Rana Plaza owner gets jail sentence

Sohel Rana, the owner of Rana Plaza, the building that collapsed in 2013 killing over 1,100 garment workers, was this week sentenced to three years’ jail for corruption for hiding his wealth from authorities. Sohel is still facing many other charges including multiple counts of murder. This sentence is a first step in the right direction for all the victims and families that continue to suffer the consequences of that fateful day in April 2013. The garment sector in Bangladesh is characterised by low wages, harsh working conditions and repression of labour organising.