colours of the festival had not reached those households. The victims’ relatives neither donned any new dress nor cooked any special food to celebrate the occasion.

“Every day remains the same since I have lost my husband. Nothing changes, nothing new happens, everything is deteriorating day by day,” said Nazma Akter Lily, who lost her husband Jewel in the Rana Plaza collapse.

At the time of the disaster, Lily was already pregnant and gave birth to her son Zunayed six months after her husband’s death.

“Although I have got some amount of money, but our future is still uncertain. When I went to the Savar thana nirbahi officer [for compensation] he became angry and shouted at us telling us not to disturb him any more,” Lily said.

Asked about the issue, the thana nirbahi officer, Kamrul Hasan Mollah, said: “It is not true that we became agitated against the victim’s family. We told them that once we get the money, we will provide it to them as soon as possible.”

Meanwhile, only 200 metres away from the Rana Plaza site, the Dhaka Tribune came upon a building which housed three families who had lost a total of four of their relatives in the disaster.

Although the surrounding houses were abuzz with the sound of Eid celebrations, the building stood silent devoid of any sign of festivity.
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* Rana Plaza fund gets 44% of estimated $40m compensation money:

The Rana Plaza Coordination Committee, a body of representatives of global trade unions, retailers, factory owners and governments, has failed to collect even half of the committed fund of US$ 40 million to pay workers and families of the victims who were killed in the building collapse.

In September 2013, national and international stakeholders came together to form the committee to develop a comprehensive and independent process that would deliver support to the victims, and their families and dependants in a manner consistent with international labour standards.

As a neutral chair of the committee, International Labour Organisation established the Rana Plaza Donors’ Trust Fund in January 2014 to collect contributions from buyers and other private donors.

The committee urged 29 global brands that procured products from the five factories housed in the Rana Plaza to contribute to the Trust Fund, but most of the brands are yet to pay.  In last six months a total of US$ 17.7 million has been deposited into the fund which is only 44.25 per cent of the committed amount.
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‘It is frustrating that less than 50 per cent of the expected US$ 40 million is yet to be collected and most of the brands did not contribute,’ IndustriALL Bangladesh Council secretary general Roy Ramesh Chandra told New Age on Friday.

He said if the 29 global brands that procured products from the five factories housed in the Rana Plaza contributed 0.2 per cent of their profit into the fund the expected US$ 40 million would be available as the brands gained a net profit of over US$ 2 billion in last year.
‘It is a shame and painful that the workers and  the families of the victims who were killed in the building collapse did not get compensation even after one-and-a-half year of the tragic incident.
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* Savar Foundation continues its Rehabilitation Efforts:

The Savar Foundation, a charitable organisation targeted towards the relief and rehabilitation of victims of the Savar Rana Plaza disaster which happened a year back, is continuing its work.

On July 26, it has donated Tk 160,000 to family members of four garment workers who died in the catastrophic accident. The cash amounts were handed over to the victims’ families at the Adhar Chandra High School in Savar.

Sabina Yesmin, who worked in a garments factory at Rana Plaza, was the primary source of earning in her family. After she died, the family has been suffering a lot, because of not having received enough compensation from the authorities. Cash help of Tk 40,000 has been provided to her husband Ashraf Ali.

Sujit Saha also worked in the same building and suffered the same fate. Monetary help has also been provided to his family, his mother Nila Saha receiving the contribution.
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* Rana Plaza probe at final stage:

Charge sheets in 3 cases likely this month; 42 to be accused

Investigators have found a total of 42 people responsible for the Rana Plaza collapse that left at least 1,135 people dead and scores maimed in April last year.

The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of police has “almost completed” the probe into the country’s worst industrial disaster in Savar on the outskirts of the capital, and it is likely to submit two charge sheets to the court within this month.
However, Assistant Superintendent of Police Bijoy Krishna Kar, who is leading the investigation, recently told The Daily Star that they would not be able to submit the charge sheets by August 13 as they were asked to by a Dhaka court last month. The CID may seek more time for this on that day.

Rana Plaza owner Sohel Rana, owners of the garment factories housed in the building, some officials and engineers of Savar municipality and the Department of Inspection of Factories and Establishment (DIFE) have been found to be responsible for the collapse of Rana Plaza and the loss of lives, he said.
According to Bijoy, owners of Rana Plaza and the garment factories had forced the staffs and workers of the factories to work inside the building even after cracks were found in the building. So, the owners are responsible for the deaths and will be accused of killing people in the charge sheets.

The then executive engineer, assistant engineer, sub-assistant engineer and town planner of Savar municipality have been found responsible for giving clearance to constructing garment factories inside the building without consulting experts.
The DIFE officials, who had issued the licence for using the commercial building for industrial purposes without even inspecting the building and examining necessary construction features, will also be accused in the charge sheets.
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* Matalan slammed for “trivial” compensation payments to Rana Plaza victims:

Cheap clothes giant Matalan asked to pay UN backed scheme £3m donates only £60,000, representing just £50 to each family of a worker killed.

Labour rights campaigners and 38 degrees members are condemning Matalan for making what they claim is derisory payment to the families of those killed and injured at the Rana Plaza building collapse in April last year

Last week Matalan finally agreed to pay into the Rana Plaza Donors Trust Fund, over six months after it was set up by the International Labour Organisation to fund compensation payments to the dependents of the 1338 workers killed and 2000 workers injured in the disaster.
Yesterday it became clear that the Skelmersdale based company, which makes a profit of over £100 million a year, had paid no more than £60,000 to the Fund, just 2% of the £3million demanded by campaigners, and representing a payment of just £50 to each killed worker.

Until last week Matalan was the only major British retailer linked to the Rana Plaza factory that had not contributed to the Rana Plaza Donors Trust Fund, despite sustained calls for it to pay up, including a direct request from the UK government.

The company relented last Thursday following a major consumer campaign driven by 38 degrees members that saw the company receive over 1000 social media messages per hour and which forced them to temporarily suspend their customer helpline.
Protests by 38 degrees members continued over the weekend, calling on Matalan to publicly disclose the amount paid, a demand refused by the company.
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* Triangle Shirtwaist and Rana Plaza- Same Struggle:

Protesters gathered today in front of the St. Regis Hotel in New York City to call on Ralph Lauren to sign onto the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh to improve workplace safety for garment workers.

The protest preceded Ralph Lauren’s annual shareholders meeting where the AFL-CIO Reserve Fund (its investments) had a proposal on the ballot related to human rights reporting.

At today’s shareholder meeting, Nazma Akter, president of the Sommilito Garments Sramik Federation, representing 70,000 workers, spoke to the protesters and called on Ralph Lauren join with more than 180 brands that have agreed to participate in the Accord.
The Accord is a binding and enforceable agreement that represents a new model in supply chain accountability and risk management.
Other programs to audit and monitor for workers’ safety follow the same model that has failed the hundreds of workers who have died in preventable garment factory fires and building collapses over the past 20 years.

Akter spoke in the name of “women like me, who produce goods for Ralph Lauren in Bangladesh.”
Young women are 80% of the garment workforce in Bangladesh.
Most of the more than 3,600 workers killed and seriously injured in the April 2013 Rana Plaza factory collapse were young women.
Hundreds of children were orphaned when their parents were killed in the collapse.

But Rana is only the most notorious of recent deadly workplace disasters in factories along the global supply chains of major U.S. and European brands and retailers.
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* NBR in a fix over Dhaka DC’s request:

Wealth info of Rana Plaza owner

The National Board of Revenue (NBR) is in a dilemma over providing information to the Dhaka district administration about wealth of the owners of the collapsed Rana Plaza and five other garment factories, housed in the same building, due to a legal bar.

The Deputy Commissioner (DC) of Dhaka earlier sought all necessary information about wealth of those taxpayers from the NBR. The former is required to confiscate their properties as per a High Court (HC) order.

According to section 163 of the income tax ordinance 1984, the taxmen are bound to maintain privacy of all types of taxpayers’ information.

Problems surfaced when the DC, Dhaka sent a letter to NBR seeking details of moveable and immovable properties of the taxpayers in question.

The issue was discussed in a recent board meeting of the NBR, presided over by its Chairman Ghulam Hussain.

In the meeting, the NBR high-ups decided to seek opinion of the Ministry of Law and Parliamentary Affairs in this matter.

Talking to the FE Sunday, a senior NBR official said there is no scope to share taxpayers’ information with any other entity.
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* Rana Plaza collapse:

A Dhaka court on Wednesday asked the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) either to submit probe report or to explain the situation to the court with the case docket (CD) in two cases filed in connection with Rana Plaza building collapse last year.

Senior Judicial Magistrate Kazi Shahidul Islam of the Chief Judicial Magistrate Court of Dhaka fixed September 18 to submit the reports.

