Take a minute to support Bangladeshi garment workers

By Symon Hill
August 25, 2010

Two Bangladeshi garment workers have been arrested after campaigning for improvements in working conditions. Kalpona Akter and Babul Ahkter have worked with countless workers in their own country and ethical fashion promoters in Britain.

A friend of mine who works in fashion has met Kalpona Akter and tells me that she is an “amazing” inspiration.

Please take a brief moment to tell the Bangladeshi embassy of your concern. It took me less than a minute to take action by going to http://www.labourbehindthelabel.org/urgent-actions/itemlist/category/242....

The two garment workers are leaders of the Bangladesh Centre for Worker Solidarity (BCWS). They were arrested by police in the middle of the night. Labour Behind the Label report that their arrests follow weeks of harassment against BCWS. In June, Aminul Islam, a member of BCWS staff, is reported to have been beaten by security forces.

Labour Behind the Label say that, “Every email the government receives helps to keep Kalpona and Babul safe during their detention and will ensure that the government of Bangladesh knows that the world is watching”.

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