NGO Shipbreaking Platform Annual Report 2010 (April 2011)

Abstract

“Pressure for change has never been stronger. During 2010 our member organisation, the Bangladesh Environmental Lawyers Association (BELA), successfully defended a Supreme Court decision to prohibit the import of ships for dismantling unless they are decontaminated of asbestos and all other hazardous materials that are present in the structure of end-oflife ships. The courts will debate this ruling during 2011, and the Platform will continue to argue for substantive reforms: stopping the export of toxic materials to developing countries and getting shipbreaking off the beach and onto a safe working platform.”