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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Presenting the ANROEV Network Newsletter “OSH Rights” Issue Number 40

Posted on July 12, 2017

We are delighted to share the Asian Network for the Rights Of Occupational and Environmental Victims (ANROEV) Network Newsletter: “OSH Rights,” Issue Number 40.

Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Rights is a quarterly newsletter on Occupational Health and Safety issues in Asia. This quarter’s newsletter contains 32-pages of rich information and news about the campaigns of the network in Asia – Mining, Victims Organizing, Lung Diseases, Electronics, and more.

The newsletter can be viewed and downloaded from the network website here.

The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) is grateful to have information about our Annual International Asbestos Awareness and Prevention conference and an article of interest, “Lethal lies: How a corporate spy for a Kazakstan company infiltrated the global anti-Asbestos network,” featured in this newsletter.

To share updates about your work (photos, case studies, stories, blogs, etc.) for future newsletters, you may reach out to the network via email at anroev@gmail.com or on Facebook.

In solidarity,

Linda

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Latidos del corazón de la tragedia: El asbesto explicado en el nuevo PSA de ADAO y ‘The Animated Activist’, disponible en seis idiomas

“Asbesto: El asesino usted no puede ver” Objetivos para difundir la conciencia sobre el asbesto a los jóvenes, las familias y los trabajadores de todo el mundo

LOS ÁNGELES – 16 de mayo de 2017 – A las enfermedades como el mesotelioma, que son causadas por el amianto y los asbestos, les puede tomar años, e incluso décadas, para producir la muerte de una persona. Y, sin embargo, contar la verdad acerca de los riesgos ocultos de las fibras de asbesto no toma más tiempo que lo que duran unos cuantos latidos.

La Organización para la Concientización de la Enfermedad por Asbesto (ADAO) y Chocolate Moose Media (CMM) acaban de publicar el video animado de 30 segundos, “Asbestos: El asesino que no puedes ver”, que capta la trágica realidad sobre la mortal sustancia. A través de una historia animada dibujada a mano, el anuncio de servicio público (PSA) revela cómo una niña pierde a su padre por culpa del asbesto, y destacando las insidiosas y casi invisibles fibras. El video está disponible para descarga y uso gratuitos en http://bit.ly/2pOXbU1.

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MEDIA EVENT NOTICE: Global petition demanding action on chrysotile and reform of the Rotterdam Convention to be handed to COP President Rotterdam Convention Tuesday 2nd May

GLOBAL ASBESTOS ACTION ALLIANCE MEDIA EVENT NOTICE

Global petition demanding action on chrysotile and reform of the Rotterdam Convention to be handed to COP President Rotterdam Convention Tuesday 2nd May

Where:                   Front Entrance

Centre International de Conférences Genève (CICG) 17, rue de Varembé
CH-1211 Geneva 20
Switzerland

When:                     9.30 am Tuesday 2nd May 2017

Global Asbestos Action Alliance CANVAFor more than a decade the asbestos industry has blocked the wishes of the rest of the world and refused to allow chrysotile asbestos to be put on the Rotterdam Convention’s list of hazardous substances. A small group of self-interested countries, led by Russia and those that still mine and manufacture chrysotile products, simply refuse to allow it to be listed.

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Press Release: Global Asbestos Action Alliance confronts global asbestos industry – Good CoP/ Bad CoP?

Press Release

Geneva, 24 April 2017

Global Asbestos Action Alliance confronts global asbestos industry – Good CoP/ Bad CoP?

Global Asbestos Action Alliance CANVA

For more than a decade the asbestos industry has blocked the wishes of the rest of the world and refused to allow chrysotile asbestos to be put on the Rotterdam Convention’s list of hazardous substances. This must be stopped at COP 8.

The Global Asbestos Action Alliance will renew it’s push this week to have white asbestos listed as a global banned substance as the 8th Conference of the Rotterdam Convention kicks off in Geneva.

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GBAN Deeply Mourns the Loss of Australian Charter Member Lou Williams

Lou Williams Memorial DedicationPosted on April 18, 2017

The Global Ban Asbestos Network (GBAN) mourns the loss of our own beloved Australian Mesothelioma Warrior, Louise “Lou” Williams, who passed away on April 18, 2017, after courageously battling mesothelioma for more than 14 years.

