15 December 2017
Stop the coming cancer epidemic in Asia
Global call for action to scientists, doctors, researchers and groups affected by asbestos
An influential group of scientists and researchers today launched a global campaign to counter the misinformation from the asbestos industry, particularly in Asia, about the cancer causing product.
Latest estimates by respected global epidemiological study Global Burden of Disease (GBD), conducted by the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation suggest more than 222,000 people died globally in 2016 from asbestos related diseases such as lung cancer, mesothelioma, laryngeal and ovarian cancer as well as asbestosis. The GBD study is the most comprehensive worldwide observational epidemiological study ever conducted. Continue reading
Posted on December 16, 2017
BLOG and RELEASE by AFeVA – Casale Monferrato
On the morning of the 14th of December the Court of Cassation announced it had rejected the appeal by the Prosecutor and General Persecution of Turin against the investigating magistrate (GUP)’s verdict which in November 2016 had redefined the indictment against SS from murder to wilful manslaughter (omicidio colposo con colpa cosciente), that is to say aggravated by the fact that the defendant was aware that deaths could occur from the exposure to asbestos. The General Prosecutor of Italy for the Court of Cassation had already applied for it to be rejected as had SS’s lawyers Guido Alleva and Astolfo Di Amato who had also petitioned for formal matters. Lawyer Gatti, in representation of all the plaintiffs had upheld the opposite. The ruling (motivations ) will be known in 30 days and may be more detailed. Continue reading
Posted on October 16, 2017
Dave Trigg, Honorable Chair, Derbyshire Asbestos Support Team (DAST)
In 1963, in London, a famous trial took place at the ‘Old Bailey’ court, where a Dr. Stephen Ward was charged with living off immoral earnings.
One of the witnesses was Mandy Rice Davies, and during cross-examination she famously said, when asked about the evidence given by another witness, “Well he would [say that] wouldn’t he”.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or on Facebook.
“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.
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
When: 9.30 am Tuesday 2nd May 2017
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. 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.
Geneva, 24 April 2017
Global Asbestos Action Alliance confronts global asbestos industry – Good CoP/ Bad CoP?
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.
Posted 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.
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
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).
Posted on January 19, 2017
A 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.