Killing The Future: Asbestos Use In Asia


Asbestos Experience of Asian Countries

The year 2006 was dubbed the Year of Action on Asbestos by the global ban asbestos network. During that time, the asbestos debate started in earnest in Bangladesh, Bulgaria, Egypt, Greece, India, Indonesia, Thailand and the Philippines and engaged with new social partners, groups and individuals in Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, France, Italy, Japan, Korea, Poland, South Africa, and UK and the U.S. in support of calls for a global ban made by trade unions in 2006, asbestos victims' associations, community groups, international bodies and politicians from 42 countries issued a petition stating"

"we declare that each human being has the right to live and work in a healthy environment. It is not acceptable that a substance which is too harmful to be used in the European Union is used in Asia, Africa and Latin America; it is not acceptable for an industrialized country to dump asbestos-contaminated ships in a developing country…The time for action is now!"

Emphasizing the ever-expanding links of the virtual ban asbestos campaign was the agenda of a meeting held on December 3, 2006 in New Delhi by Dr. TK Jashi, Head of the (Indian) Center for Occupational & Environmental Health. The well-attended event featured presentations by key scientific and medical experts from Asia, North America and the Middle East and campaigners representing Asian asbestos victims and community groups. On May 18-19, 2007, a Korean-Japanese Symposium: Solutions on Asbestos Issues was held in Seoul, Korea; this event was supported by a broad range of groups representing civil society in both countries.

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