Bangladesh protesters demand justice five years after factory disaster

Published: 24th April 2018 05:46 PM  |   Last Updated: 24th April 2018 08:29 PM  

Hundreds of people staged tearful tributes Tuesday at Rana Plaza, scene of one of the world's worst industrial disasters in 2013 when the complex of clothing factories collapsed and killed at least 1,130 people. (Photo | AP)
About 3,500 workers were inside the complex making clothes for top western brands when the tragedy struck, injuring nearly all those who survived. (Photo | AP)
Protesters placed flowers at a makeshift monument near the abandoned factory site, just outside the capital Dhaka, and urged that the owner of the collapsed building, imprisoned on murder charges, be given the death penalty. (Photo | AP)
Survivors and the relatives of the dead placed wreaths at a concrete hammer and sickle memorial as labour groups demanded justice in a rally marking the catastrophe's fifth anniversary. (Photo | AP)
The Rana Plaza factory building was expanded illegally, with extra floors stacked one on top of another. An engineer had declared it unsafe, and the thousands of people who worked inside, stitching garments for clothing brands from around the world, knew it was trouble. (Photo | AP)
Employing some four million workers, wages in the Bangladeshi sector start at $65 a month, among the world's lowest. The collapse triggered international outrage. European and US clothing brands -- including Primark, Mango and Benetton -- were pressured to improve pay and conditions at Bangladeshi factories. (Photo | AP)
Five years later, the situation is complicated, according to a recent study conducted by the Center for Business and Human Rights at New York University's Stern School of Business. (Photo | AP)
Many of the improvements after the Rana Plaza collapse were brought on with pressure from the foreign safety initiatives. Under the programs, some 2,300 factories have been inspected and many have upgraded their safety standards. The center's survey of conditions at Bangladesh's textile factories found that workers at about 3,000 of the country's 7,000 factories are still exposed to life-threatening risks, ranging from a lack of fire safety equipment to serious structural flaws. (Photo | AP)
A Bangladeshi woman cries holding a portrait of her daughter who was a victim of the Rana Plaza garment factory collapse, on the fifth anniversary of the accident in Savar, near Dhaka, Bangladesh. (Photo | AP)
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