I was working in my room on the fourth floor of a hotel in Dhaka, Bangladesh’s busy capital, when I saw a man hanging by a rope. To be precise, he was suspended on a fragile-looking piece of wood tied to a single swaying cord. The words emblazoned on his t-shirt read “Jesus ♥ Me”. While I’m not normally religious, for his sake I truly hoped this was the case.

I had come to Bangladesh to work on a project focused on improving the rights of workers. On that particular day, I was working from my hotel because the city had been shut down by a hartal – one of the strikes-cum-protests that were becoming more frequent as national elections neared. As I worked, my thoughts kept wandering to the man on the rope. What about his rights?

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