Bangaldesh Garment Workers Call for Solidairty with Rohinga refugees

Leaders of 5-garment workers federations call to the international community, including Europe, USA & Canada, to cancel trade concession to Myanmanr for unleashing genocide against Rohingya. They have praised the government for taking courageous decision to provide shelter to Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh.

The trade union leaders made the call today, October 4, 2017 from in front of the National Press Club in Dhaka city at launching ceremony of the ‘Garment workers’ emergency solidarity fund for Rohingya’. Five garment workers federations jointly organizing the fund to help Rohingya refugees, who fled to Bangladesh for safety from genocide unleashed by Myanmar army in Rakhain province of that country.

Renowned labour leader & Shipping Minister Shahjahan Khan MP inaugurated the fund as Chief Guest of the program. Held with NGWF President Amirul Haque Amin in the Chair, the program was attended by JSD General Secretary Ms Shirin Akter MP & Executive Director of BILS Syed Sultan Uddin Ahmed as guests.

Leaders of 5-garment workers federations—General Secretary of Garment Workers Employees Federation Quamrul Ahsan, President of National Garment Workers Employees Federation M Delwar Hossain, General Secretary of Ekota Garment Workers Federation Quamrul Hasan, President of Bangla Garment Workers Federation Mohammad Ali & General Secretary of National Garment Workers Federation (NGWF) Ms Arifa Akter.

The Labour leaders urged the members of Garment Family that is 4.2 million garment workers & factory owners to voice for solving Rohingya problem & come forward TO help the Rohingya refugees.

They called upon the buyer & brands of different countries, including Europe, USA & Canada, who sources garment products from Myanmar to refrain from importing from Myanmar if the genocide is not stopped & Rohingya problem is not solved immediately. They also called upon the consumers of Europe, USA & Canada to boycott Myanmar’s products to protest genocide against Rohingya.

The labour leaders demanded immediate repatriation of Rohingya refugees to their country & creation of ‘safe zone’ inside Rakhain state of Myanmar for their safe living as per recommendations of the ‘Kofi Anan Commission’.