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8 Dead in Bangladesh Ferry Sinking

It's not clear how many remain missing; more than 100 were onboard

(Newser) - A ferry carrying more than 100 passengers capsized and sank today in a river in central Bangladesh after being hit by a storm, and eight bodies have been recovered, an official says. Many people swam to safety after the accident and it was unclear how many remained missing, local government... More »

Why the World Should Be Worried About Bangladesh

Poor nation will be amongst those hardest hit by climate change

(Newser) - Bangladesh only produces 0.3% of the world's greenhouse gases. But few nations are poised to suffer more as sea levels rise due to climate change, the New York Times points out, in an in-depth piece on the nation's plight. The country is extremely flat, low, prone to... More »

Bangladesh Charges 13 in Deadly Factory Fire

Owners, employees could face life in blaze that killed 112

(Newser) - Police charged the owners of a Bangladeshi garment factory and 11 employees with culpable homicide today for alleged negligence leading to the death of 112 workers in a raging fire that engulfed the factory last year . It was the first time Bangladeshi authorities had sought to prosecute factory owners in... More »

H&M: We'll Pay Living Wage to Bangladesh Workers

Clothing company announces new plan

(Newser) - H&M is doing something to combat the terrible conditions that so many garment workers in Bangladesh and Cambodia endure: The cheap clothing giant will make sure the workers making its products in those countries receive a living wage, the Wall Street Journal reports. The Swedish company (fun fact: Its... More »

After Mass Trial, Bangladesh to Execute 152

161 get life imprisonment after 2009 mutiny

(Newser) - A 2009 mutiny of disgruntled border guards seeking higher wages in Bangladesh resulted in 74 deaths; now far more than that are set to die. After a mass civilian trial that began in 2011 and involved 846 defendants, 152 border guards have been sentenced to execution, Reuters and the AP... More »

I Went Undercover at a Bangladesh Sweatshop

Canadian reporter goes undercover alongside 9-year-olds for $25 a month

(Newser) - With the safety (or lack thereof) of Bangladesh sweatshops in the headlines , Canadian journalist Raveena Aulakh decided to experience the conditions at factories that make our clothes firsthand, in a report for the Toronto Star . The first surprise? The worker showing her the ropes, Meem, was a 9-year-old girl, who... More »

How Spoons in Underwear Fight Forced Marriage

They serve as airport warning

(Newser) - A charity in Britain has devised a clever last line of defense against forced marriage, and it involves an unusual trick: packing a spoon in your underwear. The Karma Nirvana charity suggests the move to victims being taken out of the UK via plane: The spoon will set off the... More »

Apologetic Would-Be Bomber Gets 30 Years

Bangladeshi plotted to blow up Fed in NYC

(Newser) - A 22-year-old Bangladeshi man who begged for leniency after pleading guilty to terrorism charges for trying to blow up the Federal Reserve Bank in New York was sentenced today to 30 years in prison. "I'm ashamed. I'm lost. I tried to do a terrible thing. I alone... More »

90-Year-Old Gets 90 Years for War Crimes

Ghulam Azam fought against Bangladesh independence in 1971

(Newser) - An Islamist leader in Bangladesh during its bloody 1971 fight for independence from Pakistan has been found guilty of war crimes. The 90-year-old Ghulam Azam, former head of top Islamist party Jamaat-e-Islami, has been sentenced to a jail term of 90 years, though International Crimes Tribunal judges said he deserved... More »

US to Drop Cushy Trade Deal for Bangladesh

But move to punish poor worker safety is largely symbolic

(Newser) - In the wake of the deadliest garment industry disaster in history , the Obama administration plans to suspend Bangladesh's preferential trade treatment, sources tell the Wall Street Journal . The US currently has a "global system of preferences" that exempts certain developing countries from tariffs, including Bangladesh. Nine Senate democrats... More »

Toss Bangladesh Factory Owner in Jail for Life: Gov't

Government report cites reasons for collapse

(Newser) - The owner of the Bangladesh factory whose collapse killed some 1,100 people deserves life in prison if found guilty of code violations, a government committee says. Sohel Rana "used extremely poor quality iron rods and cement," says the head of the committee, whose report details the reasons... More »

Another Factory Collapse Kills 2

Cambodian facility makes Asics sneakers

(Newser) - Another factory collapse is in the headlines, this one in Cambodia. The ceiling caved in at a facility outside Phnom Penh that makes Asics sneakers, reports the AP . At least two workers are dead and seven injured. It's not even close to the scale of the disaster in Bangladesh... More »

Gap, Walmart Dodge Bangladesh Safety Plan

Walmart says its own voluntary plan is better, faster

(Newser) - Major European retailers are lining up to sign a Bangladesh safety plan aimed at preventing disasters like Rana Plaza , but American companies, including the Gap and Walmart, are backing away. Walmart—which blames a "rogue employee" for an order for its clothes found in the rubble of the building... More »

As Recovery Ends, Bangladesh Offers Prayer to 1,127 Victims

Army says there are no more bodies to be found in rubble

(Newser) - A mass prayer was held today to honor the victims of the garment industry's worst-ever disaster after the military officially ended recovery efforts at the site of the Dhaka building collapse . After 20 days of digging, the death toll stands at 1,127, with 2,438 rescued alive and... More »

Worker Walkout Closes Hundreds of Factories in Bangladesh

Meanwhile, clothing companies vow to improve safety in the country

(Newser) - Bangladesh's entire renowned garment manufacturing hub has been shut down indefinitely, after 80% of its workers walked off the job. The Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association announced its decision to close the almost 500 factories in the Ashulia industrial zone "to ensure the security of our factories,... More »

'I Never Dreamed I'd See Daylight Again'

How a woman survived 17 days under factory rubble in Bangladesh

(Newser) - When the factory came crashing down around her, seamstress Reshma Begum ran from the second floor, where she was working, to a Muslim prayer room in the basement. When the rubble had stopped falling she found herself alive and miraculously uninjured, but trapped in a wide pocket of open space.... More »

Woman Miraculously Survived 17 Days Under Rubble

As death toll in Bangladesh build collapse passes 1K

(Newser) - The collapse of a Bangladesh garment factory building is now certainly among the worst industrial disasters in history, Bloomberg reports: The death toll has now hit 1,033. But today one very bright spot emerged. Rescuers say they found another survivor, a staggering 17 days after the collapse, and Reuters... More »

Yet Another Bangladesh Factory Fire Claims 8 Lives

Meanwhile, collapse toll reaches 912

(Newser) - The disasters continue at Bangladesh's garment factories. There was the fire that killed more than 100 people late last year; then another fire in January; then the building collapse whose confirmed death toll has reached 912. Now, yet another fire has killed at least eight people in a Dhaka... More »

15 Killed as Islamists Battle Bangladesh Cops

Hardliners demand anti-blasphemy law

(Newser) - At least 15 people died in clashes between police and Islamic hardliners demanding that Bangladesh implement an anti-blasphemy law, authorities said. A police official, speaking on customary condition of anonymity, said eight people, including two policemen and a paramilitary soldier, were killed in clashes just outside the capital, Dhaka, and... More »

Bangladesh Toll Passes 600

Architect says Rana Plaza was never meant to hold industrial equipment

(Newser) - Bangladesh officials have now pulled more than 600 bodies from the rubble of the garment factory that collapsed last month, with the official death toll now standing at 610. The collapse now stands as one of the worst industrial accidents ever, reports the AP , and the final body count is... More »

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