Schakowsky Response to Criminal Charges against those responsible for Rana Plaza Collapse in Bangladesh

June 2, 2015
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Rep. Jan Schakowsky released the following statement after news broke that 41 individuals in Bangladesh had been charged criminally for their role in the April 2013 Rana Plaza collapse:

“Justice has been a long time coming, but I am pleased to see criminal charges filed against many of those who bear some responsibility for this tragedy, including the owner of the Rana Plaza building, a number of factory owners and government officials.  Their prosecution is a step in the right direction.  I urge the Bangladeshi government to ensure that those affected by this horrific tragedy are made whole and to take necessary steps to protect workers throughout the country. 

The April 24, 2013 Rana Plaza collapse in Dhaka, Bangladesh took the lives of more than 1,100 people and injured thousands of others.  The victims of this tragedy were garment workers – many of them women – laboring hard for many hours and receiving very little pay.  They were producing apparel to be sold by Walmart, the Children’s Place and a host of other U.S. companies.  This factory should not have collapsed, and these lives should not have been lost. 

I will continue to work closely with my colleagues in the House of Representatives and the Obama Administration to ensure that we improve the conditions facing workers in Bangladesh and around the world.”