Appeal for 21 garment factory employees and labour rights activists in Bangladesh

Posted on September 4, 2010


God morning my dear fighter for liberty!

I hope that You’ve had a pleasant wake up this morning!

If You have had a pleasant wake up, maybe You would like to help us in the fight for justice by sending the below letter to the Bangladesh embassy in Sweden or if not a Swedish resident, You can find Bangladesh’s embassy in Your country here:

I thank You in advance and wish You a wonderful day!

Dear Ambassador,

As a defender of human rights, I am very concerned about the safety of all those detained after street protests by garment workers in recent weeks. I urge the government to see that they are protected from torture or other ill-treatment.

The authorities also have to protect garment factory employees, labour rights activists and their relatives, following reports that some have been threatened by security forces.

All those detained have to be provided with access to their families, lawyers of their choice, and to adequate medical care.

The authorities have to undertake a prompt, impartial and effective investigation into reports of the torture of individuals in custody and of the harassment and intimidation of individuals and their families, with those found responsible brought to justice.

Finally it is a responsibility for the society to uphold and protect
individuals’ peaceful exercise of the right to freedom of assembly and association, and immediately release the individuals detained in connection with
recent demonstrations unless they are charged with a recognizably criminal offence and tried in accordance with international standards .

Yours respectfully,

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