Release factory inspection reports: HRW

New Age Online

Bangladesh government and retailers have largely failed to make public the findings of factory safety inspections ordered after the April 2013 Rana Plaza catastrophe that killed and injured several thousand workers, Human Rights Watch said.
Reports should be published in Bangla as well as in English so that they are accessible to workers, the New York based rights body said on May 27.
More than 1,100 workers died after they were persuaded, and in some cases forced, by their employers to return to Rana Plaza a day after they evacuated because large cracks appeared in the building’s walls.
As a result of the tragedy, the Bangladesh government and western retailers are engaged in inspecting more than 3,500 garment factories for structural integrity and fire and electrical safety.
Groups conducting inspections have committed to releasing details of their findings, but more than one year after the deadly disaster, reports on fewer than 40 factories have been published so far by nongovernmental groups.
The government has published no information on the inspections that it has carried out.
‘Efforts to make the Bangladesh garment industry safer and protect the rights of workers will not succeed unless details of all factory inspections are made public,’ said Phil Robertson, Asia deputy director.
‘Workers need this information so they can make informed decisions about whether it is safe to enter their factories,’ he added.




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