Welcome to GBAN!

November 15, 2010 Press Release

The power of social media is undeniably revolutionary, dynamic, and essential for grassroots organizations. Decades of work from around the world to educate, advocate, and ultimately ban asbestos has culminated in the creation of a new social media based community effort called the Global Ban Asbestos Network (GBAN).

GBAN is a non-profit and independent initiative established to promote and facilitate collaboration, communication, and action to achieve a global asbestos ban.  GBAN is being launched two months earlier based news and need, and will continue to add additional Charter Members representing their country and content to our website.  Our connected social media resources will pioneer innovative methods to improve the efficacy of grassroots efforts to combat the global asbestos threat. The Facebook page was the first part of the network and has hundreds of followers already within just a few weeks.

GBAN is proud to introduce the first 24 Charter Members representing 17 countries who have joined in solidarity and support. Initial charter members will be joined by other leading ban asbestos individuals from across the globe as GBAN rapidly expands. Each Charter Member can regularly contribute content to the site, providing an additional one-stop resource representing the world’s preeminent asbestos authorities. Technology allows the GBAN website portal to translate postings into nearly 60 different languages. In addition, visitors will be able to utilize a variety of social media programs including Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, and Picasa Photos to post comments, pictures, videos, etc. while easily sharing information with the click of a mouse.

It’s exciting to look at how all of our global efforts are now coming together through this kind of extensively linked social media network. GBAN is a strong and powerful reminder that the voices of ban asbestos advocates are truly united.

GBAN was founded by the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) and the Brazilian Association of the Asbestos-Exposed (ABREA).

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Press Release: AFeVA Press Release on Italian Court Ruling

Posted on November 29, 2016

PRESS RELEASE OF THE ASSOCIATION OF THE RELATIVES OF THE VICTIMS  (AFEVA) 

AFEVA LogoThe Association of the Relatives of Asbestos Victims (AFEVA) of Casale Monferrato and Cavagnolo and the CGIL, CISL and UIL Trade unions wish to release the following statement with reference to the today’s ruling by the Turin preliminary hearing magistrate (GUP) on the so called Eternit-bis trial: 

We waited two years for this result and words cannot describe all the feeling the great effort with nothing to show for has left us with. 

Hearings, debates, arguments and an (avoidable) one year break waiting for the decision of the Constitutional Court, more arguments, six hours in Chambers.. and the magistrates who seemed  to never want to bring it to an end, … has segmented the Eternit- bis trial all over Italy. 

These are the reasons why were are deeply dissatisfied by the decision. 

First of all because the charges have been reduced to manslaughter while the defendant’s behaviour was disconcertingly wilful. 

All the investigations, the witnesses at the first trial had proved it: clearly (but unfortunately not so to this Investigating magistrate).  Thanks to his research centres,  Stephan Schmidheiny was aware of the deaths asbestos would cause but continued as usual.  In the name of profit, the Eternit owner treated the death of hundreds,  thousands of people as a ‘necessary cost’.  Whatever the legal and juridical tradition, this is called wilful murder. 

The second but no less important reason is the implication of the statute of limitations: hundreds of cases awaiting justice, some even not even included in the first trial, have been washed away. For the umpteenth time, we are having to deal with the absurd (to say the least) consequences of the law on the statute of limitations which protects a criminal even after formal charges have been pressed against him, with no regard for the victims. 

The hope is that by sharing the decision making among several courts, it will be faster and simpler to reach the truth, making it impossible for the defendant, Schmidheiny to paradoxically gain an advantage from the ‘too many’ deaths he caused.  The recent Ivrea [Olivetti] case highlighted how the Italian courts are able to make better and reasonably swifter decisions for the victims with smaller numbers. In the coming months the many Eternit –bis trials will be a new test case for the Italian justice system.    

In conclusion, if Afeva and the Unions had doubled their efforts after the 2014 Court of Cassation verdict, now given the number of Prosecutions we will have to at least increase them four-fold. We will, we  undertake to, although we are aware that not even these trials  will offer justice to the new mesothelioma cases which unfortunately ravage Casale and its neighbouring areas.  Our aim, and therefore our commitment, is not to leave anyone behind. 

It’s going to be a long road and unfortunately as from today it branches off in many directions.  Our hope (and our commitment) is that that all these separate cases may be united by a satisfactory verdict in the future.

For the Afeva Directive Giuliana Busto,  President of Afeva, Turin, November the 29th 2016

 (translation by V Franzinetti)

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Presenting ACV and GARDS October 2016 Newsletter

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Please catch up on the latest asbestos news out of Australia with the October 2016 Newsletter from the Asbestos Council of Victoria (ACV) and Gippsland Asbestos Related Diseases Support Inc. (GARDS).

