Human rights and safety at the cost of development and progress? | Get all the chemicals out



Prioritizing human rights and safety does not have to come at the cost of development and progress

After the Chawkbazar fire, what we needed more than anything was a concerted effort from the government to ensure that something like this would never happen again. 

In this regard, it is heartening to hear Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina express the government’s dedication towards removing all inflammable material and chemical warehouses from Old Dhaka.

Not only that, she has also vowed to remove such materials from other residential areas, a step just as necessary towards ensuring the safety of the people. 

Old Dhaka has become somewhat notorious for the number of fires which have broken out in the area, with the last two major fires -- in Nimtoli and Chawkbazar -- responsible for the loss of almost 200 lives. 

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