The Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation has announced that ELAW partner Rizwana Hasan is a 2012 awardee! Rizwana is being recognized for “her uncompromising courage and impassioned leadership in a campaign of judicial activism in Bangladesh that affirms the people’s right to a good environment as nothing less than their right to dignity and life.”
ELAW has worked with Rizwana for more than 15 years. “She is a champion of the people and the environment,” says ELAW Staff Scientist Mark Chernaik, who traveled to Dhaka in 1996 to collaborate with her on work to protect communities from polluting tanneries. When news of Rizwana’s award was posted to ELAW’s international network, messages of congratulations poured in from ELAW partners in India, Pakistan, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Ukraine, Nigeria, Belize, Costa Rica and Jamaica.
Rizwana, you are an inspiration!