Earlier this week, two prominent environmental organizations named their top 10 most polluted places. One of those sites – Hazaribagh in Dhaka, the Bangladesh capital – is a place I know well. It’s home to 150 or so leather tanneries densely packed into a residential neighborhood. How did it become one of the most polluted spots on the planet? High international demand for leather shoes and belts from Bangladesh combined with decades of non-enforcement of environment and labor laws. None of those tanneries have effluent treatment plants. Each day, they discharge 21,000 cubic meters of tannery waste into gutters that flow into Dhaka’s main river. This toxic mix contains chromium, lead, and other chemicals, as well as animal hair and flesh.
Speakers at a workshop have stressed for joint efforts of the government and non-government organisations to eliminate hazardous child labour for ensuring universal rights for all children. They also favoured providing necessary assistance to the working children in hotels, restaurants, welding workshops and other hazardous places to pave way for their normal growth and flourishing talents to uphold their human and social rights, reports BSS. ‘Come to Work’, an NGO, organised the daylong workshop with the assistances of ‘Oporajeyo Bangladesh’ and Eco Social Development Organisation (ESDO) at Young Star Club in Parbotipur upazila town of Dinajpur on Tuesday.