Bangladesh police arrest building owners over fatal blaze

The blaze burned for several hours, and trapped people inside. (AFP)
Updated 31 March 2019
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Bangladesh police arrest building owners over fatal blaze

  • Authorities say the complex on a busy avenue in Dhaka’s Banani commercial district had no fire-protected staircases
  • Some top floors of the 22-story building were also illegally constructed

DHAKA, Bangladesh: Police in Bangladesh’s capital have arrested two of the owners of a commercial complex that caught fire last week, killing 26 people and injuring about 70.
Additional Deputy Commissioner of the Detective Branch Shahjahan SHajju told The Associated Press early Sunday that they arrested F.R. Tower’s owners Tasvir-ul-Islam and S.M.H.I. Faruque in Dhaka after police charged them with negligence and violations of a building code that resulted in casualties.
Authorities say the complex on a busy avenue in Dhaka’s Banani commercial district had no fire-protected staircases and some top floors of the 22-story building were illegally constructed.
The blaze that burned for several hours Thursday trapped people inside the building, some shouting for help from windows on upper floors and the roof.


China ‘harvesting’ Falun Gong organs: report

Updated 18 June 2019
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China ‘harvesting’ Falun Gong organs: report

  • The panel said a considerable amount of people were affected by the forced organ collection
  • The report said the waiting time for organ transplants is considerably short
LONDON: Forced organ harvesting has been carried out “for years throughout China” and members of the Falun Gong spiritual group have “probably” been the main victims, according to a panel of lawyers.
A report by the London-based China Tribunal, released to journalists ahead of a summary to be published online on Wednesday, concluded that “forced organ harvesting continues till today.”
The panel said it was “unanimously, and sure beyond reasonable doubt — that in China forced organ harvesting from prisoners of conscience has been practiced for a substantial period of time involving a very substantial number of victims.”
“Falun Gong practitioners have been one — and probably the main — source of organ supply,” it added.
The China Tribunal was set up by campaign group the “International Coalition to End Transplant Abuse in China” to examine the issue.
The panel, headed by British lawyer Geoffrey Nice, warned that the “concerted persecution and medical testing” of China’s Muslim Uighurs meant “evidence of forced organ harvesting of this group may emerge in due course.”
The report cited “extraordinarily short waiting times” for organs and the number of transplant operations performed as evidence, highlighting the “impossibility of there being anything like sufficient ‘eligible donors’.”
China has repeatedly denied accusations that it takes organs from prisoners of conscience.
A government spokesman issued a statement before the report’s release saying “we hope that the British people will not be misled by rumors.”