Bijoy Krishna Kar, the Investigation Officer (IO) of the case, could not submit the reports yesterday. During the last 16 months the date for submission of the probe reports were deferred eight times.

Rajuk filed one of the two cases against the building owner, Sohel Rana, for structural faults of Rana Plaza building and for violating the National Building Code.

Savar Police Station filed the other case against Rana, his father Abdul Khalek, and the owners of the five garments housed in the nine-story building for the loss of lives.

Sheulli Akter, wife of Jahangir Alam, whose body was recovered on April 24, filed another case against Rana.
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* CID asked to submit report on Rana Plaza collapse:

On June 30, the court asked the CID to submit the probe reports before the court on August 13

A Dhaka court has asked the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) to submit its probe reports by September 18 in two cases filed in connection with the Rana Plaza collapse.

Dhaka Senior Judicial Magistrate Kazi Shahidul Islam passed the order as CID Assistant Superintendent Bijoy Krishna Khar, also the investigation officer of the cases, failed to submit the probe reports yesterday.

On June 30, the court asked the CID to submit the probe reports before the court on August 13.

Meanwhile, Additional Public Prosecutor Anwarul Kabir Babul yesterday filed a petition before the court seeking a progress report of the investigation of cases.

Babul said: “We filed a petition with the court seeking a progress report on the investigation, and the court granted it and asked the CID to submit a progress report.”
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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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* Rana Plaza fund to roll out in two weeks:

The ILO-managed Rana Plaza Trust Fund will finally start its disbursement of compensation in two weeks.

Some 332 victims will receive the first instalment of their compensation within the next two weeks, Srinivasa Reddy, country direction of the International Labour Organisation, told The Daily Star.

The pay-out has been delayed for the failure of many international retailers to put in their committed amounts into the trust fund by April 24, the first anniversary of the industrial accident that claimed 1,138 lives and injured thousands, he said.
So far, $17.9 million has been collected against the requirement of $40 million to adequately compensate the victims.

Subsequently, the Rana Plaza Coordination Committee in a meeting on August 14 resolved to write to the retailers, asking them to release the funds in good time for completion of the compensation process by the end of October.

Retailers that are yet to make contributions are:
Adler Modemärkte, Grabalok, Ascena Retail, Iconix (Lee Cooper), NKD, Auchan, JC Penney, PWT (Texman), Benetton, KANZ/Kids Fashion Group, Robe di Kappa, Carrefour, LC Waikiki, Yes Zee, Cato Fashions and Manifattura Corona.
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Reddy said the Rana Plaza Claims Administration has already completed the list of recipients for compensation.
Earlier in April, the victims and dependents of the deceased were given Tk 50,000 each to help them get by for now and open bank accounts, which exhausted $2 million from the $17.9 million fund.

Mikail Shipar, labour secretary, said: “The retailers made their commitments but now they are not following through.” Meanwhile, many dependents of the deceased complained that they were not included in the compensation lists yet.
Take, for instance, Akkas Mia, who lost his daughter-in-law in the tragic event.
She left behind a husband and a son, both of whom are now residing with Mia.
He said his daughter-in-law’s name has not been put in the compensation list.
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* Rana Plaza exposes fashion’s lack of accountability:

On April 24th, 2013, the Rana Plaza building in Savar, Bangladesh, became the site of the worst tragedy in the history of the fashion industry.

The building, which housed several garment factories supplying high-street fashion retailers including Mango, Matalan and Benetton, collapsed. 1,134 people were killed, and over 2,500 injured.

When the story broke, brutal images of young women trapped under rubble and bloodied survivors shocked the world, and statements of remorse spilled out of spokespeople for Primark and Bonmarché, both of whom were supplied by the factory at the time of the disaster.

And yet, justice has not come.
The fashion brands implicated have faced no criminal charges or punishments of any kind and efforts to compensate the victims and their families have fallen far short of their targets.
How could this have happened?
In the year since Rana Plaza collapsed, fresh scandals involving the fashion industry have peppered the news. Alleged cries for help from workers found stitched into the labels of Primark’s clothing; Bangladeshi garment workers resorting to hunger strikes over outstanding salaries.

Have we forgotten the appalling incident at Rana Plaza in the face of more recent scandals?
And why have the fashion brands implicated still not been held accountable?
Following the tragedy, the Rana Plaza Arrangement (RPA) set up a compensatory scheme to protect victims and their families who had lost a family member or suffered life-changing injuries in the catastrophe.

Claims for compensation received by the RPA were to be funded by the Rana Plaza Donors Trust Fund, a money pot “open to contributions from any organisation, company or individual”.

This is where the problems begin.
The fund was “open to” contributions — it did not demand them.
The UN agency International Labour Organisation backed the fund, yet did nothing to enforce payments into it, despite having a long list of the companies who used the factories.
There was no organisation, institution, or law to make sure this fund was filled.
And as a result, it was not.

The RPA estimated that the fund would need to collect $40 million to cover the expected claims. As of 4 August 2014, the current total is just under $17.9 million; the fund is not yet half-full.
Fashion companies’ reluctance to offer compensation has been astounding. UK clothing retailer Matalan, who admitted to using the factory the month before it collapsed, paid into the fund one day before the deadline for payments.

It only did so after tens of thousands of people lobbied the retailer via e-mails and calls, and Twitter users bombarded the brand with over 1,000 tweets an hour.
When Matalan finally did pay up, it was clear that the brand did not accept any responsibility.
“We wish to make it clear that we have never been ordered by any organisation to pay compensation or been found culpable for the tragedy,” said Matalan’s chairman, Allan Leighton.
“However, our company is happy to continue to make substantial contributions to help the people who need it most.”

Other brands have been less “happy” to pay.
Neither US retailer JCPenney or Italian multinational Benetton have contributed, despite clothing destined for their shop floors being found amongst the rubble of Rana Plaza.

This incident makes clear that the fashion industry has a serious problem of accountability. JCPenney and Benetton were responsible for Rana Plaza.
So were Primark, Mango, Bonmarché, Monsoon Accessorize, Walmart, Joe Fresh, and all of the fashion companies who had clothing manufactured there.
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* No back-to-school for many Rana Plaza kids:

Right now The Children’s Place is raking in millions as families wrap up their back-to-school shopping.
For destitute children affected by Rana Plaza — the deadliest apparel industry disaster in world history — “back-to-school” is a luxury that many can no longer afford.

Please join us in calling on The Children’s Place — the largest pure-play children’s specialty retailer — to not forget the children of the Bangladeshi workers who were making their products the day that Rana Plaza collapsed.

After suffering from a life of poverty due to the low wages their parents received sewing garments for The Children’s Place and other multinational corporations, 3,000 children lost a parent at Rana Plaza.

Another 200 were orphaned, and many others now live with a parent who lost a limb and can no longer work, or who struggles to cope with severe trauma.
As they continue to wait for Children’s Place to pay its full share of compensation, many of these children have had to leave school and go to work to help put food on the table for their families.
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* Compensate Rana Plaza victims adequately: rally:

Leaders of the Bangladesh Garment Sramik Sanghati on Thursday at a rally in the city called on the government and garment factory owners to give adequate compensation to family members of the victims of Rana Plaza collapse.

They also called on the government to stop harassment on the affected workers’ family members and ensure exemplary punishment to those the responsible for the building collapse.

Garment Sramik Sanghati organised the rally in front of the Bangladesh Garment Manufactures and Exporters Association Bhaban at Kawranbazar. Rana Plaza collapsed on August 24, in 2013, at Savar Bus Stand, killing 1,170 people and wounding several hundred, most of them garment workers.

Taslima Akhter Lima, the coordinator of Sramik Sanghati, demanded adequate compensation for family members of the affected workers. She demanded disbursement of money from the prime minister’s fund which has already grown to Tk 105 crore.
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* 332 victims compensated:

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The ILO-managed Rana Plaza Trust Fund awarded Tk 10.79 crore last month to the first batch of 332 victims of the building collapse, said Srinivasa Reddy, country director of the International Labour Organisation in Bangladesh.

The fund will soon be transferred to the victims’ fixed deposit accounts with Dutch Bangla Bank, he said.

“The fund was supposed to be transferred a lot earlier, but it was delayed due to conversion of their savings accounts into fixed deposit ones,” Reddy told The Daily Star by phone.

The Rana Plaza Coordination Committee, formed to complete the compensation process, decided to pay through fixed deposit accounts as such accounts will yield better returns for the victims, he said.

“We will pay another 800 victims by the 20th of this month,” Reddy said.

The coordination committee has so far identified more than 3,600 victims, including workers, their relatives and dependants.

The committee will wait for a few more days to finalise the list of the victims so that nobody is deprived of compensation, Reddy said. The ILO will also publish advertisements in newspapers to look for any missing victim, he said.
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* Families of Rana Plaza victims rally for compensation:

Families of the Rana Plaza victims on Friday at a sit in programme in the city demanded exemplary punishments for the people responsible for the Rana Plaza collapse and adequate compensations for the victims and their families.

