In the next few weeks, the Walmart Corporation will help decide if three activists live or die.
A message from the
International Labor Rights Forum
See, Walmart relies on cheap subcontractors across the developing world, many of which force workers to toil in unimaginable conditions.
Three Bangladeshis, Kalpona Akter (pictured at right), Babul Akhter, and Aminul Islam, had been fighting to help the workers at some suppliers in their country.
Rather than treat workers fairly, these suppliers have filed false criminal charges against the trio.
The accusations are demonstrably false. For example, the supplier claims that Kalpona and Babul destroyed property on a day when multiple witnesses saw them at a meeting 35 kilometres away.
But so far, that hasn’t mattered. Kalpona, Babul, and Aminul were imprisoned and tortured for their activism. They now await a sham of a trial that can begin as soon as June 1st. If it doesn’t go well, they could be sentenced to death.
If Walmart demands that the suppliers drop the charges, the activists will likely go free. But there are only two weeks until the window for intervention closes.
Let’s create a huge uproar that shows Walmart executives that customers around the globe are watching their decision.
Please sign the petition calling on them to demand that false charges be dropped immediately:
Thanks for taking action,
- Patrick and the Change.org team
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