By Rohantha De Silva, 6 April 2019
Hundreds of residents have been killed or injured in recent years by the regularly occurring fires in the city.
By Sujeewa Amaranath, 22 February 2019
The inferno was fuelled by chemicals stored in the area, despite repeated government promises of crackdowns on building code violations.
By Wimal Perera, 8 February 2019
While the garment trade unions publicly bewail the mass sackings and arrests, these organisations have created the political conditions for the crackdown.
By Rohantha De Silva, 22 January 2019
The workers were not given any warnings and have not been paid outstanding wages and benefits in direct violation of Bangladesh’s limited labour laws.
By Wimal Perera, 16 January 2019
The Awami League-led government is seeking to suppress the wages movement with threats, police violence and victimisations.
By Wimal Perera, 10 January 2019
The re-elected Hasina government is mobilising heavily-armed police to suppress protests by garment workers over wages.
By Vimal Perera, 31 December 2018
The opposition parties have condemned the election as “farcical” and demanded a “fresh election under non-partisan administration.”
By Rohantha De Silva, 19 December 2018
Nervous about criticism of its plans, the government is attempting to hide information about the new detention facilities and has placed the island under naval control.
By Rohantha De Silva, 20 October 2018
The harsh sentences dovetail with a broader crackdown on political opposition by the Awami League-led government.
By Wimal Perera, 20 September 2018
Four million workers in the profitable garment industry have not had a pay rise since 2013.
Bangladesh jute mill workers demonstrate; Paradip port workers strike in Orissa
25 August 2018
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By Pradeep Ramanayake, 10 August 2018
Demonstrations involving thousands of teenage students erupted in Dhaka and continued for nine days.
By Rohantha De Silva, 3 August 2018
The Awami League-led government has encouraged the ruling party’s notoriously violent youth movement to assault demonstrators.
By Rohantha De Silva, 13 July 2018
The plight of millions of refugees in South Asia is a damning indictment of the imperialist powers and the regional ruling elites.
By Wimal Perera, 25 June 2018
The crackdown is being used to target political opponents and suppress the mounting popular opposition to Hasina’s big business policies.
By Wimal Perera, 2 June 2018
Hundreds of police and Rapid Action Battalion personnel are being mobilised against slum dwellers.
By Rohantha De Silva, 31 May 2018
Despite hypocritical statements of concern by the major world powers, Rohingya are at risk from landslides, floods and epidemics this monsoon season.
By Wimal Perera, 19 May 2018
Protesting students face government repression, severe unemployment and lack of facilities.
By Sujeewa Amaranath, 1 May 2018
Official statistics contradict World Bank and the Bangladeshi government claims of “remarkable progress in poverty reduction.”
By Wimal Perera, 9 April 2018
The charges follow a series of provocations against workers at the Ashiana Garments plant, south of Dhaka.
By Rohantha De Silva, 22 February 2018
Prime Minister Sheik Hasina’s Awami League government is trying to bar Khaleda Zia from contesting the December elections.
21 February 2018
The US government, in close collaboration with Google, Facebook, and other giant IT corporations, is implementing massive restrictions on Internet access to socialist, antiwar and progressive websites.
By Nancy Hanover, 8 January 2018
“It is better to die here than return home with empty hands,” said one of thousands of Bangladeshi teachers fighting for a government-paid salary.
By Rohantha De Silva, 11 November 2017
India is pursuing its geo-political interests, while also acting on behalf of Washington.
By Saman Gunadasa, 3 November 2017
While millions of people lack basic food security, governments are cutting social spending and allocating billions to the military.
By Arun Kumar, 1 September 2017
Despite regular floods and monsoons, governments in India, Bangladesh and Nepal have not implemented any serious measures to protect ordinary people.
By Rohantha De Silva, 28 August 2017
The rivalry between these two nuclear armed countries could develop into a war has far-reaching implications for South Asia and internationally.
By Wimal Perera, 2 August 2017
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, fearful of the popular opposition to her already discredited government, has intervened and postponed the VAT increase.
By Rohantha De Silva, 26 June 2017
Those most affected are the rural poor, low-wage workers and rickshaw pullers living in flood- and landslide-prone areas, where living costs are relatively low.
Four years since the Rana Plaza disaster
By Sarath Kumara, 13 June 2017
Four years after the collapse of the Rana Plaza building in Bangladesh, garment workers continue to labour in unsafe conditions for very low wages.
By Sarath Kumara, 18 April 2017
The Indian government, in line with US geo-strategic manoeuvres, is attempting to reduce Bangladesh’s military and economic reliance on China.
By Sarath Kumara, 3 March 2017
Although some detained labour activists have been released, several workers are still in custody and the authorities are continuing to press unsubstantiated charges.
By Sarath Kumara, 4 February 2017
International retail corporations are concerned that the government’s actions will spark industrial struggles and impact on investor profits.
By Rohantha De Silva and Wimal Perera, 30 January 2017
The new prison factory will be used to lower wages and worsen conditions throughout the garment industry.
