On the Death of Labor Activist Aminul Islam

U.S. Embassy Dhaka, Bangladesh

We are profoundly saddened by the death of Aminul Islam, a dedicated labor activist working for the Bangladesh Center for Workers Solidarity (BCWS) and the Bangladesh Garment and Industrial Workers Federation (BGIWF). Reports indicate that Mr. Islam was beaten prior to his death.

Mr. Islam worked tirelessly to confront the challenges and risks facing workers in the garment industry in Bangladesh. In 2010, he was arrested and beaten for his role as an activist. His death is a reminder of the need to support labor activists around the globe, as they struggle to improve the plight of their fellow workers and the economic situation of their families. We call on the Government of Bangladesh to fully investigate Mr. Islam’s death and to hold the perpetrators accountable.

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