Humqan Rights Watch, May 3, 2011
- Bangladesh’s international reputation is at risk when prosecutors pursue such serious charges against labor activists without making the evidence public. With the charges against these men and the deregistering of their organization there is a strong appearance that the authorities are targeting the Center for Worker Solidarity.
- Phil Robertson, deputy Asia director at Human Rights Watch
Bangladesh Center for Worker Solidarity (BCWS) leaders Kalpona Akhter and Babul Akhter and staff member Aminul Islam are facing a wide range of criminal charges including attempted murder, criminal intimidation, violence against civil servants, mischief causing damage, and violation of the Explosive Substances Act of 1908 in ten cases arising from violence related to labor unrest in June and July 2010. Some of the charges could lead to the death penalty.