Bangladesh Garments Sramik Sanghati organised the sit in programme in front of the National Press Club in Dhaka where the family members of the Rana Plaza victims spoke. Shahida Begum, mother of Shanta who was killed in the building collapse, said that they were facing police threats whenever they come with demand for compensations.

Khalil Mia, family member of another garment worker demanded more compensation to run their family. Taslima Akhter, the coordinator the organisation, called on the government to disburse the money which was accumulated in the Prime Minister’s Relief Fund for the family members of the Rana Plaza victims.
She demanded exemplary punishments of the responsible for the collapse.
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* Rana Plaza victim families want proper compensation:

 Families of the victims of Rana Plaza collapse at sit-in in front of the National Press Club on Friday demanded exemplary punishment of people responsible for the disaster and proper compensations for victim families.

The nine-storey Rana Plaza at Savar that housed five apparel factories and a market collapsed on  April 24, 2013, leaving more than 1,100 people, mostly apparel workers, killed and scores maimed.
Bangladesh Garments Sramik Sanghati, an apparel worker organisation, organised the sit-in in front of the National Press Club which was also addressed by families of the Rana Plaza victims.

The families of the people killed, missing and injured attended the programme.
Mother of Shahida Begum, who was killed in the collapse, said that they were facing police threats when they demanded proper compensations. Like her, many of the victim families alleged that they were not compensated properly.

Garments Sramik Sanghati coordinator Taslima Akhter called on the government to disburse the money which was accumulated in the prime minister’s fund for the families of the Rana Plaza victims. She called on the government, the owners of apparel factories that were housed in the collapsed building and the Bangladesh Garments Manufacturers and Exporters Association leaders to take steps to compensate the victim families properly.
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* Unfortunate – for govt, for Rana Plaza victim families:

It is unfortunate that families of the workers killed in the Rana Plaza collapse, along with the workers maimed or injured, have to take to the streets demanding proper compensation even 16 months after the disaster.

As New Age reported on Saturday, they held a sit-in under the banner of Bangladesh Garment Sramik Sanghati in Dhaka on Friday to push for the demand. What is worse is that, as speakers at the programme said, many of them were even starving in the absence of proper compensation.

The Rana Plaza that housed five clothing factories collapsed on April 24, 2013 resulting in the death of more than 1100 people, mostly apparel workers, and injuries to more than 2,000.
Necessarily, the disaster, worst among such incidents the nation ever saw, sent a huge shockwave not only across the nation but also the world giving rise to flurries of promises, particularly from the government and apparel retailers in the United States and Europe, major destinations of Bangladeshi apparel products, to stand by the victim families with financial and other supports, including measures to rehabilitate the people who became unable to work because of the accident.

In addition, hundreds of local businesses and individuals reportedly contributed more than Tk 100 crore to the prime minister’s relief and welfare fund over the issue while the Rana Plaza coordination committee, a body of representatives of global trade unions, retailers, government and factory owners, decided in line with the relevant ILO convention to provide about Tk 20 lakh for 3,059 people each affected by the disaster.

Regrettably, however, there are reportedly still many victim families who have hardly received money from the prime minister’s fund, and the coordination committee has so far provided only around 580 beneficiaries with Tk 50,000 each.
Unfortunately, as the mother of a victim alleged, they have had to face police threats for demanding the promised compensation.
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* Canadian activists urge their govt to support Rana Plaza victims:

More than 50 Canadian organisations yesterday requested their government to put pressure on Canadian retailers, who buy garments from Bangladesh, to donate to the Rana Plaza trust fund soon.

In an open letter, the organisations also called upon the Canadian government to match all corporate and other contributions to the trust fund, and encourage the Bangladesh government and industry associations to increase their contributions.

More than 16 months into the Rana Plaza building collapse, the trust fund has received less than half of the $40 million needed.

“Canada must step forward, starting with a call from the federal government to Canadian retailers sourcing from Bangladesh, to contribute generously to the trust fund,” said Hassan Yussuff, president of Canadian Labour Congress, in a statement.

Lynda Yanz, executive director of Maquila Solidarity Network, said: “If we fail to fill this funding gap today, many of the survivors that can no longer work and families of those killed at Rana Plaza could face a future of abject poverty, and the surviving children could be denied an education and forced to work under hazardous conditions.”
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* Rana plaza tragedy: Rescuer Yusuf fighting for normal life:

Yusuf Ali Sardar (45), a rescue worker of Rana plaza building collapse has been fighting for normal life on the bed of the Centre for the Rehabilitation of the Paralysed (CRP) at Savar since May 25, 2013.

He is yet to return to normal life as different parts of his body are not functioning properly, doctors of the CRP confirmed it to this correspondent.

Yusuf Ali, one of the heroes in Rana Plaza rescue operation came to one of his relative’s house in Dhaka on April 21, 2013 from Rajbari.

Incidentally his relative used to work in a garment unit at Rajjak Plaza opposite to Rana plaza.

On April 24 after hearing the information of the Rana Plaza collapse Yusuf Ali rushed to the spot and joined other people in the rescue work.

After rescuing several dead bodies when he tried to rescue a woman a pillar of the collapsed building fell on him and he got stuck in the garbage. Allaudin Mia who is looking after Yousuf Ali narrated this.

Dr. Mostafa Kamal, head of nursing department of CRP said, “After his admission to CRP we found him in a critical condition. He got injured in the spinal cord. For this reason he has lost the power of all parts of his body.”
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* Rana Plaza victims demand capital punishment for building owner :

The victims under the banner of Garments Sramik Trade Union held the human chain

Rana Plaza victims formed a human chain and staged demonstration in Savar yesterday, demanding capital punishment for Rana, owner of the collapsed building.

The victims under the banner of Garments Sramik Trade Union held the human chain.
Injured victims of the Rana Plaza collapse and family members of those killed and missing took part in the programme.
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* Final date for submission of new claims Sept 30:

The Rana Plaza Coordination Committee is calling all victims of the Rana Plaza building collapse, including all those employed in the Rana Plaza and adjacent building, rescue workers or any others suffering injury, who have not yet submitted a claim to do so immediately, prior to the closure of the scheme to new claims on September 30, said a statement.

In the statement, the committee said claims should be submitted at the Rana Plaza Claims Administration Office (RPCA), Cantonment Board Office (Old), Savar Cantonment. Those who believe they do have a claim should contact the office on 01733336022 to book an appointment. No new claims will be registered following September 30. The filing of any claim is free of charge.

The Government of Bangladesh, BGMEA, trade unions, NGOs and brands and retailers formed the Rana Plaza Coordination Committee (CC) in September 2013 with the purpose of ensuring payments to the victims, their families and dependents for losses and needs arising from the accident.

A claims process was established based on International Labour Organisation (ILO) standards on employment injury. Payments are funded by various sources and notably through the Rana Plaza Donors Trust Fund, which is open to contributions from any organization, company or individual wishing to support the delivery of financial and medical support to the Rana Plaza families.
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* Compensation claim deadline ends today:

The deadline for submitting claims for compensation by the victims of Rana Plaza tragedy ends today.

The victims including all those employed in the Rana Plaza and adjacent building, rescue workers or any others suffering injury can apply asking for the compensation to the Rana Plaza Claims Administration Office at Cantonment Board Office (Old), Savar Cantonment, said a press release.
Those who believe they do have a claim should contact the office on mobile phone 01733336022 to book an appointment.

No new claims will be registered after 30th September 2014, the release added.
The government of Bangladesh, BGMEA, trade unions, NGOs and brands and retailers formed the Rana Plaza Coordination Committee (CC) in September 2013 with the purpose of ensuring payments to the victims, their families and dependents for losses and needs arising from the accident.
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* No further compensation for 800 Rana Plaza victims:

Around 800 people, who made compensation claims to the mass compensation committee formed by International Labour Organisation, will not receive any further compensation as the committee had judged that the claimants had not suffered any physical or mental disability. 

The committee called Rana Plaza Claims Administration on Tuesday made the decision after the Centre for Rehabilitation of the Paralysed in Savar completed thorough medical check-ups of all the injured claimants.

A total of 2,849 victims and their dependants applied for compensation to the committee.
The ILO-appointed executive commissioner of the Rana Plaza Claims Administration, Mojtaba Kazazi, told New Age on Tuesday that the 800 workers had already received Tk 50 thousand each in advance along with the rest of the claimants.

‘In addition, the Irish retailer Primark had paid each of the victims and their families Tk 45 thousand each as wage for nine months,’ said Kazazi. ‘So, they were paid Tk 95,000 [each] which should be considered as the minimum ceiling for mass compensation,’ he added. Kazazi also said that the committee on Tuesday had deposited Tk 12.7 crore to the bank accounts of 1,500 settled cases as a
first instalment – which amounts to 40 per cent of what they were due to be paid.
The second instalment, amounting 60 per cent of the total due, will be paid later.
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* Rana Plaza victims receive first installment of compensation:

The Rana Plaza coordination committee has paid the first installment of compensation to the victims of the building collapse, including those who were injured in the collapse and families of workers who were killed.

