ELAW partner Rizwana Hasan has won a stunning victory for environmental justice, for the people of Bangladesh who labor to break down retired ships, and for the coastal habitats of Bangladesh. The Supreme Court of Bangladesh has ordered that all shipyards operating without environmental approvals must close within two weeks!
Like many countries, Bangladesh has been plagued by low budget, unregulated ship-breaking operations that import toxic ships and tear them apart on coastal beaches. This victory will help end this scourge and protect the laborers who tear apart ships with little or nothing to protect them from PCBs, asbestos, lead and other toxic substances. It will also protect coastal habitats that have been contaminated by toxic wastes from abandoned ships.
Rizwana, who is the Chief Executive of the Bangladesh Environmental Law Association, has been battling to end these ship-breaking abuses for eight years. She called on ELAW for the scientific help she needed to make the case against rogue ship-breaking and ELAW lawyers helped craft her petition.
We congratulate Rizwana for this stunning victory, which will echo around the globe!