By Wimal Perera, 13 January 2017
The repression is aimed at preventing a broader eruption by workers against their appalling living and working conditions.
By Sarath Kumara, 8 December 2016
The visit underscores India’s growing efforts—backed by Washington—to bring Bangladesh into its orbit, undercutting China’s influence.
By Sarath Kumara, 5 November 2016
Xi’s trip was aimed at countering the efforts of India, backed by the US, to undermine Chinese influence in Bangladesh.
By Sarath Kumara, 16 September 2016
The Tampaco Foils disaster highlights the unsafe conditions and shoddy construction for which Bangladesh is now notorious.
By Sarath Kumara, 3 September 2016
The court delay further underscores the indifference of all sections of the ruling elite for the plight of garment workers.
By Deepal Jayasekera, 4 July 2016
Whoever the perpetrators of Dhaka hostage-taking, this type of terrorism has been fomented by the US-led wars in the Middle East.
By Sarath Kumara, 16 June 2016
In line with Washington’s “pivot” to Asia, India and Japan are attempting to undermine Chinese influence in Bangladesh and throughout the region.
By Sarath Kumara, 5 March 2016
Intense competition over infrastructure projects in Bangladesh shows that every country is being drawn into the maelstrom of war tensions created by the US drive against China.
By Wimal Perera, 9 February 2016
The government wants the land in order to expand the number of cheap labour Economic Zones.
By Sarath Kumara, 23 November 2015
The Awami League-led government revived the 1971 charges as a means of diverting working class and student discontent.
By Wimal Perera, 25 September 2015
The Awami League-led government’s imposition of austerity measures is provoking unrest among students, teachers and workers.
By Sarath Kumara, 22 July 2015
In line with the US “pivot,” Japan hopes that its Bangladesh investments will boost its political weight in South Asia and undercut Chinese influence.
By Wimal Perera, 23 June 2015
The Awami League-led government’s attempts to create more profitable conditions for business are deepening the attacks on the living conditions of the workers and poor.
By Deepal Jayasekera, 12 June 2015
Modi and his Bangladeshi counterpart declared that bilateral relations had entered a new phase.
By Sarath Kumara, 5 May 2015
The brutal exploitation of Bangladeshi workers continues as profit-hungry global retailers demand lower-cost goods.
By Tom Peters, 18 April 2015
Documents leaked by Edward Snowden show that NZ’s spy agency, the GCSB, has supported Bangladesh’s notorious security apparatus for at least 12 years.
By Sarath Kumara, 15 April 2015
Nothing has been resolved in the protracted confrontation between the ruling Awami League and opposition Bangladesh National Party (BNP).
By Peter Symonds, 13 March 2015
Nearly two years after the Rana Plaza disaster claimed more than 1,120 lives, shoddy and unsafe building standards remain the norm in Bangladesh.
By Wimal Perera, 9 March 2015
Ferry owners maximise their profits by violating safety rules and regulations in league with government authorities at the expense of passengers’ lives.
By John Lucas, 3 February 2015
An exploding gas cylinder is believed to have sparked a fatal fire in one of Dhaka’s many illegal factories.
By W.A. Sunil, 5 November 2014
A fault at a transmission station on Saturday left the entire country without power for 12 hours.
By Sarath Kumara, 3 October 2014
The ruling is in line with the Hasina government’s manoeuvres against the opposition Bangladesh National Party and other political rivals.
By Wimal Perera, 27 August 2014
In order to close down the factories and evade his outstanding liabilities to workers, the owner invoked the 2006 Bangladesh Labour Act.
By Wimal Perera, 14 August 2014
The government’s response revealed concerns in ruling circles that the Tuba workers’ struggle could become a rallying point for all garment workers.
By Wimal Perera, 24 July 2014
The jute mill protests point to rising class battles amid the deepening impact of the post-2008 global recession.
By Wimal Perera, 22 May 2014
Successive governments have failed to end dangerous overcrowding and the flouting of other safety regulations by ferry owners.
By Deepal Jayasekera, 8 May 2014
In the wake of the communal massacre of more than three dozen Muslims in Assam, BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi has amplified his communally-charged denunciations of Bangladeshi Muslim migrants.
One year after Rana Plaza collapse
By Sarath Kumara, 4 April 2014
A limited investigation shows that many garment factories are structurally unsound and lack basic fire protections.
By Sarath Kumara, 15 February 2014
The government’s immediate target is the official opposition, but its main concern is rising discontent in the working class.
By Sarath Kumara, 23 January 2014
The longstanding rivalry between the ruling Awami League and BNP is now intersecting with mounting tensions between the US and China.
By K. Ratnayake, 17 January 2014
The WSWS replies to criticisms by Bangladesh’s ambassador of an article detailing the plight of the victims of the Rana Plaza building collapse.
By K. Ratnayake, 7 January 2014
The election was marked by a low turnout of 25 percent, police violence and clashes between the two main rival parties.
By Wimal Perera, 3 January 2014
Many of the families have spent their limited compensation, leaving them in a desperate situation.
