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Walmart Supplier Supports Torture, False Imprisonment of Labor Activists


byAmanda Kloer· May 10, 2011
A Walmart supplier in Bangladesh is going to great lengths to ensure that Bangladeshi workers aren't paid more than the meager $43 per month they receive now. The supplier has filed false criminal charges against Bangladeshi labor rights activists who are fighting for the basic safety and fair treatment of the people who make clothes for Walmart. And now, these activists are facing torture, false imprisonment, and even the death penalty for their support of workers' rights.

Kalpona Akter, Babul Akhter, and Aminul Islam are three leaders of the Bangladesh Center for Worker Solidarity (BCWS), which fights for the rights of workers in the Bangladeshi garment industry. Walmart is the largest buyer of Bangladeshi-made clothing, and many of the suppliers in the country sell huge portions of their clothing to Walmart. But in order to maximize profits and sell to Walmart more cheaply than their competitors, these suppliers fight to keep the costs of production (ie, workers' wages and conditions) as low as possible.


But recently, one Walmart supplier went way too far by fabricating criminal charges against Kalpona, Babul, and Aminul. They have been charged with crimes punishable by anywhere between three months to life in prison, or even the death penalty in two of the cases. These false charges resulted in the labor activists being imprisoned, where they were tortured and threatened. Now out on bail, they await trial.


The claims of their "crimes" are not just outrageous, they're ridiculous. One of the cases alleges that Kalpona & Babul destroyed property of a major Walmart supplier, despite multiple witnesses placing them at an all-day meeting 35 kilometers away from the incident. Kalpona even communicated via phone with a Walmart representative at the meeting. And when she received news that a shopping complex was attacked by a mob, she called the Walmart representatives in the area to inquire about their safety. Despite air-tight alibis, Kalpona and Babul face criminal charges that could result in the death penalty.


Three of these cases are filed under the Speedy Tribunal Act; the tribunal is scheduled to begin in June, and must then be concluded within 60 days. That's why the International Labor Rights Forum, along with human rights advocates and shoppers around the country, are asking Walmart to instruct their subcontractor to drop these false charges, make a public statement that they will not stand for intimidation of labor rights leaders, and ask that the NGO status of the BCWS be re-instated.


It's imperative that Walmart take this action by May 31st, before the tribunal is set in motion. Walmart cannot stand by while its supplier seeks the death penalty against peaceful Bangladeshis advocating for the basic rights of workers. And they cannot stand for torture in the name of cheap clothing.

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  • goodogcarl 2011/05/19 19:06:48
    None of the above
    goodogcarl
    +3
    wal-mart is NEVER on the correct side of an issue . . . they're always on the "right" side of an issue.

    wal-mart correct issue issue people in walmart

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  • Hausen 2011/05/26 19:10:38
    Walmart Supports Slave Labor....
    Hausen
    +2
    Wal-Mart is evil.
  • luvguins 2011/05/20 18:25:32
    These are false charges....
    luvguins
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    Hit the wrong button. They are exploding stores all over China, India, and Africa to make more billions on the lure of cheaper labor. They have been fined here for forcing employees to work off the clock without overtime pay or their hourly pay, and now are being sued for paying less to women. More communities here don't want them in their areas. They had to be shamed to upgrade their health insurance from junk policies. Largest employer many places, yes, but also the most unfair one.
  • Fef 2011/05/20 15:44:35
    These are false charges....
    Fef
    +1
    Union activists routinely attack one of the largest employers in the world. Walmart has 100 happy employees for each one that unions encourage to complain.
  • Ron Hanforth 2011/05/20 14:21:46
    Walmart Supports Slave Labor....
    Ron Hanforth
    +2
    Walmart is unfair in all of its practices.
  • Hausen Ron Han... 2011/05/26 19:06:39
    Hausen
    +1
    Wal-Mart sucks!
  • Gloria 2011/05/20 01:01:31
    Walmart Supports Slave Labor....
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    +2
    Walmart is trying to invade our beautiful neighborhood. We don't want them. They don't pay a living wage. We are not going to pay extra taxes while Walmart tells the employees to go on public aid when the employees are sick or injured.
  • Nam Era... Gloria 2011/05/20 01:03:09
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    Wow
  • dave b 2011/05/19 21:51:47
    None of the above
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    Uh....those people dont work for WalMart, so you cant call them WalMart employees.
  • Nam Era... dave b 2011/05/20 00:53:52 (edited)
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    Okay. Thanks Can't change the title at this point. But you're right.
  • morris44 2011/05/19 20:31:33
    None of the above
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    See the very good documentary, The High Price of Low Cost for details on this.

    Very compelling as it contains many current and former employees and managers of Wal Mart.
  • Nam Era... morris44 2011/05/19 20:54:57
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    Okay I will thanks
  • Ron Han... Nam Era... 2011/05/20 14:23:55
  • American Reformed 2011/05/19 19:41:27
    Undecided
    American Reformed
    +1
    There is nowhere nearly enough information provided to form a reasonable conclusion. Walmart has been on the wrong side of labor issues before but they have also been on the right side at times. One thing that I take away from this story if it is accurate is that the Bangladeshi Justice System is really screwed up if someone can face a death sentence or life in prison for property damage.

    Blessings Upon You
  • Nam Era... America... 2011/05/19 20:55:57
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    " Bangladeshi Justice System is really screwed up if someone can face a death sentence or life in prison for property damage."

    Yeah
  • Sarah TH Marshall Switcher 2011/05/19 19:17:04
    None of the above
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    While Wal-Mart provides a useful service in the U.S, and even does some good in other countries, it's far from perfect.
  • Nam Era... Sarah T... 2011/05/19 20:56:47
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    Thanks
  • Jareth Majere 2011/05/19 19:16:04
    All of the above
    Jareth Majere
    +1
    Wally World is unfair to whoever they can get away with it on
  • Nam Era... Jareth ... 2011/05/19 20:56:57
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    +1
    Thanks
  • goodogcarl 2011/05/19 19:06:48
    None of the above
    goodogcarl
    +3
    wal-mart is NEVER on the correct side of an issue . . . they're always on the "right" side of an issue.

    wal-mart correct issue issue people in walmart
  • Nam Era... goodogcarl 2011/05/19 19:07:51
    Nam Era Vet #1 DNA TLC
    Thanks for your opinion
  • Ron Han... goodogcarl 2011/05/20 14:24:47
    Ron Hanforth
    +1
    what do you mean "RIGHT" side? As in Republican? Please clarify...

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