WHO IS AMINUL ISLAM
Aminul Islam is a Bangladeshi labour rights activist and former garment worker who was tortured and murdered in Dhaka on April 4 2012, his body was dumped outside the capital city and found by local police. To date no one has been arrested or brought to trial for his murder.
In June 2010 Aminul was detained by officials of the Bangladesh National Intelligence Service (NSI) where he reported he was subjected to severe and repeated beatings.
On the evening of the 4th, after having observed a police van parked outside, Aminul and a colleague had closed the local BCWS office fearing harassment or arrest. He was last seen alive leaving his office to meet with a worker who had called seeking assistance. According to the police report, Aminul Islam’s body bore signs of brutal torture.
BANGLADESH AND LABOUR RIGHTS
Repression against trade unionists and labour rights activists in Bangladesh is a serious problem, and worker protests have been met with violence many times. In particular, the wage protests of 2010 resulted in hundreds of arrests of workers and trade unionists including Aminul himself.
According to Aminul, during his detention in 2010 he was subjected to severe beatings at the hands of the National Intelligence Service (NSI) who according to his statement,were looking to force false testimony incriminating his colleagues.
Dozens of labour leaders are still facing charges of instigating riots and related activities; charges regarded as baseless by international labour and human rights organisations.
CCC is calling for the Bangladeshi authorities to launch an immediate and impartial investigation into the killing and for them to work tirelessly to bring the perpetrators to justice. We are also calling on supporters worldwide, including EU missions and other organisations to generate similar pressure on the Bangladeshi authorities in order to stop the culture of impunity that has led to this tragic murder.