The Death Toll Rises in Bangladesh as Legal Impunity for the Powerful Rules

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The system that enables powerful politicians and their business cronies to act as if they are above the law in Bangladesh has been horribly exposed by the rising death toll at the Rana Plaza building, which collapsed last Wednesday. The death toll now exceeds 400. More than 3,000 people were employed by the five textile factories in the building — working to supply international retailers in Europe, Canada and the United States. The impunity of powerful Bangladeshis before the courts is a prime cause of high levels of corruption in the country. Similar situations exist in many other very poor countries. Maybe this horrendous tragedy will finally convince official aid donors to Bangladesh…

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