A total of 1552 members of the deceased workers’ families and 35 injured workers received the compensation.

Yesterday 127 million taka in compensation was paid into the bank accounts of the family members of the deceased and injured victims from the Rana Plaza donors’ trust fund, the international fund created for the compensation. Of this, approximately 12.58 million taka went to the families of the deceased and 1.37 million to the injured workers.

It is not known how much was given per each deceased worker. The number of family members of the workers varies and not everyone gets the same amount of money.
The payment is given based on the dependence of the children, spouses, siblings and parents on the deceased workers.

This is just part of the compensation. As all the payments have not been made fully to the fund, there are apprehensions about full payment.
So far 19.8 million dollars, equal to about 1.55 billion taka, has been deposited into the fund, that is, only 50% of the full amount. Full compensation requires 3.20 billion taka.

Syed Sultan Uddin Ahmed, member of the Rana Plaza arrangement coordination committee and assistant executive director of the Bangladesh Institute of Labour Studies (BILS), yesterday said that compensation has been deposited in the bank accounts of 1587 persons. They can now withdraw the money as and when they need.

Several members of the coordination committee say that before the money was deposited into the bank accounts, the money from the prime minister’s relief fund was deducted.
Also, the majority of injured workers who have been paid are victims of major injury. All of them received assistance from the prime minister’s relief fund and so have been paid less now.
The injured workers who are to receive compensation later are relatively less injured. They haven’t received anything from the prime minister’s fund and so will receive more money in compensation.
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* 1,587 Rana Plaza victims get help from ILO-managed fund:

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Some 1,587 Rana Plaza collapse victims and their families received the first installment of their compensation from the ILO-managed Trust Fund, officials said.

A total of Tk 127.09 million was paid on September 30 through the DBBL accounts to the victims and dependents of the deceased and injured, they added.

The Rana Plaza Coordination Committee (RPCC) so far received compensation claims from 2,849 workers and their families while 581 more have been enlisted with Primark.

“It was the first installment of compensation approved by the committee,” said International Labour Organisation (ILO) Country Director Srinivas Reddy.

He, however, did not disclose the amount of the payment each victim received.

The payment was calculated according to the wages they got, expected work duration, their ages and number of dependents and level of injuries, he added.

The remaining claimants are expected to get their payment by mid-November, he said adding the amount that has been disbursed is 40 per cent of the total $40 million required amount.
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* Rana Plaza compensation fund pays first installments to 1,587 beneficiaries:

But 16 months after the devastating collapse the official Rana Plaza Donor Trust Fund still needs US$20 million to ensure full and fair compensation to all survivors and victims families.

French brand Auchan have become the latest donor to the Rana Plaza Donor Trust Fund. The brand committed US$1.5 million to the survivors and and victims families through the official ILO backed compensation fund, bringing the total in the fund to just under US$20 million.

When announcing the donation, Auchan cited the Ministerial statement, signed by seven EU governments including France, in June, as a factor in donating now.  The statement recommended “companies that sourced in Rana Plaza donate generously to the Trust Fund, either for the first time or with a second contribution to come to an appropriate amount”.  This commitment from Governments was reiterated last week by those in attendance at the ILO-OECD roundtable on responsible sourcing in the textile and garment sector.

The fund now has just under half the estimated US$40 million that it is needed to ensure all the survivors and families of the 1,138 victims and the over 2000 injured receive full and fair compensation.

Clean Clothes Campaign and our partners in Bangladesh welcome this donation but continue to express dismay that almost 18 months after the worse industrial accident to hit the garment industry there is still not sufficient funds to ensure all victims families and survivors receive the much needed compensation they are entitled to according to the “Rana Plaza Arrangement” set up by all key stakeholders involved.

The process to ensure all victims and beneficiaries have been identified and assessed, has now been completed.  A total of 2,849 claims were received, comprised of 5,099 injured persons and dependents of the deceased and missing workers. For all beneficiaries bank accounts were opened.

At the start of October, awards were approved for the first 1,587 beneficiaries. They received an installment in their bank account that (after deduction of previous payments) comes to  40% of the calculated compensation each of them is individually owed. The awards for the remaining almost 2,500 beneficiaries are expected to be approved in the coming few weeks, and they also will receive payments to the level of 40% of the amount they’re entitled to. The remainder of the payment will be paid when more funds are collected.

CCC is very pleased that the first batch of awards have been approved and paid through a transparent and independently overseen process, according to international standards. We are however dismayed that the industry has failed to pay up sufficiently for the full awards to be deposited in the bank accounts. “What are brands waiting for? They all say they support  the Rana Plaza Arrangement and that the calculations, overseen by the ILO, are fair and just. But unless all brands up the amounts they’ve paid in so far, the Arrangement can’t pay the claims in full. ” Says Ineke Zeldenrust, Clean Clothes Campaign, adding  “ whilst we welcome Auchan’s contribution it still falls short of the €5million we believe they should contribute given the size of the company and their presence in Bangladesh.”

As well as the inadequate amounts the brands who have contributed have made, the fund also is lacking all the funds needed as major clothing brands such as Italian brand Benetton, and French megastore Carrefour, one of the biggest buyers in Bangladesh, have still failed to make even an initial contribution.
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* No justice in sight: 18 months on from Rana Plaza:

For many of the survivors of Rana Plaza the physical wounds are beginning to heal, but the lasting impact is just beginning to be felt.

Labour Behind the Label has been meeting survivors and families of victims of the Rana Plaza collapse in Bangladesh this week and is shocked and deeply saddened by the number of people who, 18 months on, are unable to find work or rebuild their lives.

Factory owners are turning ex Rana Plaza workers away, judging them as too ‘damaged’ and too much of a risk to take on,” says Samantha Maher, of Labour Behind the Label, who has been in Bangladesh this month, “it is shocking to see how defeated so many people are, especially in comparison to the other workers we met.”

In the aftermath of the terrible collapse in April 2013, much has been done to prevent another disaster and for those who were not working in one of the five factories in Rana Plaza the measures being introduced through the Bangladesh Accord on Fire and Safety offer the hope of a safer future.

However, for more than 2,000 women and men who survived the collapse, compensation has not been forthcoming and 18 months after the collapse the compensation fund still needs US$20 million. The current shortfall is being blamed on the failure of leading brands like Benetton, who were sourcing from the factory, to make even an initial payment into the Trust Fund.

The significance of not receiving full payments can be felt most keenly when talking to young women who are head of households. Alongside the physical and emotional damages suffered they have no financial security.
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* How long must Rana Plaza workers wait for justice?:

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Garment workers and activists carry a mock coffin during a protest in Dhaka marking the anniversary of the Rana Plaza collapse.
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It was 18 months ago today, over breakfast with friends from Europe and Asia, that I first heard the news. A building had collapsed in Bangladesh and it was looking bad. The building was Rana Plaza, and that moment changed everything.

This week, the memories of that day – of those strange seconds in limbo between celebration and disaster – came flooding back as I finally made the trip to see the remains of Rana Plaza for myself.

Together with Thiru Yovel, my colleague at the Clean Clothes Campaign international secretariat, I spent the morning clambering in blistering sun over the debris of a building that had once employed more than 3,000 workers.
The full horror of what happened that day was evident in the bones and skeletons we found sticking up through the rubble.
Primark labels littered the ground along with fabric rolls and torn-up clothes. Groups of kids helped us to dig out more labels, more bones and more scraps of clothing. They pointed out the remains of a staircase and holes in the wall next door – now repaired – that were punched through by rescue workers desperate to reach the screaming victims.

As we looked around, my stomach churned with the knowledge of what had taken place that day; it was under this rubble that so many people died.

We later visited some survivors, people who are still shell-shocked by the scale of what happened to them. It was devastating to see how totally abandoned they feel. None of the workers could look us in the eye; the sense of hopelessness they expressed was painful to hear.
When I asked one worker what compensation she thought she should receive, she replied: “It doesn’t matter what I think. Our opinions don’t matter – they will never pay us anyway.”
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* Rana Plaza Survivor At peace, finally:

She finally lost her protracted battle against death. After suffering acutely for over 18 months, she died yesterday from crippling injuries caused by the collapse of Rana Plaza.

Zaheda Begum, 25, was a sewing machine helper at New Wave Bottoms Ltd., a garment factory housed on the third floor of Rana Plaza. Although she was rescued from under the rubble four days later, the injuries she received to her head and backbone proved to be debilitating.

She has remained bed-ridden ever since. Her death was precipitated by a lack of proper treatment that her family could not afford with the compensation money alone, her siblings said.

