ELAW partner Rizwana Hasan was featured on CNN recently in a segment entitled “Green Pioneer: Hidden shame of ship-breaking industry.” The story highlights Rizwana’s work protecting the human rights of the ship-breakers in her native Bangladesh. This work led ELAW to nominate Rizwana for the prestigious Goldman Prize, which she won in 2009.
“STORY HIGHLIGHTS” from the CNN website:
- Each year hundreds of ships are taken to Chittagong, Bangladesh, to be broken up
- Men armed with hammers and cutters strip the ships for scrap metal
- Rizwana Hasan works to expose risks to workers, the environment
- Critics accuse her of wanting to shut down an important source of jobs