The US fashion industry advocacy group urges the liberation of detained garment workers in Bangladesh

Following protests over alterations to the minimum wage for garment workers last autumn, thousands found themselves either detained or facing the threat of arrest.

The American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) has issued a fervent appeal to the government of Bangladesh, urging an end to the crackdown on laborers, particularly following the upheaval surrounding revisions to the nation's minimum wage for garment workers in recent months.

Reports from labor organizations indicate that over 100 garment workers and labor advocates were detained during the period spanning from October to November, amid protests marked by violence. Additionally, it's been asserted that thousands more individuals are under threat of arrest, as highlighted by the AAFA.

In a public address directed to Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, the AAFA has called for the immediate release of those still held in custody, emphasizing the importance of conducting a thorough investigation into the instances of violence that resulted in the tragic loss of workers' lives during the protests.

Given Bangladesh's prominent position as one of the world's leading apparel manufacturers, coupled with its growing role as a significant supplier to the US market, the AAFA underscores the importance of addressing these concerns to ensure fair labor practices and maintain the integrity of global supply chains.


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