By Wimal Perera, 30 December 2013
Opposition parties are boycotting the January 5 national election and demanding a caretaker government to conduct the ballot.
By Wimal Perera, 21 December 2013
The government is cynically exploiting the issue of “war crimes” in the lead up to elections to divert public attention from its record in office.
By Sarath Kumara, 20 November 2013
The trial has been widely condemned by international legal and human rights organisations.
By Sarath Kumara, 20 November 2013
The Awami League government’s offer of a smaller wage rise backfired as thousands of workers demonstrated over the police shootings.
By Wimal Perera, 30 October 2013
At least 15 people have been killed and more than 100 injured since Friday in violent clashes with police.
By Sarath Kumara, 28 September 2013
Police used rubber bullets and tear gas against striking workers who had blocked roads and highways part of their protest.
By Sarath Kumara, 14 August 2013
The electoral ban has nothing to do with opposing religious fundamentalism, defending democratic rights or promoting secularism.
By Sarath Kumara, 12 June 2013
Police shot guns, fired tear gas and used batons to break up a protest by survivors of the April 24 Rana Plaza building collapse.
By Sarath Kumara, 30 May 2013
Major European retailers have signed an Accord with global unions that will do nothing to end the unsafe conditions that led to last month’s tragic building collapse.
By K. Ratnayake, 21 May 2013
Police fired rubber bullets at tens of thousands of workers demanding higher wages and protesting the April 24 garment factory collapse that killed 1,127 workers.
By Sarath Kumara, 14 May 2013
Every aspect of the tragedy has underscored the culpability of the major retail corporates, as well as the complicity of the Bangladesh government and the country’s garment manufacturers.
By Sarath Kumara and Wimal Perera, 10 May 2013
The authorities’ main concern is to downplay the rapidly rising casualty figures in the textile factory collapse, to cover up the scale of the disaster.
By Peter Symonds, 8 May 2013
The world’s retailing giants are engaged in a cynical PR exercise to distance themselves from the tragedy that has taken the lives of more than 700 people.
By Sarath Kumara, 7 May 2013
Despite this unprecedented tragedy, the main concern of the government and international retailers is how to continue business as usual.
By Sarath Kumara, 1 May 2013
The government has ignored pleas from the relatives of victims who are still hoping that survivors will be found.
By Sarath Kumara, 29 April 2013
The total number of deaths may never be known in one of the world’s worst industrial disasters.
By K. Ratnayake, 27 April 2013
The tragedy is one of the world’s worst industrial disasters, but it will not be the last, as global corporations sacrifice workers’ safety to the requirements of profit.
By Patrick O’Connor, 26 April 2013
Hundreds of thousands of garment workers marched out of their factories yesterday, compelling plant owners to declare a day’s “holiday”.
By Sarath Kumara and Wimal Perera, 25 April 2013
At least 149 workers were confirmed dead as of Thursday morning, but the figure is likely to rise as more bodies are recovered.
By Sarath Kumara, 1 April 2013
Violent clashes between the Awami League (AL)-led government and the right-wing, Islamist-aligned opposition are continuing in Bangladesh.
By Wimal Perera, 27 March 2013
The masses have become increasingly alienated from the Awami League-led government, because of its failure to solve any aspect of the social crisis.
By Wimal Perera and K. Ratnayake, 4 March 2013
At least 62 people died in a state crackdown on protests against death sentences imposed on Bangladeshi Islamist politicians.
By Wimal Perera, 1 February 2013
The latest disaster again exposes the brutal conditions prevailing in the clothing industry.
By Oliver Campbell, 20 December 2012
The report covers up the responsibility of the government and the major international corporations that exploit cheap labour in Bangladesh.
By Peter Symonds, 7 December 2012
Corporations are desperate to deny responsibility in order to protect their public relations image and profits, and avoid potential legal action.
By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 1 December 2012
Workers were demanding justice for the victims, compensation for their families and improved safety standards.
By Peter Symonds, 28 November 2012
The conditions at the Tazreen Fashions factory where 112 workers died were not the exception, but the rule.
By Peter Symonds, 27 November 2012
The protesters demanded the punishment of those responsible for the Tazreen Fashions factory fire that claimed at least 112 lives on Saturday night.
By Peter Symonds, 26 November 2012
A blaze that gutted the Tazreen Fashions building near the capital of Dhaka on Saturday night killed at least 112 workers and injured another 150.
By Sarath Kumara and Wimal Perera, 20 September 2012
The latest protests underscore the seething discontent over deteriorating wages and working conditions.
By Wimal Perera and Sarath Kumara, 23 July 2012
Amid fears of mass workers’ struggles, the government has given the green light for trade unions as another mechanism for suppressing workers.
By Sathish Simon, 16 July 2012
While torrential monsoonal rains produced the floods, their ruinous impact is the result of decades of official indifference and negligence.
By Sarath Kumara, 17 April 2012
Aminul Islam went missing on April 4 and his tortured body was found two days later, dumped by the roadside.