Rana Plaza Tragedy

Rana Plaza Tragedy

In pictures: A look back at Bangladesh’s deadliest industrial tragedy

April 24 is a date that should not be and cannot be ever obliterated from our memory. Rana Plaza collapsed on the morning of a hot summer day, on April 24, 2013. At least 1,136 people, mostly garment workers, were killed and over 2,500 others injured in the deadliest garment factory disaster in history as the nine-storey building came crashing down in Savar.

2m ago

Rana Plaza two-year anniversary

TWO years ago, the Rana Plaza building collapsed, crushing workers and drawing the world's attention to the readymade garment (RMG) sector in Bangladesh.

9y ago

Rana Plaza Tragedy: Years pass by, but trauma still remains

Nine years have passed since the collapse of Rana Plaza, and yet majority of the survivors are still reeling from the traumas, both physical and mental, of that fateful day.

2y ago

Editorial / A date to remember

April 24 is a date that should not be and cannot be ever obliterated from our memory.

7y ago

Rising from Rana Plaza debris

The country's garment sector has been going through some major reforms since the Rana Plaza disaster in 2013 with rights activists stressing the need for strengthening further the workplace safety and labour rights.

7y ago

Two years of denial and betrayal

THE families of Rana Plaza victims have passed two years crying for their dear and near ones, suffering in their daily lives and waiting for due compensation and jobs.

9y ago

Rana Plaza after two years / Lest we forget

Rana Plaza collapsed on the morning of a hot summer day, on April 24, 2013. Officially, 1100 workers died but the true total is much higher, probably closer to 1400 or 1500. The difference is on account of the 'missing' workers, of the bodies never found or those that lacked documentation as workers.

9y ago

3 years of Rana Plaza disaster / Quest for dawn ends in darkness

They had come to Dhaka for jobs so they could get out of poverty and help their families. But the 2013 Rana Plaza collapse not only demolished their hopes but also pushed them into endless misery.

8y ago

Let not Rana Plaza fade from public memory

The absence of official commemorations and limited reference of Rana Plaza in national policy documents raise concerns about the commitment to bring about structural changes in our RMG industry.

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How are local monitoring agencies faring 10 years after Rana Plaza?

Bangladesh still lacks strong governing institutions that could effectively monitor safety issues in the RMG industry

1y ago

Making Bangladeshi workers safe for capitalism

If fast fashion must dominate the “national interest,” then at the very least we must compel the state apparatuses to play a truly mediating role on behalf of “the nation.

1y ago

10 years on, Rana Plaza victims are still owed justice

Lack of progress in the trial process is deeply upsetting

1y ago

10 years after Rana Plaza disaster: Memories of horror

On the morning of April 24, 2013, Babul began his day working as a machine operator on the seventh floor of a garment factory at Rana Plaza in Savar. From his workstation, he could see his wife at her workstation.

1y ago

Actions after Rana Plaza tragedy: Time to build on the progress

When the Rana Plaza building came crashing down on April 24, 2013, Bangladesh’s garment sector received a massive jolt and apprehension kicked in that the sector’s growth might slow down.

2y ago

Beyond the Accord

Eight years ago, one of the worst industrial disasters in history—the collapse of an eight storey commercial building in a sub-district of Dhaka—demonstrated to the world the heavy price of producing cheap clothing to fuel the “fast fashion” industry for consumers in the global North.

3y ago

Post-Rana Plaza, what we have achieved and what we haven't

The Rana Plaza collapse, the deadliest garment factory accident in history, carries a moral and political significance.

5y ago

From Triangle to Rana Plaza: Workers must be the priority

Over four million people's lives are closely intertwined with the ready-made garments (RMG) industry in Bangladesh—as are the deaths of over a thousand workers of Rana Plaza, which collapsed on this day six years ago. I remember it was a day of scorching sunshine. The Bengali New Year had begun only ten days earlier. This is usually a time of joy and celebration when people take a fresh look at their life and make plans that would change their future. What was it like for those ill-fated workers?

5y ago

RMG notably safer now: ILO

Bangladesh has made impressive strides in making workplace safe in the garment sector in recent years as factory owners strengthened safety as per proposals of international brands and retailers, said union leaders, analysts, the ILO, and entrepreneurs.

5y ago
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