UN officials in Alang to assess human rights issues
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Last Updated: Saturday, January 16, 2010, 21:50
Bhavnagar: Two UN officials have arrived to assess various issues concerning the human rights of workers engaged in the ship-breaking industry at Alang, Gujarat Pollution Control Board (GPCB) officials said here on Saturday.

"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, both from Geneva, arrived here today," GPCB member secretary R G Shah said.

"The UN officials are here to assess issues concerning the human rights of those engaged in the ship-breaking industry," he said, adding the duo were also interested in learning the reason for Oriya people arriving here as temporary labourers.

"They would be looking into the issues concerning, workers' safety, their human rights and environmental safety," Shah said, adding that the UN representatives would be staying in Alang tomorrow and are likely to leave Monday morning.

The UN officials were accompanied by officials of the GPCB and the Gujarat Maritime Board (GMB), sources said.


First Published: Saturday, January 16, 2010, 21:50

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