Zaheda received Tk 95,000 as compensation from Primark Buyer, a foreign company. She has yet to receive any financial assistance from BGMEA or the government, said Shaheda Begum, her elder sister.

The compensation money was spent on her treatment and maintenance, said Rasel Rana, her younger brother.

Rana works at a shop in Savar. He looked after Zaheda who could barely move and was jobless too. They were living in a rented house at Dokkhin Bokterpur of Savar.

“We did not have to pay any doctors at hospitals. We just needed to buy the medicine which was expensive,” said Rana.
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* Help eludes Dhaka garment disaster victims:

Survivors and victims’ families of 2012 collapse of Rana Plaza still awaiting adequate compensation.

Bangladesh is holding a summit looking at ways to improve the textile and garment sector.

The industry has been in the spotlight since 2012, when disasters struck several garment factories.

But most survivors and their familes said they are still waiting for compensation from top garment retailers.
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* Rana Plaza factory owner gets bail:

The High Court yesterday granted six-month bail to the chairman of New Wave Bottoms, one of the five garment factories housed in the ill-fated Rana Plaza.

Bazlus Samad Adnan, chairman of New Wave Bottoms, has been detained in jail, pending trial, since April 27 last year in connection with the two cases filed on April 24 and 25 last year against the owners of Rana Plaza and the garment factories housed in it for violating building rules and endangering people’s lives.
The government will appeal to the Appellate Division to cancel the bail, Deputy Attorney General Bashir Ullah told The Daily Star.
Justice Syed AB Mahmudul Huq and Justice Md Akram Hossain Chowdhury issued the ad-interim bail after Adnan filed a petition on November 30.
The judges also asked the government to explain why Adnan should not be granted regular bail.

Adnan’s lawyer AM Amin Uddin said he does not know whether his client is arrested in any other case or will be released from jail following the HC order.
Rana Plaza collapsed on April 24 last year, leaving 1,135 dead and thousands injured.
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* Garment owner Bazlus Samad granted 6-month bail:

The High Court on Tuesday granted six months’ bail to Bazlus Samad Adnan, the owner of New Wave Bottoms and New Wave Styles Garments, accused in a case relating to the Rana Plaza disaster that had killed 1,135 workers and maimed scores.

The bench of Justice Syed AB Mahmudul Huq and Justice Md Akram Hossain Chowdhury also asked the government to explain why Bazlus Samad should not be granted a regular bail.
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* Rana Plaza missing workers’ list sent to DCs for cross checking:

The government has sent a list of 169 workers missing since Rana Plaza collapse to 57 deputy commissioners for cross checking in their districts.

In October, the list was prepared by a committee led by Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association.
The committee members were drawn from the Department of Inspection for Factories and Establishments, Dhaka district administration and the trade unions. In October, the committee had sent the list to the labour ministry for further verification of 24 claims.

The committee told the government that it was sanguine that the first 135 workers on the list was indeed missing.
Though the committee called for the verification of only 24 claims, the labour ministry sent the full list to the district administrations for the final scrutiny, labour ministry
joint secretary Faizur Rahman told New Age Saturday.
After the final verification, he said, the list will be sent to the prime minister office for the payment of the compensations to the victims’ families.
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* Labour leaders call for adequate compensation:

Garment labour leaders on Saturday at a human chain demanded adequate compensation for the Rana Plaza victims and punishment of the owners of the building on charge of killings the workers.

More than 1,300 people, most of whom were garment workers, were killed in the building collapse at Savar Bus Stand in Savar. Bangladesh Garment Sramik Sanghati formed a one hour human chain in front of the collapsed building at Savar Bus Stand at 11:00am to press home their demands.

Family members of the affected workers also attended. Taslima Akhter, the coordinator of the organisation, alleged that family members of the affected workers did not get adequate compensation so far.
She called on the owners of factories, the government and buyers to come forward and provide adequate compensation to family members of the affected workers.
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* Rana Plaza, Tazreen victims demand compensation:

20150207 DAILYSTAR
Families of garment workers who died in the Rana Plaza collapse and Tazreen Fashions fire, and injured workers at a human chain beside Dhaka-Aricha highway yesterday, demanding compensation, treatment, and rehabilitation of workers who have become disabled, and also punishment for the accused responsible persons. Photo: Star

Relatives of garment workers who died in the Rana Plaza collapse and Tazreen Fashions fire and the injured workers formed a human chain beside the Dhaka-Aricha highway at Savar bus stand yesterday, demanding compensation.

The demonstrators formed the human chain under the banners “Rana Plaza Garment Workers’ Union” and “Tazreen Fashions Garment Workers’ Union”.

Nasima Akter, a victim of Tazreen Fashions fire, said it has been over two years since the fire occurred but she is yet to be compensated.

“We cannot pay for food much less other necessities after losing our source of income,” she said breaking down in tears.

She added that they are living inhuman lives.

Jorina Akter, president of Tazreen Fashions Garment Workers’ Union and a victim herself, said the victims need compensation immediately.

“Families of those who died are living very miserable lives after losing their breadwinners, and those who were injured cannot work anymore,” she said.
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* Global Unions say to Benetton ‘Pagare’/Pay Up!:

Countdown to second Rana Plaza anniversary: Benetton pay up on Rana Plaza compensation!

Benetton is the only major international brand confirmed to have sourced clothing from Rana Plaza which has not paid a cent into the compensation fund for victims.

IndustriALL Global Union and its sister global union UNI are leading demands for Benetton to do the right thing and pay into the fund.
The fund is US $9 million short of the US $30 million needed to fully compensate the victims, as the countdown to the second anniversary of the tragedy on 24 April begins.

Pressure is mounting on the Italian clothing giant Benetton after one million consumers signed an Avaaz petition calling on the company to pay compensation to victims’ families and the survivors of the deadly Rana Plaza factory collapse.
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* benetton has promised to pay into the Rana Plaza compensation fund:

20150220 AVAAZ
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* Italian fashion house to pay to victims’ fund:

Italian fashion retailer Benetton has agreed to pay into an international compensation fund for victims of the Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh in which 1,138 people died.

The move follows pressure from campaigners who had accused the company of dragging its heels over financial aid to survivors and families of victims in the run up to the second anniversary of the disaster on April 23.

More than a million people signed a petition on the campaigning website Avaaz urging Benetton to pay up or face embarrassing protests during next week’s Milan fashion week.

Benetton said how much it would put into the Rana Plaza Trust Fund was still being worked out in collaboration with a “globally-recognised third party” which was seeking to establish the principles underlying how much international companies who used the factory as a supplier should pay.
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* Benetton bows to Rana Plaza pay up campaign:

Italian fashion retailer Benetton has agreed to pay into an international compensation fund for victims of the Rana Plaza building collapse at Savar on the outskirts of Dhaka in which 1,138 people died.

The move follows pressure from campaigners who had accused the company of dragging its heels over financial aid to survivors and families of victims in the run up to the second anniversary of the disaster on April 23.
More than a million people signed a petition on the campaigning web site Avaaz urging Benetton to pay up or face embarrassing protests during next week’s Milan fashion week.
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* Benetton to show true colors at Milan Fashion week :

Clean Clothes Campaign marks Milan Fashion Week, which opens today, with actions across Europe calling on Benetton to stop delaying payments to the Rana Plaza victims by immediately contributing at least $5 million into the Rana Plaza Donors Trust Fund.

The actions will kick off today in Belgium where activists will participate in a die-in protest in front of the Benetton flag ship store in Brussels.
In Milan on February 28, activists will gather in Piazza Duomo. Activists from across Europe will continue to pressure the company through viral actions across social media.

Benetton has been the target of sustained campaigning since the Rana Plaza Donors Trust Fund was launched in early 2014.
At the end of last week Benetton finally announced that it was committing to paying into the Fund, but according to a short statement issued by the company on Friday it is delaying making a decision on an amount, instead contracting an ‘independent’ third party to advise on a sum which may not be announced until the anniversary.
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* Compensation for Rana Plaza collapse victims demanded:

Survivors and families of those who died in the Rana Plaza collapse formed a human chain beside the Dhaka-Aricha highway in Savar yesterday to press home their long-time demands for compensation and punishment for those accused.

Speaking at the human chain formed under the banner “Bangladesh Garment Workers’ Solidarity”, Shirina Bala, who lost her daughter Khaleda Akter in the collapse, said almost two years have passed since the tragedy but she is yet to be compensated.

She said there are many families living inhuman lives as the disaster claimed the lives of their breadwinners.

Taslima Akter, coordinator of Bangladesh Garment Workers’ Solidarity, alleged the government and BGMEA are wasting time to bury the matter.
She urged the government to meet their demands as it would be problematic for the authorities if the workers take to the street.