Inside this issue, you’ll find information regarding upcoming asbestos awareness events including the 2016 Christmas Lunch, details about international asbestos conferences, a photo gallery of asbestos imports, and much more!

View the newsletter here.

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Presenting the ANROEV Network Newsletter “OSH Rights” Issue number 38

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Posted October 17, 2016
Dear All,
Presenting the Asian Network for the Rights Of Occupational and Environmental Victims (ANROEV) Network newsletter “OSH Rights” Issue number 38.
Occupational safety and Health (OSH) Rights is a quarterly newsletter on Occupational Health and Safety issues in Asia. The newsletter contains information and news about the campaigns of the network in Asia – Mining, Victims Organising, Lung Diseases, Electronics. 
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ADAO’s 13th Annual International Asbestos Awareness and Prevention Conference April 7 – 9, 2017

SAVE THE DATE

Join us at the ADAO 13th Annual International Asbestos Awareness and Prevention Conference
“Where Knowledge and Action Unite”
April 7 – 9, 2017
Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel

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Reflecting on Three Informative, Inspiring Days of Brazil’s Asbestos Seminar

ADAO’s RESOURCE PAGE for Brazil’s International Seminar on Asbestos: A Socio-Legal Approach

October 6, 2016: On the Frontlines of Change: Day One of Brazil’s International Seminar on Asbestos: A Socio-Legal Approach

October 7, 2016: On the Frontlines of Change: Day Two of Brazil’s International Seminar on Asbestos: A Socio-Legal Approach 

October 11, 2016: Reflecting on Three Informative, Inspiring Days of Brazil’s Asbestos Seminar

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Over 200 asbestos victims, lawmakers, trade unionists, and lawyers gathered in Brazil.

Posted on October 11, 2016 

After three days of seminar programming in Brazil, I am leaving filled with so much inspiration and admiration. It was an honor to join such passionate and knowledgeable advocates discussing how the global anti-asbestos community can partner for prevention. Continue reading

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EPA Takes Action on PBT Chemicals – Pressure to Name Asbestos on Top Ten List Remains Fierce

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I want to clarify some confusing news you may have seen this week about asbestos and the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced five persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic (PBT) chemicals from the EPA’s 2014 Workplan list for expedited review under the new TSCA Section 6 (h).

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Exciting NEWS: U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer Introduces the Alan Reinstein Ban Asbestos Now Act of 2016

Press Release: ADAO President Urges Congressional Support of Alan Reinstein Ban Asbestos Now Act of 2016, Introduced Today by Senator Barbara Boxer

Posted on September 30, 2016

ar-ban-bill-2016-fb-canvaSince the inception of the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO), U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer has been the strongest champion asbestos victims could ask for. Today, she solidified this position by introducing the Alan Reinstein Ban Asbestos Now Act of 2016, with co-sponsorship from U.S. Sen. Jon Tester.

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Join Us at the Asbestos Disease Support Society (ADSS) Symposium on the 19 October

Posted on September 29, 2016

Lou Williams, GBAN Australian National Director

Lou Williams, GBAN Australian National Director

My next venture will be to Brisbane to speak at the Asbestos Disease Support Society (ADSS) Symposium on the 19 October. I am particularly looking forward to catching up with other Meso Warriors after the event for a high tea so we can all have a big hug session. These events are very special to my heart. I will be joining three expert speakers at the Symposium who will aim to educate us on asbestos related disease from their perspective. Professor Niko van Zandwijk from ADRI will touch on the many advancements and developments in the treatment for Mesothelioma. Dr Katherine Semple will be clarifying the distinction between the various asbestos related diseases and Dr Edwards will talking about how chest X-rays and CT scans can be used to diagnose asbestos disease. I will be talking about my journey and my fight to have Keytruda put on the pharmaceutical benefits scheme her in Australia. I understand that the speakers will be filmed and their sessions available on the ADSS website www.adss.org.au shortly after the event. Should people wish to attend they can contact ADSS on 1800 776 412.

Lou Williams, GBAN Australian Director

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Lou Williams, GBAN Australian Director: I’m back on Keytruda after break of 6 months!

