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Sunday, December 22, 2013

Bangladesh Tazreen factory fire: Police charge owners

Thirteen people, including the two owners, have been charged over a factory fire in Bangladesh in November 2012 that killed more than 100 people.
Police said they had charged Delwar Hossain and his wife, as well as security guards and managers, over the blaze at the Tazreen factory in Dhaka.
It was the country's deadliest garment factory fire. In April 2013 the Rana Plaza factory collapsed killing 1,135.
Garment workers protest in Savar, Dhaka, on 24 November 2013
Garment workers protest
 in Savar, Dhaka,
on 24 November 2013
Bangladesh has since pledged to improve conditions at its garment factories.
"Delwar and his wife Mahmuda Akter... and 11 others have been charged with death due to negligence," police investigator AKM Mohsinuzzaman Khan told the AFP news agency.
The multi-floor Tazreen Fashion factory, in the Ashulia district on the outskirts of the capital, supplied clothes to a variety of Western retailers including US giant Walmart.
The fire sparked protests from thousands of workers who claimed the building had been unsafe to work in; Delwar Hossain denied the allegations.
Dangerous conditions
The incident was subsequently overshadowed by the collapse of the Rana Plaza garment factory, also in Dhaka's suburbs, in April 2013, one of the world's worst industrial accidents.
Garment workers took to the streets of Dhaka to protest over their conditions after the fire at Tazreen factory and the collapse of the Rana Plaza factory
The disasters shone a light on the poor safety standards of...
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