Rana Plaza, which housed five garment factories, collapsed on April 24, 2013 killing 1,136 workers and injuring scores others.
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* Rana Plaza victims get garments tools:

A total of 26 Rana Plaza victims here got garments devices from a local non-governmental organization on Sunday for creating their working opportunity.

Gana Unnayan Kendra (GUK) distributed the equipment to the victims with the financial support of German Cooperation. Deputy Commissioner M Ehsan-e-Elahi formally handed over the devices to the victims at a function held on the office premises of Nashratpur area of Sadar upazila as the chief guest.
He thanked the GUK for helping the victims with garments tools. Chief executive of GUK Abdus Salam, director Anzum Nahid Chowdhury and journalists were present on the occasion.
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* Primark may pay rest of Tk 30cr to Rana Plaza victims this month:

British retailer Primark is likely to disburse over Tk 30 crore to the Rana Plaza victims by this month to complete disbursement of Tk 113 crore in compensation it committed.

The company earlier disbursed around Tk 83 crore to the victims of the deadliest factory disaster in the country.
Primark through its liaison office in Dhaka, ABE Investments Plc, on Sunday filed an application to the labour ministry seeking approval for the receipt and disbursement of its pledged fund amounting to Tk 113.43 crore.

Labour secretary Mikail Shipar told New Age that the British company had sought approval for disbursement of Tk 113.43 crore with a retrospective effect for approval of Tk 83 crore it disbursed earlier.
‘Before disbursement of rest of the amount of around Tk 30 crore Primark sought government approval of its total promised amount according to the law,’ he said.
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* Rana Plaza reparation tranche okayed:

5,000 to get compensation next month

The Rana Plaza Coordination Committee (RPCC) has approved the next round of compensation payments, to be disbursed next month among 5,000 claimants, who are dependants of the deceased or injured workers, sources have said.

With this round of payment, the disbursement of compensation money will stand at 70 per cent of the total amount the beneficiaries are entitled to.

“The next phase of compensation-the remaining 30 per cent of the total amount-will be disbursed among the victims and their families before the second anniversary of the Rana Plaza collapse,” International Labour Organisation (ILO) Country Director Srinivas Reddy told the FE on Thursday.

The RPCC has so far received compensation claims from 2,850 workers and their families, and approved disbursements for 5,000 claimants, dependants of the deceased and injured workers while 581 more have registered with Primark.

The Rana Plaza Donors Trust Fund, set up by ILO in January 2014, received around US$ 21 million in donation from the Prime Minister’s Fund, global brands, trade unions and civil society in that year. But the victims will have to wait for their full compensation, as $9 million more in donation is still needed to meet the gap in the fund.

A statement issued by Clean Clothes Campaign (CCC) said the compensation amounts were calculated in line with international standards. Despite this, the brands continue to be extremely reluctant to make meaningful payments to ensure that the Rana Plaza victims receive full and fair compensation.

“Now that the next round of payments has been authorised, the fund urgently needs more donations. There will be no more money in it, which means the families will then be placed in a precarious situation of not knowing whether they will ever receive the full compensation that they are entitled to,” said Sam Maher of CCC.
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* Rana Plaza victims’ families to get second part of compensations:

Rana Plaza Coordination Committee has decided to pay a second part of compensation money to the families of 5,000 garment workers who were either dead or injured in the country’s deadliest industrial accident about two years ago.

The money, 30% of the respective sums, will be disbursed through bank accounts before April 15, said the authorities concerned.

Earlier in 2014 the families received 40% of their respective compensation figures.

The remaining 30% will be paid once sufficient fund is available, said an official of the committee.

The committee approved the new round of compensation payments on Tuesday, according to a Clean Cloth Campaign statement.

“The families will get the money before the second anniversary of the factory disaster,” ILO Country Director Srinivas B Reddy told Dhaka Tribune.
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Clean Cloth Campaign said there were still $9m shortage in the Rana Plaza Donors Trust Fund to pay the remaining parts.
The Trust Fund set up by the ILO in January 2014 received around $21m in donations from various sources including the global brands.
“The Fund urgently needs more donations (to pay the rest of the money),” said Sam Maher of the Clean Clothes Campaign.

“The $9m shortfall is totally unacceptable, and we need to see all stakeholders involved, particularly Benetton ( a retailer) and other brands, step up and fulfill their responsibility,” she said.
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* Rana Plaza coordination body okays Tk 31cr compensation:

The Rana Plaza Coordination Committee, a body of representatives of global trade unions, retailers, government and factory owners, has decided to disburse the second phase of compensation from the Donor Trust Fund among families of deceased, injured workers and survivors of the building collapse before the second anniversary of the tragedy.
A member of the Rana Plaza Coordination Committee on Thursday told New Age that a total of Tk 31.35 crore will be distributed by April 15, 2015 among the 5,000 claimants, who are dependents of the deceased as well as injured workers.

This round of payment is sufficient to pay an additional 30 per cent of each award, making the total amount received by each eligible beneficiary only 70 per cent of the amount they are entitled to, the Clean Clothes Campaign, the largest global alliance of garment industry’s labour union said in a press release.
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* Govt yet to make full list of Rana Plaza casualties, missing people:

The government could not yet prepare the full list of those who lost lives or have remained unaccounted for since the Rana Plaza collapse took place two years ago.

The authorities even could not complete the verification of the primary list.

Until now, the authorities confirmed that 100 people were missing since the factory building collapses while the claims relating to 66 other missing persons were still under verification.

A labour ministry official said that ‘the primary list of 166 missing workers’ was sent to 48 deputy commissioners for cross checking in their districts.
Until now, he said, the ministry received verification reports from 34 districts.
He said that a labour ministry report sent to the prime minister’s office last month confirmed that 92 workers from 29 districts were missing.
The status of five workers could not be ascertained, he said.
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* 98 of 166 missing workers in Rana Plaza disaster identified:

The government has identified 98 missing ready-made garments workers who worked for five apparel factories housed at Rana Plaza which collapsed in April 2013, killing over 1,135 people. 

However, Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) hadearlier prepared a list, which claimed that 166 RMG workers were missing in the devastating building collapse.

Against the missing claim by BGMEA, the government has so far identified 98 RMG workers, who are still missing, through field-level verification involving the Deputy Commissioners of the 34 districts.

“The ministry has so far received identification of 98 missing workers from 34 districts while the rest of the districtsare yet to send us their verification reports,” Faizur Rahman, joint secretary of Labour and Employment Ministry, told the Dhaka Tribune.

He also said: “We’ve already sent a list of 92 identified missing workers to the Prime Minster’s office (PMO), which will take necessary steps to compensate families of the ill-fated workers.”
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* Call for providing follow-up support for Rana Plaza victims:

Discussants at a programme on Monday stressed the need for providing the physically challenged people of the society with rehabilitation, training and job facilities.

They also called for follow-up support for 525 Rana Plaza victims, who have been trained in various trades with help from different organisations, including German GIZ and Centre for the Rehabilitation of the Paralysed (CRP).

The observations were made at a view-exchange meeting on ‘paving the way for economic inclusion of persons with disabilities’ held at the CRP in the city.
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* Rana Plaza fund is a broken promise:

15 retailers yet to pay pledged contributions

Fifteen retailers and brands that have committed to contributing to the Rana Plaza Trust Fund for the victims are yet to pay, even after two years have passed since the deadly industrial disaster claimed the lives of 1,138 workers and injured many more.

A total of 29 western retailers and brands used to buy garments from the five factories housed in the unauthorised, sprawling Rana Plaza building in Savar, about 30 kilometres from Dhaka.

“The activities of the fund are still on. We are working with stakeholders to collect and disburse funds to the victims,” said Srinivas B Reddy, country director of International Labour Organisation.

The Rana Plaza Claims Administration (RPCA) had previously estimated the size of the fund at $40 million, which was later cut down to $30 million, due to poor responses from the retailers and brands. The available fund now stands at $21 million, including the $2.49 million from the prime minister’s relief fund.

In a meeting on December 17 last year, the Rana Plaza Coordination Committee (RPCC) reviewed the estimate of the fund and reset the figure, according to Rana Plaza Arrangement, a website for information on Rana Plaza fund disbursement.
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* Rana Plaza survivor and others arrested at Children’s Place headquarters:

Nearly 30 demonstrators, including a survivor of the Rana Plaza building collapse, were arrested on 12 march 2015 after organizing a peaceful protest at Children’s Place headquarters in New Jersey.

The protestors were there to ask the company to pay compensation to victims of the Rana Plaza factory collapse, the deadliest disaster in the history of the garment industry.

Children’s Place was one of the major brands sourcing from Rana Plaza at the time that it collapsed, killing 1,138 workers and injuring another 2,500. 18-year-old Mahinur Begum, a former garment worker who was nearly killed in the collapse, was at Children’s Place to demand full and fair compensation for herself and her coworkers.

