18 October 2012

An event about the proposal for a ship recycling regulation presented by the European Commission in March 2012.


  • Sneak preview of “The shipbreakers”, documentary filmed in the yards of Alang, India in the presence of the award-winning US film makers.
  • Exhibition featuring pictures by Pierre Torset of the shipbreaking yards of Bangladesh.
  • Presence of South Asian environment, labour rights and human rights member organisations of the NGO Shipbreaking Platform.

Drinks and refreshments will be served.


Tuesday 6 November from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM


European Parliament Brussels, Room ASP 162


The event will be chaired by MEP Carl Schlyter, rapporteur for the ENVI Committee on this proposal, and will feature speakers from the South Asian countries that are the most affected by the shipbreaking industry today. Amongst the distinguished speakers, Rizwana Hasan, Chief Executive of the Bangladesh Environmental Lawyers Association (BELA) and Advocate of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh, has fought for years in the courts of Bangladesh to ensure that laws protect the environment and workers against the disasters caused by the shipbreaking industry. Rizwana Hasan received the Goldman Prize in 2009 for her work on the shipbreaking issue. Jim Puckett, Executive Director of the Basel Action Network, has been an environmental activist for more than 20 years, closely following and taking part in the debates strengthening the Basel Convention, the only international treaty that currently stops European ships before they are sent for breaking on the beaches of South Asia. Ludwig Kraemer, a well-known environmental lawyer, has analyzed in depth the proposal put forward by the Commission. The European Commission has been invited to participate in the panel.

A short documentary filmed in Alang, India, in 2010 will be shown during the event. Ralph Vituccio, an award-winning documentary film maker and Director of Media Development in Communications Design at Carnegie Mellon, and his colleague Tom Clancey, will be presenting the documentary and sharing their experience while filming in India.

A small exhibition featuring pictures taken in Bangladesh by Pierre Torset,a French photographer, will be featured at the entrance of the event.

Source: NGO Shipbreaking Platform

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