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Ms. Rizwana Hasan

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Board Member

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2251 Nelson Street Apt # 68
Laramie , Wyoming 82072
United States

Company Description: SANDEE offers research and technical support in three areas: a) economics of natural resource use and regulations; b) policies for pollution management; and c)...   more

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations


  • master's degree , law
    Dhaka University
  • bachelor , law
    Dhaka University
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Sandee, 3 June 2015 [cached]
Syeda Rizwana Hasan is an enrolled lawyer with the Supreme Court of Bangladesh. In professional life, she is working for the cause of environment as the Chief Executive of a reputed national Non Governmental Organization named Bangladesh Environmental Lawyers Association (BELA). Her main focus is to promote the notion of environmental justice in Bangladesh. Rizwana did her masters and graduation in law from the University of Dhaka with distinction. She started her career with BELA in 1993 and till today is continuing with the same organization. Rizwana, an environmental lawyer, has filed PILs on various environmental issues most of which have received favourable orders/judgments. She has fought against vehicular pollution, river pollution, industrial pollution, ship breaking, grabbing of wetlands, cutting of hills, unregulated mining, unplanned urbanization, commercial shrimp cultivation, deforestation, loss of biodiversity and so on. Her cases are redefining the current notion of development that is devoid of environmental consideration. Since she is an anthropocentric environmentalist, her efforts are adding values to conventional human rights movement by bringing in the elements of environmental justice. She places people's legitimate rights at the center of her activism.
NGO Shipbreaking Platform » Press Release – NGOs Call on Bangladeshi Government to Thoroughly Investigate the Abduction of Rizwana Hasan’s Husband, 14 Mar 2015 [cached]
Rizwana Hasan, who is also a Board member of the NGO Shipbreaking Platform [3], has been fighting for environmental justice in Bangladesh for more than 15 years. She has been vocal against local and international industries whose activities pollute the environment and endanger the health and livelihoods of communities. Rizwana Hasan received the Goldman Prize in 2009 for her work on the shipbreaking issue, which is of particular concern in Bangladesh where toxic end-of-life ships are beached on tidal mudflats and broken down manually by thousands of unprotected workers . In 2012, she won the prestigious Ramon Magsaysay award in recognition of her dedication to environmental justice.
NGO Shipbreaking Platform » Board Members, 8 Oct 2013 [cached]
Rizwana Hasan is an advocate of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh and Chief Executive of Bangladesh Environmental Lawyers Association (BELA). She has filed and advocated for the rights and interests of the landless, fishermen, farmers, and other affected communities in cases involving encroachment on public property; air, water, and soil pollution; compensation for land expropriation and other disruptive development initiatives. She received the United Nations Environment Programme's Global 500 award for BELA's outstanding work; the Goldman Prize in 2009; and the Magsaysay Award in 2012.
The Asia Foundation : News : [cached]
Syeda Rizwana Hasan of Bangladesh and Yuyun Ismawati of Indonesia won the highly coveted prize honoring grassroots environmentalists.
SAN FRANCISCO - The Asia Foundation applauds the Goldman Environmental Prize announcement today that two of its program partners, Syeda Rizwana Hasan of Bangladesh and Yuyun Ismawati of Indonesia, have each won the highly coveted prize honoring grassroots environmentalists.
Syeda Rizwana Hasan, 40, is a lawyer and executive director of the Bangladesh Environmental Lawyers Association (BELA), a non-profit, non-governmental organization established in 1992 to contribute to the development of sound environmental jurisprudence in Bangladesh. Since then, BELA has played a leading role in promoting environmental legal advocacy in Bangladesh, enhancing environmental policy, and extending the scope and enforcement of legal standards in environmental protection and resource management. The Asia Foundation is one of BELA's original supporters. Since its first grant in 1993, the Foundation has provided institutional, programatic, and professional staff development assistance to BELA for a variety of public advocacy initiatives. These include advocacy efforts to sensitize public officials, Members of Parliament, and the judiciary to environmental issues, and support for BELA's pioneering role in securing judicial commitment to public interest litigation in Bangladesh as an effective legal tool for protecting environmental rights. Achievements include landmark court decisions that: recognized the constitutional right to a clean environment; stemmed industrial pollution; banned smoking in public vehicles; ordered environmental compensation; and directed public agencies to take actions to protect the environment.
Ms. Hasan has filed numerous cases in which BELA has represented communities in cases involving encroachment on public property, air, water, and soil pollution. She has also played a crucial role in assisting with compensation for land expropriation, protection of laborers from hazardous working conditions, relocation of tanneries that discharge toxic chemicals into the environment, and maintenance of urban environmental facilities. More recently, Ms. Hasan has lobbied for critical legislation to protect Bangladesh's environment and reduce the environmental health and safety hazards faced by workers in the ship-breaking industry. In March 2009, a BELA petition secured a High Court direction to the Department of Environment to ensure that all ship-breaking yards operating without environmental clearance close their operations within two weeks, together with an order prohibiting the import of any end-of-life ships that have not been cleaned of all hazardous materials such as asbestos, PCBs, heavy metals, and oil residues before arrival in Bangladesh.
Over the years, Ms. Hasan has facilitated scores of training programs for journalists, judges, government officials, lawyers, and concerned citizens to increase environmental awareness and support participatory law making. In 2003, the Foundation supported her participation in the prestigious Environmental Leadership Program of the University of California at Berkeley.
Note to reporters: Additional information, including press materials, detailed biographies, and photos for Syeda Rizwana Hasan and Yuyun Ismawati, is at
NGO Shipbreaking Platform » Platform News – Rizwana Hasan receives the Magsaysay Award for her fight for environmental justice, 8 Oct 2013 [cached]
Platform News - Rizwana Hasan receives the Magsaysay Award for her fight for environmental justice
Brussels, 4 September 2012 - Rizwana Hasan, Chief Executive of the Bangladesh Environmental Lawyers Association (BELA), a member organisation of the NGO Shipbreaking Platform, received the prestigious Ramon Magsaysay Award on 31 August, during a ceremony in Manila, Philippines. Rizwana Hasan was amongst a group of six outstanding individuals who "are collectively advancing causes to improve lives and transform societies across Asia", according to the Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation. Rizwana Hasan was especially recognized for "her uncompromising courage and impassioned leadership in a campaign of judicial activism in Bangladesh that affirms the people's right to a good environment as nothing less than their right to dignity and life."
In 2009, Rizwana Hasan succeeded in petitioning the High Court of Bangladesh to ban end-of-life ships from entering Bangladeshi waters, thus effectively closing the shipbreaking yards, and asked for legal guarantees so that the ships would be broken in a safe and environmentally-sound way. Since then, her continuous dedication to environmental justice has regularly brought to light the disastrous conditions in which end-of-life ships are broken on the beaches of Bangladesh.
"We, at BELA, are proud to be associated with a cause [environmental justice] that deeply affects the life of every Bangladeshi and indeed every human being around the globe," Rizwana Hasan said upon receiving the award.
Rizwana Hasan joined BELA in 1993 and was inspired "to work for the cause of environment and explore innovative ways of using law to defend rights and denounce injustices."
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