Posted on September 10, 2016

Please read and share this update on my journey with Keytruda and my efforts to have it made available to mesothelioma patients through Australia’s Pharmacetical Benefits Scheme (PBS). Currently Keytruda is on PBS for Melanoma cancer only (as of Sept 2015).  Melanoma patients now pay $6 for infusions of Keytruda while patients who are having Keytruda as a life saving drug pay $5,000 to $10,000 per infusion! I know firsthand the benefits of this drug: I have been battling mesothelioma for 13 years, but thanks to Keytruda I am able to continue doing asbestos advocacy work daily, in particular serving as a resource for newly diagnosed patients.

Please join thousands of others and sign my petition to help make this life-saving drug available to Australia’s Mesothelioma Warriors!

PETITION UPDATE: Lou Williams back on Keytruda after break of 6 months!

Lou Williams, GBAN Australian National Director

Lou Williams, GBAN Australian National Director

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AFeVA COMUNICATO: Sentenza Corte Costituzionale

Posted on July 21, 2016

Casale Monferrato, Giovedì 21 luglio 2016

COMUNICATO

AFEVA Logo“È chiaro che, anche dal punto di vista rigorosamente materiale, la morte di una persona, seppure cagionata da una medesima condotta, dà luogo ad un nuovo evento, e quindi ad un fatto diverso rispetto alla morte di altre persone”.

Più chiara di così, la Corte Costituzionale non poteva davvero essere: il processo Eternit bis “s’ha da fare” eccome!

È questa l’unica, inequivocabile indicazione che si può ricavare dalla lettura della sentenza della Corte Costituzionale, finalmente depositata oggi. Nonostante, infatti, la Corte riconosca fondata, in termini generali, la questione sollevata dal Gip di Torino, ne disinnesca completamente la portata pratica nel processo, con argomenti, oltre che giuridici, di comune buon senso.

Al giudice di Torino, che riteneva di essere di fronte a un caso di bis in idem per il solo fatto che le azioni di Stephan Schmidheiny erano già state prese in considerazione nel primo processo, la Corte risponde in modo a dir poco tranciante: “Non vi è (…) alcuna ragione logica per concludere che il fatto, pur assunto nella sola dimensione empirica, si restringa all’azione o all’omissione, e non comprenda, invece, anche l’oggetto fisico su cui cade il gesto, se non anche, al limite estremo della nozione, l’evento naturalistico che ne è conseguito, ovvero la modificazione della realtà indotta dal comportamento dell’agente”.

Noi, che giuristi non siamo, lo avevamo detto fin dal primo giorno, con un linguaggio certamente meno elevato: non ha nessun senso parlare di bis in idem rispetto a casi di omicidio che non sono MAI stati presi in considerazione da nessun giudice, soltanto perché Stephan Schmidheiny, l’ex proprietario dell’Eternit, è già stato sottoposto a processo per l’accusa di disastro, fatto completamente diverso rispetto alle morti dei singoli lavoratori e cittadini.

La regola di giudizio cui si dovrà attenere il Gip di Torino è quindi la seguente: “Sulla base della triade condotta-nesso causale-evento naturalistico, il giudice può affermare che il fatto oggetto del nuovo giudizio è il medesimo solo se riscontra la coincidenza di tutti questi elementi, assunti in una dimensione empirica, sicché non dovrebbe esservi dubbio, ad esempio, sulla diversità dei fatti, qualora da un’unica condotta scaturisca la morte o la lesione dell’integrità fisica di una persona non considerata nel precedente giudizio, e dunque un nuovo evento in senso storico. Ove invece tale giudizio abbia riguardato anche quella persona occorrerà accertare se la morte o la lesione siano già state specificamente considerate, unitamente al nesso di causalità con la condotta dell’imputato, cioè se il fatto già giudicato sia nei suoi elementi materiali realmente il medesimo, anche se diversamente qualificato per il titolo, per il grado e per le circostanze”.

Insomma: per i casi nuovi, mai stati oggetto di contestazione nel primo processo, si può e si deve andare avanti; stesso discorso per i decessi che invece erano già indicati nel primo capo di imputazione, dal momento che neppure questi sono stati oggetto di specifico accertamento.

La speranza, a questo punto, è che il Tribunale di Torino fissi quanto prima la nuova udienza, in modo da porre termine a questa stasi del processo che, come ha chiarito la Corte, è stata, ai fini di questo processo, del tutto inutile.

Avanti senza esitazioni, dunque: finché la gente continuerà a morire di amianto, a Casale e nel resto d’Italia, ad opera delle scriteriate condotte di Stephan Scmidheiny e della società da lui diretta, si potrà e si dovrà continuare a chiedere giustizia per le vittime.

Questo AFEVA ha fatto, negli ultimi trent’anni; questo è quello che continuerà a fare, finché sarà possibile. AFeVA

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