I was stunned to learn that it is alleged that Europeans are dumping waste - including radioactive wastes - off the coast of Somalia, a practice that some say is responsible for the rise in piracy.
Nick Nuttall, a UNEP spokesman, told Al Jazeera that when the barrels were smashed open by the force of the waves, the containers exposed a “frightening activity” that had been going on for more than a decade. “Somalia has been used as a dumping ground for hazardous waste starting in the early 1990s, and continuing through the civil war there,” he said. “The waste is many different kinds. There is uranium radioactive waste. There is lead, and heavy metals like cadmium and mercury. There is also industrial waste, and there are hospital wastes, chemical wastes—you name it.”
However, the media have been remarkably slow to pick up this story. So I was surprised again when I discovered that Muammar Gaddafi condemned the practice in his Green Book. What international laws, treaties or agreements are being violated by the dumping of wastes - including, but not limited to, nuclear wastes - off the coast of Somalia. If NO laws are being violated, that would be interesting to know, too.
P.S. If anyone happens to have a clue what country or countries are behind the dumping of wastes, that would be a nice bonus, even if some people don't think it matters.