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No more conditional import of toxic ships [Bangladesh]

Author: Daily Star [Bangladesh], Published on: 22 November 2011

The Supreme Court yesterday directed the government to frame by December 14 a set of rules to free the ship-breaking industry from pollution and ensure safety of the workers…The order came upon a petition against a High Court order that extended the time limit for conditional import of toxic ships for scraps. Bangladesh Environment Lawyers Association (Bela) filed the petition in May…In last 40 months, at least 36 ship-breaking workers were killed and many injured in accidents that could have been averted by having adequate safety precautions…Instead of taking measures to improve the working conditions at the ship-breaking yards, the owners appealed to the High Court to allow them to import toxic ships.

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