Aminul Islam murdered

published 03-10-2013 14:16, last modified 10-10-2013 14:12
Aminul Islam, a labour rights defender and long time partner of the Clean Clothes Campaign, was severely tortured and murdered on 4 April 2012. He had been tortured and jailed by security forces on previous occasions prior to his disappearance and killing. Sadly, no one has yet been held responsible for this murder.
"The government would have solved the murder mystery had it wished to do so. The Criminal Investigation Department is doing nothing."

Aminul Islam's wife Hosne Ara Fahima, cited in Huffington Post, 22 June 2013.

Repression against trade unionists and labour rights activists in Bangladesh is a serious problem, and workers’ protests have often been met with violence in recent years.

The Clean Clothes Campaign is calling for the Bangladeshi authorities to launch an immediate and impartial investigation into the killing of Aminul Islam, and for them to work tirelessly to bring the perpetrators to justice. CCC are also calling on supporters worldwide, EU missions and other organisations to generate similar pressure on the Bangladeshi authorities in order to stop the culture of impunity that has led to this tragic murder. It is most likely that Aminul was murdered because of his labour rights work.

Major companies and industry associations have sent letters of concern to the Bangladeshi government, and called upon the government to take all measures to ensure that worker representatives and labour rights organisations have a safe environment to work for workers’ rights and benefits without fear.

Aminul Islam had already been detained by the Bangladeshi National Intelligence Service in June 2010. According to Aminul, he was subjected to severe and repeated beatings. His captors said they would stop only if he agreed to give false testimonies against his colleagues at the Bangladesh Center for Worker Solidarity (BCWS).

 

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Bangladeshi labour rights activist tortured and murdered


What do companies and Multi Stakeholder Initiaves think of the CCC? *

“CCC has been one of the defining influences on code of conduct over the last 10 years. Codes of conduct have moved from being a fringe idea to a central plank of single CSR policy in the industry. A large part of that is because CCC internationally have been a champion for the role of brands taking action... and have placed and kept the issue in the public domain.”

“CCC have had impact by raising our awareness, triggering the development of our code of conduct and our subsequent mechanisms on monitoring, disclosure practises, decision to join MSI, training and follow-up.”

“If there is a critical situation in a factory that we have not become aware of ourselves, we do of course react immediately, if this is brought to our attention by CCC.”

“All activities raise awareness but do not change policies, urgent appeals have most impact to improve or change the way of working with a supplier or improve a situation if needed.”

* Quotes from internal report that assesses how Clean Clothes Campaign's labour rights corporate accountability work, including the Urgent Appeal system, has impacted corporate behavior between 1994 and 2010.

Pins Brown, 2010. Impact Assessment of Corporate Accountability Activities of Clean Clothes Campaign. Unpublished report on file.