Bangladesh

Arts, Culture & Media

In Bangladesh, a same-sex marriage might see the couple sent to jail

In 2013, a traditional marriage ceremony took place at the Hindu temple in Pirojpur, Bangladesh, just as has been happening for hundreds of years. The only problem was that both people getting married were women and same-sex marriage is not accepted in Bangladesh. Now, instead of finding happiness, one of the brides is facing criminal charges — accused of abduction.

Business, Finance & Economics

Most Bangladeshi garment workers are women, but their union leaders weren't. Until now.

In recent years, horrible disasters in Bangladesh's garment industry have left hundreds of garment workers dead or injured. Since then, both international clothing labels and the Bangladeshi government have promised reforms. But some of the workers have also responded by joining unions. And female workers are taking more of a leadership role in that struggle.

Conflict & Justice

Bangladesh factory owners charged with murder of more than 1,100 garment workers

More than 1,100 workers in a Bangladesh garment-factory complex died in what was the country's worst-ever industrial disaster. Bangladesh police have charged the owners of the Rana Plaza complex in Dhaka, which collapsed in 2013, of murder and negligence. Several government officials were also charged. If convicted, the accused could face the death penalty.

Business, Finance & Economics

In Bangladesh, will a legal system 'full of holes' prosecute those responsible for the Rana Plaza factory collapse?

Bangladeshis today are honoring the memory of those killed one year ago in the deadly factory collapse at Rana Plaza. Building owner Sohel Rana and several factory owners are in jail awaiting trial. Zafar Sobhan, the editor of the Dhaka Tribune explains why prosecution of the men would be a big step forward for the weak Bangladeshi justice system.

Business, Finance & Economics

Most Bangladeshi garment workers are women, but their union leaders weren't. Until now.

In recent years, horrible disasters in Bangladesh's garment industry have left hundreds of garment workers dead or injured. Since then, both international clothing labels and the Bangladeshi government have promised reforms. But some of the workers have also responded by joining unions. And female workers are taking more of a leadership role in that struggle.

Conflict & Justice

Bangladesh factory owners charged with murder of more than 1,100 garment workers

More than 1,100 workers in a Bangladesh garment-factory complex died in what was the country's worst-ever industrial disaster. Bangladesh police have charged the owners of the Rana Plaza complex in Dhaka, which collapsed in 2013, of murder and negligence. Several government officials were also charged. If convicted, the accused could face the death penalty.