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ONU announces that the 26.5 million euros (30 million dollars) needed for the compensation of victims of Rana Plaza were finally reunited with different brands, just over two years after the collapse of the building that killed more than a thousand textile workers in 2013.
"This is an important step but we still have many issues to resolve," said Guy Ryder, Director of the International Labour Organisation (ILO). "We must now work together to ensure that such accidents can be avoided in the future and that a national system of occupational accidents is established."
The Rana Plaza Coordination Committee, set up to collect and distribute funds, is indeed led by the ILO, the UN agency. Launched in October 2013, the committee had considered it necessary to mount this fund to compensate the families of workers killed 1,100, and 1,500 wounded.
In April 2015, over 27 million had been collected and the committee had paid 70% of the money promised to more than 2,800 plaintiffs. "New donations, including a significant pledge made last week, means that the bar has now reached 30 million, and that all pending payments can be balanced," says the ILO today.
The news comes just days after the indictment of Sohel Rana, owner of Rana Plaza, and 40 other officials for "murder". He was arrested on the western border with India while trying to flee the country a few days after the tragedy.
He has criticized him on the morning of the tragedy, of forcing employees to take up their posts despite the concern expressed on the same day by the appearance of cracks in the walls. Designed primarily to be a 6-storey shopping center, the building had been converted into a posteriori factory new levels. The structure, poorly maintained, not by logically support the weight of the heavy textile machinery.
Other defendants include Sohel Rana's parents, who were co-owners of the building and seven workshops owners in the complex and 12 public officials in charge of safety regulations and inspections. Bangladesh is the world's second largest exporter of clothing and clothing sector is the mainstay of its economy.
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