The Clean Clothes Campaign have issued a press release regarding Mehedi Hassan, a field investigator for the Washington DC based Workers Rights Consortium. I blogged about the arrest yesterday. Here is the press release:

DEMAND RELEASE OF FACTORY INVESTIGATOR IN BANGLADESH

On January 24 Mehedi Hasan, a field investigator for the Washington
D.C.-based Worker Rights Consortium, was arrested by the Bangladesh
security forces.  Since then, Mr. Hasan has been held in detention and
authorities have refused to let his family visit him.  Hasan’s arrest
takes place in a context of severe repression by the military-backed
“caretaker” government.  Since January 12, 2007 the government has
banned political and trade union activities.  Both Bangladeshi and
foreign labor rights advocates have been put under surveillance,
interrogated and detained.

See also: http://www.cleanclothes.org/urgent/08-01-30.htm
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TAKE ACTION
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Please contact your embassy in Bangladesh and call for Mr. Hasan’s
immediate release and an end to the repression of labor rights activism.

To find the address of your embassy:
http://www.embassiesabroad.com/embassies-in/Bangladesh#3823

SAMPLE LETTER

Embassy in Bangladesh

Dear Sir/Madam,

I am contacting you to ask for your immediate intervention in the case
of Mehedi Hasan, a field investigator employed by the U.S. labor rights
organization Worker Rights Consortium.  Since January 24, Mr. Hasan has
been held in detention and authorities have refused to let his family
visit him.  I am deeply concerned about Mr. Hasan’s safety.

The arrest appears to be part of a broader campaign of repression by the
government against labor rights advocates in the wake of recent
demonstrations by apparel workers in Dhaka.  Both Bangladeshi and
foreign labor rights advocates have been put under surveillance,
interrogated and detained.

The Worker Rights Consortium is a Washington, D.C.-based organization
affiliated with 178 U.S. universities and colleges.  Mr. Hasan’s job is
simply to monitor compliance with labor rights codes of conduct in
factories producing clothing for WRC-affiliated universities.  His work
is an ordinary component of corporate social responsibility and an
important part of efforts to assure consumers that the goods they buy
are made under decent and fair working conditions.

I strongly urge you to call on the Bangladeshi government to release Mr.
Hasan immediately.  I also ask you to insist that the government lift
its ban on trade union activities and stop persecuting Bangladeshi and
foreign labor rights advocates.

Sincerely,