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Demonstration of asbestos victims groups

08.05.2013 |WECF




On Thursday, 7th of May 2013, asbestos victims groups representing thousands of victims and their relatives from around the world were demonstrating in front of the UN building in Geneva. They were calling the delegates of the Conference of the Parties of the Rotterdam Convention to include chrysotile asbestos into Annex III of the Convention, which would lead to an prior informed consent for importing countries.

More than 100.000 people die every year because of asbestos related diseases according to WHO and ILO. Parties to the Convention should at least protect the right to know of countries and give them to opportunity to decide freely if they want to import chrysotile asbestos or not.

You can read the statement of the asbestos victims groups here