Bangladeshi Ministers respond to activists

The Clean Clothes Campaign has relayed the following updates from the Swiss and Dutch embassies in Bangladesh.

From the Swiss embassy:  Babul and Kalpona are in the Dhaka Central Jail, and attend regular hearings on several cases placed against them. Babul was placed in remand for questioning for two days on one case, and was beaten during this period. Measures are being taken to ensure hearings are being followed by independent observers.  The embassy adds that they are cross checking information before filing a formal protest regarding Babul’s beating.

The Dutch embassy reports that Kalpona has received bail in 4 out of 7 cases, and Babul in 4 out of 8 cases.

The U.S. embassy reports that they have shared the congressional letter with advisors in the Prime Minister’s Office, key Ministers, Secretaries, and industry representatives; raised Kalpona and Babul’s detention and treatment with the Commerce Minister Faruk Khan; seek a face-to-face meeting with Babul; and is coordinating with other embassies on the matter. The Commerce Minister reportedly noted that he had been “bombarded” with over 3,000 e-mails from individuals inquiring about the Babul and Kalpona and reiterated the Bangladeshi Government’s commitment to improving worker conditions.

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