The impact Lou had on the world is unquestionable. She was a much-loved friend to many of us and an inspiring voice in raising asbestos awareness and fighting for a worldwide asbestos ban. In our VALOR blog, the outpouring of love and respect for Lou only just begins to demonstrate how many lives she has touched. “Kind,” “generous,” “graceful,” “strong,” “inspiration,” and “funny” are worlds frequently used when describing this wonderful woman.

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GUEST BLOG: “Dockers’ Importance in Asbestos Worldwide Commerce” by Francisco Báez Baquet

Posted on March 11, 2017

Translation: Irene Iglesias Díaz-González

(Original text, in Spanish language, published in: «Rebelión», February 6, 2017)

Children who aren’t even born yet will die of asbestos related disease

Bill Shorten, minister for education, employment and workplace relations of Australia

The asbestos epidemic kills one person every two hours in the United States, one every four hours in the United Kingdom, three every day in Italy and Germany, two every day in France, Japan, Australia, and one a day in the Netherlands”: Boggio (2013).

Francisco Báez Baquet

Francisco Báez Baquet

Most of the world asbestos commerce corresponds to the raw material itself and to the main product which is produced with it, the ones produced with cement-asbestos. This worldwide commerce, which presupposes a shipping from the origin to the consumption or production spots, includes a maritime shipping to a greater or lesser degree: Scott Frey (1998) & (2006).

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AFeVA PRESS RELEASE: Turin Prosecution appeals the decision of the Investigating magistrate of Turin in the Court of Cassation

Posted on January 19, 2017

AFEVA LogoA new leaf in the book of the legal battle as the Turin Prosecution appeals the decision of the Investigating magistrate of Turin in the Court of Cassation. It is a battle which AFEVA has been fighting for many, too many years in a quest for justice.

As an association we agree with this step, given why it is being pursued and its underlying motivations. The impact of the verdict – the statute of limitations and the allocation of the trials in several courts, too many obvious mistakes for the prosecution to ignore it and resign.

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“Eternit on Trial in Belgium” by Dr. Barry Castleman

Eternit in Belgium

Eighty-five activists demonstrated in freezing temperatures at the Belgium appeal court

Posted on January 19, 2017

“Eternit on Trial in Belgium” by Dr. Barry Castleman

In Belgium, the trial court awarded 260,000 euros to the Jonckheere family for the death of Eric Jonckheere’s mother in 2000 from environmentally caused mesothelioma.  In the Upper Court of Appeal, Eternit lawyers argued that the cancer was caused by crocidolite asbestos, which the factory in Kapelle stopped using in the late 1970s; and therefore, compensation would be barred by the statute of limitations.  The Jonckheere family’s lawyer, Jan Fermon, argued that three types of asbestos were found in Francoise Jonckheere’s lungs, and that none could be ruled out as causing mesothelioma.  If the appeal court accepts this argument, the statute of limitations would not bar compensation, as the family moved from Kapelle in 1991.  

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“Lessons Learned from the Asbestos Spy” by Hazards Magazine Editor Rory O’Neil

“Lessons Learned from the Asbestos Spy” by Hazards Magazine Editor Rory O’Neil

Posted on January 12, 2017

Science frictionThere’s quite a few cautionary lessons [regarding the Rob Moore asbestos spy case], some of which I didn’t anticipate. These were reinforced by the recent Voiceless Victims spying revelations, where many of the same people were targeted over their safety and labour rights activities.

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“Familial Mesothelioma: ‘The Serial Killer’ of the Corporative Crime” by Francisco Báez Baquet

Familial Mesothelioma CANVAPosted on January 12, 2017

By: Francisco Báez Baquet
Translation: Irene Iglesias Díaz-González
(Original text, in Spanish language, published in: «Rebelión», 12 Nov. 2016 

Preliminary note

The present study consists in an update of the content of chapter number 3 of our book “Amianto: un genocidio impune” (“Asbestos: an unpunished genocide”), including comments of articles which were published after the book was or even though they did not obey this rule, they were excluded. At the same time, we have also made the text lighter in some digression which were out of the line of argument purpose of the text. A dedication is also added.

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