A US Congressional committee has asked the State Department to provide financial assistance to Bangladesh for improving labour conditions in three industries – readymade garments, shrimp and fishing.
This directive was mentioned in a report by the House Appropriations Committee that was sent to the US Congress along with the 2018 State and Foreign Operations Bill. The bill was passed by the House on Wednesday.
The legislation funds the US State Department, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and other institutions have ties with international affairs.
The committee also directed the Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to submit a report on how the Bangladesh government “is supporting human rights and workers’ rights; implementing policies to protect freedom of expression, association, and religion, and due process of law; and ensuring free, fair, and participatory elections.”
Tillerson is asked to submit his report within 90 days of the enactment of the law. The bill now needs to be passed by the Senate, before it can be sent to the White House for the US President to sign and to make it binding.
This story was first published on Bangla Tribune