THE ASBESTOS, TO JUDGMENT – The approach to the problem of asbestos, in the European Court of Human Rights by Francisco Báez Baquet

Posted on July 6, 2018

Author: Francisco Báez Baquet

Asbestos products were exported, banned, and asbestos products were labeled, with the warning: “asbestos-free product”. — Dr. Engineer Barry Castleman

“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 and Australia, and one a day in Holland “: Boggio (2013).

The true face of the asbestos industry, beyond disquisitions about whether or not there was a generalized knowledge about the lethal effects of asbestos on such date or another, is perfectly reflected in a paragraph of the article published on November 25. of 2014 in the international edition of the newspaper “El País” (“The country”), written by Eliane Brum, and entitled: “Romana and the billionaire of asbestos: the pain that does not prescribe”.

Says the following: “The victims of asbestosis die slowly and painfully from suffocation.” In Brazil, it was at that moment when companies like Eternit sent their representatives to the hospitals so that the workers, in full agony, signed a document accepting a derisory compensation in exchange for the life that ended, thus preventing their families from taking legal action after his death.”  Continue reading

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Asbestos Experts and Victims Gather in Brazil to Advance Awareness, Prevention, and Implement the Ban

Posted on May 24, 2018

On May 15 – 18, Brazil held the powerful II International Asbestos Seminar. There were four days of incredible information exchanged from around the world. During the nearly twenty sessions, experts from Brazil, Australia, the United Kingdom, Italy, and the United States presented the latest information on early diagnosis, surveillance, justice, social movements, and more. The second annual seminar was organized by Fernanda Giannasi of the Associação Brasileira dos Expostos ao Amianto (ABREA), The Interunion Department on Worker’ Safety And Health (DIESAT), and Marcia Cristina Kamei López Aliaga of the Labor Public Ministry (MPT). It was an honor for the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization to be included alongside our fellow Americans: Dr. Steven Markowitz (City University of New York/ Mt. Sinai), Dr. Barry Castleman (Environmental Consultant), and Dr. Arthur Frank (Drexel University) in this international conference and a privilege to speak about social activism in the US, and the progress and challenges we have faced to ban asbestos in the United States. Continue reading

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Global Asbestos Awareness Week 2018: Reflecting on a Successful Week of Education and Collaboration

Posted on May 24, 2018

In 2018, asbestos remains legal and lethal in the United States. Just last year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released data to indicate that deaths from the results of inhaling asbestos are still on the rise. This year’s Global Asbestos Awareness Week (#2018GAAW) marked 14 years of efforts from all at the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) who strive to raise awareness on the issue. By encouraging the community worldwide to share, learn and most importantly, take action, the hope is that exposure to asbestos will lessen ultimately reducing the number of unnecessary deaths.

According to Keyhole, #2018GAAW had 2,480,532 impressions on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Instagram! Continue reading

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ADAO Honored to Present at the II International Asbestos Seminar in Brazil

Posted on May 17, 2018

The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) was honored for the opportunity to present at the II International Asbestos Seminar on May 16, 2018 for the second time. The second annual seminar, organized by the Associação Brasileira dos Expostos ao Amianto (ABREA), The Interunion Department on Worker’ Safety And Health (DIESAT), and Labor Public Ministry (MPT), takes place in Sao Paulo, Brazil from May 15 to May 19, 2018. The international conference brings together hundreds of stakeholders from the fields of medicine, public health, policy, advocacy, and more to discuss various aspects of the fight to end the asbestos man-made disaster in Brazil and around the world. Linda Reinstein, ADAO President/CEO and Co-Founder, was excited to attend this incredible conference with fellow Americans: Dr. Steven Markowitz (City University of New York/ Mt. Sinai), Dr. Barry Castleman (Environmental Consultant), and Dr. Arthur Frank (Drexel University). Continue reading

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Canada Powerfully Leads with the First National Asbestos Strategy Meeting on May 2nd

Please sign and share the Petition to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Urging Them to Ban Asbestos in the US Now, Without Loopholes or Exemptions!

Posted on May 15, 2018

Asbestos Victims Unite at Canada’s First National Asbestos Strategy Meeting

Unity!

On May 2 President/CEO and Co-Founder Linda Reinstein was able to participate in the first Canadian National Asbestos Strategy Meeting with more than 50 people who represented asbestos victims/family representatives, labor movements, researchers and health professionals, public health and environmental groups, and asbestos activists from Australia, Canada, and the United States.

Alec Farquhar, Office of the Worker Adviser shared, “As a lawyer, I have been sharing for many years the journey of many workers and their families following the dreaded diagnosis of mesothelioma.  This is a cancer which only comes from asbestos exposure.  So all of this suffering was preventable.  My own country, Canada, contributed greatly to that suffering.  We continued supporting the asbestos industry for many years after other countries banned it.  I am so pleased that the current Canadian government has taken the vital step of implementing a ban.  This puts us finally on the right side of history.  There is lots of work left to do to make Canada asbestos free, but we can feel a tremendous sense of satisfaction that we have reached this important moment.”  Continue reading

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ADAO’s Reflections on the Inspirational 14th International Mesothelioma Interest Group (iMiG) Conference in Ottawa, Canada

Posted on May 15, 2018

Every two years, the iMig conference brings together experts dedicated to treating and curing mesothelioma. It features groundbreaking workshops, presentations and discussions, and strengthens collaborative efforts across the globe.

The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) was joined delegates from around the world at the 14th International Mesothelioma Interest Group (iMiG) Conference, May 2-5 in Ottawa, Canada. They have attended and presented at seven iMig conferences across the globe including Chicago, Amsterdam, Kyoto, Boston, United Kingdom, South Africa and now Canada. As reported by iMig, the conference brought together nearly 450 delegates and 100 poster presentations from around the world for four educational days in Ottawa.  The meeting offered plenty of networking opportunities with leading scientists, researchers, friends and colleagues, and featured the most up-to-date research, diverse topics of interest, and educational sessions with leading experts.  Continue reading

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APHEDA’s MEDIA RELEASE: Stop the Coming Cancer Epidemic in Asia

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

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Manslaughter Trials Set to Start against Swiss Asbestos Billionaire

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

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Global Ban Asbestos Network Guest Blog by David Trigg

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”.

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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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