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Rana Plaza factory owner charged over collapse

Authorities in Bangladesh are charging 41 people with murder including building owner Sohel Rana

By Liz Bautista | Published: 4 Jun 2015

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Two years after the collapse of Rana Plaza in Dhaka, Bangladesh, authorities have finally charged 41 people with crimes relating to the collapse that killed more than 1,100 people and injured 2,500. Among those charged with homicide were the building's owner Sohel Rana, his parents and some government officials.

After the Rana Plaza collapsed in April 2013, the owners were accused of violating building code regulations by illegally adding upper floors that were transformed into factories. On the day before the building collapsed, the owners also ignored warnings to not allow workers inside the building.

If found guilty, the defendants could face the death penalty.

After the collapse it was discovered that a number of retail giants used the factory, including H&M, Gap, Primark, Mango and United Colors of Benetton. They have all since made contributions to the Rana Plaza Trust Fund, while a global movement called Fashion Revolution was also founded to help raise awareness of the true cost of fashion. 

The battle for ethical fashion manufacturing practices is still far from over, but we hope that what happened at Rana Plaza may serve as a lesson, as well as a catalyst for change. We should really start asking the brands we wear #whomademyclothes.

Related: 8 eco-friendly fashion labels you need to know about

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