UN officials inspect sites at Alang ship-breaking yard

Last Updated: Sunday, January 17, 2010 - 22:13

Bhavnagar: A team of United Nations (UN)
human rights officers on Sunday inspected various sites at
the Alang ship-breaking yard here to assess the working
conditions and facilities, officials of the Gujarat Pollution
Control Board (GPCB) said.

Okechukwu Ibeanu, Special Rapporteur of the UN Human
Rights Council on the adverse effects of the movement and
dumping of toxic and dangerous products and wastes on the
enjoyment of human rights, and Human Rights Officer Stefano
Sensi, had arrived here from Geneva yesterday.

They were here to assess issues concerning the human
rights of those engaged in the ship-breaking at the world`s
largest scrapping site for ships.

According to GPCB officials, the two UN officials visited
the plot 69 at the ship-breaking yard and saw how the ships
were cut using gas cutters.

They talked to workers and authorities there with regard
to personal and environment safety conditions and also learnt
about the disposal of hazardous products and wastes in the
yard, they said.

The UN officials also visited nearby village of Sosiya
where some ships were being scraped, sources added.

GPCB officials said the two officers left Alang in the
evening for Mumbai.

PTI



First Published: Sunday, January 17, 2010 - 22:13

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