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    • OSH Rights: April 2016, No 37

      In this Issue

      • 3 Years of Rana Plaza: Justice Remains Elusive
      • Asbestos free South Asia – If not now, then when?
      • NTUF press conference and rally in Karachi, Pakistan
      • Updates from Partners
      • Campaigns and Support
      • Upcoming Events
      • Tributes
      • Articles of Interest
      • Regional News

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    • Victim’s Voice for Environmental Justice

      68% of the Korean babies and mothers died after using European company’s products.

      52% died after using RB product

      We accuse Reckitt Benckiser, TESCO, KeTox to European society and global market

      We are here to deliver victim’s message on behalf of all Korean victims as well as nations who are shock about RB’s manslaught with its product and angry about denying of Korean government’s announcement with RB Korea’s own report manipulated and bribed which has been unveiled by Korean prosecutors recently.

      According to the Korean government’s first and second victim survey in 2014 and 2015 respectively, 146 have lost their lives out of 530 victims due to using humidifier disinfectants, sterilizer in other word, which have been widely used in Korea for dry winter season since 1994. Korean government’s official investigation on this matter has been done in 2011 August and forced to recall all products in December. Read more

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    • Asbestos free South Asia – If not now, then when?

      Press Release from the South Asia strategy meeting on Asbestos 2016

      The South Asia Strategic meeting on the ban of asbestos took place in Brac Inn in Dhaka on April 23, 2016. The strategic meeting brought together 20 advocates, activists, victims and trade unionists from Bangladesh, Pakistan, India and Nepal who are working towards a ban of asbestos and was hosted by Bangladesh Ban Asbestos Network (B-BAN), Asian Ban Asbestos Network (A-BAN) and Asia Monitor Resource Centre (AMRC). The global burden of disease estimate of asbestos related diseases in 2013 was 218,338 compared to 107,000 in 2004 . The goal of the meeting is to have focused discussions on building strategies nationally with the sub-region and work on coordinated activities in South Asia in terms of diagnosis, compensation and advocacy working towards a ban in the region. Mr.Mahmood , a worker from the ship breaking yard in Chittagong aged 43 has worked in the yard for 17 years stated that he was not aware of the deadly nature of this carcinogenic substance. He handled asbestos with his bare hands and then used his hands without washing it to ingest food. Even his sputum had asbestos fibred. The asbestos fibred was found all over the worksite. He now suffers from chest pain, breathing problem, malaise and physical weakness. Mr. Sugio Furuya, coordinator of the Asian Ban Asbestos Network (A-BAN) stated that Nepal has banned asbestos in 2015 and Sri Lanka is working its way now towards a ban with a timeline in sight of 2018. In Bangladesh, the Bangladesh Ban Asbestos Network (B-BAN) since its inception in 2013 has been working on raising awareness, education, identifying affected workers and communities especially in Chittagong and B-BAN has the backing of the regional and global advocates for the complete ban of asbestos in Bangladesh. Read More →

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