Rather than listen to this brave survivor and her colleagues, Children’s Place called police and had the peaceful demonstrators arrested. It is the latest callous act from a company that has refused to take responsibility for the deplorable human rights violations occurring in its supply chain.
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* Rana Plaza survivor arrested for seeking justice:

On Thursday 12 March, I joined a demonstration in front of The Children’s Place’s headquarters in Secaucus, New Jersey, to call on the retail company to pay the compensation it owes to the survivors and families of the 1,138 workers killed in the Rana Plaza building collapse, in April 2013 ˗ the deadliest disaster in the history of the garment industry.

The Children’s Place was one of the major brands employing workers in the building at the time it crumbled to ruins, but so far it has only contributed a mere US$ 450,000 to the Rana Plaza Donors’ Trust Fund.

According to the International Labor Rights Forum, this is seven to fifteen times less than what other large companies have contributed to the fund ˗ and half of what The Children’s Place CEO Jane Elfers earned in 2012 alone.

In a letter to Elfers, 18-year-old Rana Plaza survivor Mahinur Begun writes:

“It has been nearly two years that I cannot work in another factory. The reason is that I am still sick and going through trauma.
I tried to get another job but when I got the job, every single moment of the disaster kept coming back to me as a series of pictures.
At this moment, without a job or money, I am spending my days in a miserable condition.
Myself and the rest of the Rana Plaza survivors are still waiting to receive our full compensation. At this moment there is a US$9 million gap and we believe that The Children’s Place can pay this money.”

But instead of listening to this brave young woman who travelled all the way from Bangladesh to hand over the letter, she and 26 more of us were arrested, handcuffed, and charged with trespassing.

By doing so, The Children’s Place showed their true colours, as well as their cruel and irresponsible corporate behaviour.
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* Rana Plaza: Countdown to second anniversary begins with compensation fund still $9 million short:

20150324 INDUSTRYaLL

IndustriALL Global Union, UNI Global Union and the Clean Clothes Campaign have launched a countdown to the second anniversary of Rana Plaza, calling on brands to fill the gap in compensation for victims before 24 April 2015. 

With one month to go before the second anniversary of the Rana Plaza disaster, the three organizations negotiating compensation for its victims, are today jointly launching a countdown campaign to remind consumers, governments and the brands that almost two years on from the garment industry’s deadliest disaster, justice has still not been done for the thousands of workers killed and injured.

IndustriALL Global Union, UNI Global Union and the Clean Clothes Campaign are ramping up demands on global brands linked to the disaster to fill an US$8.5million gap in the funding needed to deliver full and fair compensation to each of the over 5,000 individuals with eligible claims.

So far US$21.5 million has been paid into the Rana Plaza Donors Trust Fund through contributions from buyers, the Bangladesh Prime Ministers Fund and other private donors.
All contributions are used exclusively to make payments to Rana Plaza victims and their families.
It is calculated that at least US$30 million is needed to cover compensation claims.
To date claimants have only received a maximum of 70 per cent of what they are owed, with further payments delayed as a result of the failure of brands to pay the US$8.5million needed to complete the scheme.
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IndustriALL Global Union General Secretary Jyrki Raina said, “For an industry that is all about image, the garment brands are taking shockingly long to do the right thing and close one of the most shameful chapters in the history book of the global clothing industry.”

“It has been almost two years since this industrial homicide; the victims and their families are owed compensation and the possibility to build a new future.”

UNI Global Union General Secretary Philip Jennings said, “The clock is ticking and we expect to see nothing less than full and generous contributions by April 24th from every brand still to pay.

“Garment industry brands pride themselves on being trend setters and responding to the fast-changing fashion world. In this case the brakes have been firmly slammed on.”

“Every cent of this money will go directly to families who have lost loved ones or to victims no longer able to work. It is the right thing to do.”

Ineke Zeldenrust of the Clean Clothes Campaign said: “The victims of Rana Plaza have had enough of the broken promises and false sympathy of the brands. They want this to be settled now so they can move on with their lives.”

Brands still expected to pay into the fund include:
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* NGWF form human chain marking 23 month of Rana Plaza & 28 month of Tazreen tragedies:

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IndustriALL affiliate NGWF form human chain marking 23 month of Rana Plaza & 28 month of Tazreen tragedies.
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To be continued.

 

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20140502
* Hasina re-calls Rana Plaza victims

20140506
* PM’s relief fund to merge with Rana Plaza package

20140507
* Rana’s associate remanded in murder case

20140508
* First job for new Benetton CEO – Pay Up!

20140510
* 500 Rana Plaza victims listed in workers’ project

20140512
* Adequate compensation sought for Rana Plaza victims

20140513
* 3 cops closed on extortion charge in Khulna

20140516
* Traumatised rescuers struggle with life

20140519
* Compensation, justice sought

20140521
* Charge-sheet after all accused held

20140523
* DNA sampling not enough

20140524
* Over 200 workers missing in 9yrs

20140525
* Victim families continue to demand justice
* Apparel labour groups mark 13 months of Rana Plaza disaster

20140526
* Compensation disbursement getting delayed

20140528
* Slow compensation process outshines good things: Dutch Minister

20140531
* Human bones, skull found in Rana Plaza site

20140601
* Auchan faces probe over Bangladesh garment factory collapse

20140605
* Justice for Rana Plaza survivors

20140606
* Walmart: Pay Up to Families of Workers Killed at Rana Plaza
* Walmart: End Deathtraps and Pay Compensation to Victims
* Rana Plaza victims want compensation
* Rana Plaza victims block highway for compensation

20140608
* Rana plaza victim claims rape

20140610
* 13 Months After Rana Plaza

20140612
* ACC nods Rana Plaza case sans Rana

20140615
* ACC needs to dig deeper into Rana Plaza case
* ACC sues 17 for Rana Plaza construction irregularity
* Case lodged over Bangladesh building collapse

20140616
* Rana not prosecuted as he’s not owner of Rana Plaza on paper

20140623
* Rana to be named in case: ACC

20140624
* Compensating the victims of Rana Plaza – what role for the OECD?

20140625
* UK government tells retailers to pay up in Rana Plaza compensation battle

20140626
* OECD meets in Paris with Rana Plaza on the agenda
* Governments call on brands to pay up

20140630
* CID asked to submit Rana Plaza probe Aug 13

20140702
* Seven European countries urge retailers to contribute to Rana Plaza fund
* OECD ministers urge clothing chains to contribute to Rana Plaza trust fund

20140712
* Rana Plaza victim fighting cancer
* BGMEA list set to put missing at 160

20140715
* ACC finally implicates Rana in Rana Plaza case
* TUC calls on retailers to answer to MPs over Rana Plaza compensation

20140716
* Sohel Rana included in charge-sheet of ACC finally
* Rana finally charged in ACC case
* ACC to implicate Sohel Rana as well
* ACC submits charge-sheet in Rana Plaza collapse case
* Bangladesh charges 18 over garment factory collapse

20140717
* Rana among 18 chargesheeted
* Samples did not match Rana Plaza victims

20140720
* The day the Rana Plaza garment workers died
* BBC Documentary Rana Plaza victims share ordeal

20140722
* Rana Plaza victims want compensation

20140724
* HC bench splits over bail for factory owner
* HC rejects Rana’s bail plea

20140725
* Rana Plaza victims to observe Eid at collapse site if not compensated
* 59 families of Rana Plaza victims get aid

20140726
* Joyless Eid awaits Rana Plaza victims

20140731
* Matalan bows to pressure to compensate Rana Plaza victims
* Matalan to donate for Rana Plaza victims

20140801
* Eid void of happiness for families of Rana Plaza victims

20140802
* Rana Plaza fund gets 44% of estimated $40m compensation money
* Savar Foundation continues its Rehabilitation Efforts

20140803
* Rana Plaza probe at final stage

20140806
* Matalan slammed for “trivial” compensation payments to Rana Plaza victims

20140807
* Triangle Shirtwaist and Rana Plaza- Same Struggle

20140811
* NBR in a fix over Dhaka DC’s request

20140813-14
* Rana Plaza collapse
* CID asked to submit report on Rana Plaza collapse

20140817
* Compensation still eludes many Tazreen, Rana Plaza victims

20140821
* Rana Plaza fund to roll out in two weeks
* Rana Plaza exposes fashion’s lack of accountability

20140827
* No back-to-school for many Rana Plaza kids

20140829
* Compensate Rana Plaza victims adequately: rally

20140909
* 332 victims compensated

20140912
* Families of Rana Plaza victims rally for compensation

20140913
* Rana Plaza victim families want proper compensation

20140914
* Unfortunate – for govt, for Rana Plaza victim families

20140918
* Canadian activists urge their govt to support Rana Plaza victims

20140920
* Rana plaza tragedy: Rescuer Yusuf fighting for normal life

20140925
* Rana Plaza victims demand capital punishment for building owner

20140926
* Final date for submission of new claims Sept 30

20140930
* Compensation claim deadline ends today

20141003
* No further compensation for 800 Rana Plaza victims
* Rana Plaza victims receive first installment of compensation
* 1,587 Rana Plaza victims get help from ILO-managed fund

20141009
* Rana Plaza compensation fund pays first installments to 1,587 beneficiaries

20141025
* No justice in sight: 18 months on from Rana Plaza
* How long must Rana Plaza workers wait for justice?

20141102
* Rana Plaza Survivor At peace, finally

20141207
* Help eludes Dhaka garment disaster victims

20141210
* Rana Plaza factory owner gets bail
* Garment owner Bazlus Samad granted 6-month bail

20141221
* Rana Plaza missing workers’ list sent to DCs for cross checking

20150125
* Labour leaders call for adequate compensation

20150207
* Rana Plaza, Tazreen victims demand compensation

20150220-21
* Global Unions say to Benetton ‘Pagare’/Pay Up!
* benetton has promised to pay into the Rana Plaza compensation fund
* Italian fashion house to pay to victims’ fund
* Benetton bows to Rana Plaza pay up campaign

20150224
* Benetton to show true colors at Milan Fashion week

20150225
* Compensation for Rana Plaza collapse victims demanded

20150302
* Rana Plaza victims get garments tools

20150310
* Primark may pay rest of Tk 30cr to Rana Plaza victims this month

20150313
* Rana Plaza reparation tranche okayed
* Rana Plaza victims’ families to get second part of compensations
* Rana Plaza coordination body okays Tk 31cr compensation

20150315
* Govt yet to make full list of Rana Plaza casualties, missing people
* 98 of 166 missing workers in Rana Plaza disaster identified

20150317-18
* Call for providing follow-up support for Rana Plaza victims
* Rana Plaza fund is a broken promise

20150318-19
* Rana Plaza survivor and others arrested at Children’s Place headquarters

20140506
* PM’s relief fund to merge with Rana Plaza package

20140507
* Rana’s associate remanded in murder case

20140508
* First job for new Benetton CEO – Pay Up!

20140510
* 500 Rana Plaza victims listed in workers’ project

20140512
* Adequate compensation sought for Rana Plaza victims

20140513
* 3 cops closed on extortion charge in Khulna

20140516
* Traumatised rescuers struggle with life

20140519
* Compensation, justice sought

20140521
* Charge-sheet after all accused held

20140523
* DNA sampling not enough

20140524
* Over 200 workers missing in 9yrs

20140525
* Victim families continue to demand justice
* Apparel labour groups mark 13 months of Rana Plaza disaster

20140526
* Compensation disbursement getting delayed

20140528
* Slow compensation process outshines good things: Dutch Minister

20140531
* Human bones, skull found in Rana Plaza site

20140601
* Auchan faces probe over Bangladesh garment factory collapse

20140605
* Justice for Rana Plaza survivors

20140606
* Walmart: Pay Up to Families of Workers Killed at Rana Plaza
* Walmart: End Deathtraps and Pay Compensation to Victims
* Rana Plaza victims want compensation
* Rana Plaza victims block highway for compensation

20140608
* Rana plaza victim claims rape

20140610
* 13 Months After Rana Plaza

20140612
* ACC nods Rana Plaza case sans Rana

20140615
* ACC needs to dig deeper into Rana Plaza case
* ACC sues 17 for Rana Plaza construction irregularity
* Case lodged over Bangladesh building collapse

20140616
* Rana not prosecuted as he’s not owner of Rana Plaza on paper

20140623
* Rana to be named in case: ACC

20140624
* Compensating the victims of Rana Plaza – what role for the OECD?

20140625
* UK government tells retailers to pay up in Rana Plaza compensation battle

20140626
* OECD meets in Paris with Rana Plaza on the agenda
* Governments call on brands to pay up

20140630
* CID asked to submit Rana Plaza probe Aug 13

20140702
* Seven European countries urge retailers to contribute to Rana Plaza fund
* OECD ministers urge clothing chains to contribute to Rana Plaza trust fund

20140712
* Rana Plaza victim fighting cancer
* BGMEA list set to put missing at 160

20140715
* ACC finally implicates Rana in Rana Plaza case
* TUC calls on retailers to answer to MPs over Rana Plaza compensation

20140716
* Sohel Rana included in charge-sheet of ACC finally
* Rana finally charged in ACC case
* ACC to implicate Sohel Rana as well
* ACC submits charge-sheet in Rana Plaza collapse case
* Bangladesh charges 18 over garment factory collapse

20140717
* Rana among 18 chargesheeted
* Samples did not match Rana Plaza victims

20140720
* The day the Rana Plaza garment workers died
* BBC Documentary Rana Plaza victims share ordeal

20140722
* Rana Plaza victims want compensation

20140724
* HC bench splits over bail for factory owner
* HC rejects Rana’s bail plea

20140725
* Rana Plaza victims to observe Eid at collapse site if not compensated
* 59 families of Rana Plaza victims get aid

20140726
* Joyless Eid awaits Rana Plaza victims

20140731
* Matalan bows to pressure to compensate Rana Plaza victims
* Matalan to donate for Rana Plaza victims

20140801
* Eid void of happiness for families of Rana Plaza victims

20140802
* Rana Plaza fund gets 44% of estimated $40m compensation money
* Savar Foundation continues its Rehabilitation Efforts

20140803
* Rana Plaza probe at final stage

20140806
* Matalan slammed for “trivial” compensation payments to Rana Plaza victims

20140807
* Triangle Shirtwaist and Rana Plaza- Same Struggle

20140811
* NBR in a fix over Dhaka DC’s request

20140813-14
* Rana Plaza collapse
* CID asked to submit report on Rana Plaza collapse

20140817
* Compensation still eludes many Tazreen, Rana Plaza victims

20140821
* Rana Plaza fund to roll out in two weeks
* Rana Plaza exposes fashion’s lack of accountability

20140827
* No back-to-school for many Rana Plaza kids

20140829
* Compensate Rana Plaza victims adequately: rally

20140909
* 332 victims compensated

20140912
* Families of Rana Plaza victims rally for compensation

20140913
* Rana Plaza victim families want proper compensation

20140914
* Unfortunate – for govt, for Rana Plaza victim families

20140918
* Canadian activists urge their govt to support Rana Plaza victims

20140920
* Rana plaza tragedy: Rescuer Yusuf fighting for normal life

20140925
* Rana Plaza victims demand capital punishment for building owner

20140926
* Final date for submission of new claims Sept 30

20140930
* Compensation claim deadline ends today

20141003
* No further compensation for 800 Rana Plaza victims
* Rana Plaza victims receive first installment of compensation
* 1,587 Rana Plaza victims get help from ILO-managed fund

20141009
* Rana Plaza compensation fund pays first installments to 1,587 beneficiaries

20141025
* No justice in sight: 18 months on from Rana Plaza
* How long must Rana Plaza workers wait for justice?

20141102
* Rana Plaza Survivor At peace, finally

20141207
* Help eludes Dhaka garment disaster victims

20141210
* Rana Plaza factory owner gets bail
* Garment owner Bazlus Samad granted 6-month bail

20141221
* Rana Plaza missing workers’ list sent to DCs for cross checking

20150125
* Labour leaders call for adequate compensation

20150207
* Rana Plaza, Tazreen victims demand compensation

20150220-21
* Global Unions say to Benetton ‘Pagare’/Pay Up!
* benetton has promised to pay into the Rana Plaza compensation fund
* Italian fashion house to pay to victims’ fund
* Benetton bows to Rana Plaza pay up campaign

20150224
* Benetton to show true colors at Milan Fashion week

20150225
* Compensation for Rana Plaza collapse victims demanded

20150302
* Rana Plaza victims get garments tools

20150310
* Primark may pay rest of Tk 30cr to Rana Plaza victims this month

20150313
* Rana Plaza reparation tranche okayed
* Rana Plaza victims’ families to get second part of compensations
* Rana Plaza coordination body okays Tk 31cr compensation

20150315
* Govt yet to make full list of Rana Plaza casualties, missing people
* 98 of 166 missing workers in Rana Plaza disaster identified

20150317-18
* Call for providing follow-up support for Rana Plaza victims
* Rana Plaza fund is a broken promise

20150318-19
* Rana Plaza survivor and others arrested at Children’s Place headquarters

20150320
* Rana Plaza survivor arrested for seeking justice

20150324
* Rana Plaza: Countdown to second anniversary begins with compensation fund still $9 million short
* NGWF form human chain

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Convention on the Rights of the Child
Universal Declaration of Human Rights

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
Peace is not an awful lot to ask
    David Crosby

I wonder who they are
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
Fairer income is not an awful lot to ask
Better working conditions is not an awful lot to ask
    A. Searcher

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