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    ANROEV OSH RIGHT NEWSLETTER Issue No. 52, July to September 2021

    October 19, 2021 in Latest News, OSHRights, SlideShow, Top News

    OSH RIGHT NEWSLETTER ISSSUE 52, July to September 2021

    Please find the OSH Right Newsletter Issue No. 52, July to September 2021 . Thank you all for your contribution,OSH RIGHT NEWSLETTER 52 Cover page

    ANROEV STATEMENT OF SOLIDARITY WITH AMRC & HONGKONG TRADE UNIONS

    September 27, 2021 in Latest News, SlideShow, Top News, Victim Story

    ANROEV’S STATEMENT OF SOLIDARITY WITH AMRC & HONGKONG TRADE UNIONS

     

    The Asian Network for the Rights of Occupational and Environmental Victims (ANROEV), a coalition of victims’ groups, trade unions and other labour groups across Asia, all committed to the rights of Victims and for overall improvement of health and safety at the workplace is deeply anguished at the developments in Hongkong. The recent attack on the Trade Unions and organisations working towards the welfare of labour is strongly condemnable. The political changes in Hongkong in the recent past have had major implications to the labour. The workers who have been already at a receiving end with the growing marginalisation in the context of informalisation, union busting and restrictions and suffering a huge set back with the pandemic are now facing a threat of complete elimination of their rights. Unions and organisations working for their welfare and fighting for their entitlements are shutting down their operations because of the strong-arm techniques of the state machinery.

    While the entire world is witnessing shrinking civic spaces and many governments in Asia are restricting several democratic rights of their citizens and severely misusing the scare of the pandemic, the introduction of the National Security Law in Hong Kong in June 2020 has almost become a death-knell for the thriving democratic institutions in Hongkong. This has led to several Unions, including the popular Teachers Union, Free Trade Union and civil society organisations like the Asia Monitor Resources Centre (AMRC) to sadly close their operations and disband.

    With this joint statement, we stand with the Asia Monitor Resource Centre (AMRC) which has been in the forefront of enabling victims of occupational and environmental accidents and exposure to pollution and stress. Its efforts to enable their solidarity across Asia has been commendable. We also express solidarity with the Hong Kong labour movement in their struggle for more equal and democratic Hong Kong.

     

    Ram Charitra Sah

    ANROEV Coordinator

    Mobile/WhatsApp: +977=9803047621

    Email: anroev@gmail.com

    Web: www.anroev.org

     

    Date: 21st September 2021

     

    ENDORSED BY

     

    Center for Public Health and Environmental Development (CEPHED), Kathmandu, Nepal

    Environics Trust, India

    Bangladesh Occupational Safety, Health and Environment Foundation  (OSHE foundation), 6-A/1-19 Mirpur, Dhaka-1216, Bangladesh

    The International Campaign for Responsible Technology (ICRT) , San Jose, CA  95112 USA

     Peoples Training and Research Centre (PTRC), India

    India Ban Asbestos Network, New Delhi, India

    Todd Jailer, Hesperian Health Guides

    Japan Occupational Safety and Health Resource Center (JOSHRC)

    Asian Ban Ban Asbestos Network (ABAN)

    The International Ban Asbestos Secretariat endorses this statement.

    Good Electronics Network

    Families Against Corporate Killers, FACK from UK

    Susanna CAMUSSO, Head of international Policy, CGIL, Corso d’Italia 25, 00198 Roma

    Dr. Guenther Kittel , ppm Research, Consulting/ Health Work Environment, Auatria

    Kathy Jenkins, Secretary, Scottish Hazards

    Thora Brendstrup , AAA Denmark

    Gerhard Elsigan , ppm Linz , Austria

    European Work Hazards Network (EWHN)

    Yvonne Waterman, President, European Asbestos Forum Foundation

    UK Hazards Campaign

    Greater Manchester Hazards Centre

    Surya Ferdian, Local Initiative for OSH Network (LION), Indonesia

    Dr. Ashish Mital, Labour Resource Center, India

    Union Aid Abroad- APHEDA

    Ecological Alert and Recovery -Thailand (EARTH)

    Council of Work and Environment Related Patient`s Network of Thailand (WEPT)

    Ban Asbestos Network Korea (BANKO),

    Asian Citizen`s Center for Environment and Health (ACCEH), Korea

     

     

     

     

    PRESS STATEMENT on LG Styrene Vapour release

    July 14, 2020 in Events, SlideShow, Top News

    LG killed 15 from Styrene Vapour Release at Vizag, India Press Statement Event Banner1Asian Citizen’s Center for Environment and Health, South Korea organizing a press statement on LG Styrene Vapour release resulting 15 deaths of innocent people including children of age 6 to 10 and huge damage to crops, soil and water contamination and losses of numerous domestic animals and cattle in Vizag, Andhrapradesh, India. 

    The incidence had happen in LG polymer Pvt. Ltd. company  in India owned by LG Chem South Korea.

     
    Press statement event will be held today on 14th July 2020, Tuesday 1 pm at Downtown, Seoul, South Korea. 
    More can be found at :

    ANROEV PRESS RELEASE on LG Chemical Personnel Run Away from India

    June 30, 2020 in SlideShow, Top News

    For Immediate Release

    Attn: News, Business, Science, Health Editors

    28 June 2020

    Contact:           Jagdish Patel (India), +91 9426486855 jagdish.jb@gmail.com

     

    LG Chemical Personnel Run Away from India As Government Investigation Reports Identify Safety Failures

     Korean personnel’s mission clashes with community realities

    (Visakhapatnam, India): Three Korean LG personnel whose passports were confiscated due to their importance in the investigation of the company’s deadly styrene gas release, have fled India after getting a favorable court judgement. Community members and Indian occupational and environmental safety activists affiliated with the ANROEV network condemned the decision noting that once LG Chemical personnel leave India, they will likely avoid responsibility and not return, as has happened in other cases, including Bhopal.

    Korean personnel fled India following a critical report by India’s National Green Tribunal and just before an investigative report emerges from the Andhra Pradesh State Government, which objected to calling the tragedy an accident noting that, “We all know it was not an accident. The styrene leak was a result of a series of safety failures.”

    LG Chemical sent the Korean team to Visakhapatnam, India in mid-May to investigate the cause of the styrene release and support, “responsible rehabilitation.” In contrast, LG has pursued a vigorous effort to avoid investigation of its safety failures and to evade any payment of compensation for the tragedy that it caused.

    Here are some examples of LG actions in India following its deadly styrene leak:

    1. LG hired the former Attorney General of India to petition the Supreme Court in an effort to remove the National Green Tribunal from investigating the tragedy.
    1. LG tried to stop disbursement of an interim fine of of ₹50 crore (~US$6.6 million, ~₩8.1 billion) for compensation and restoration.
    1. More than one month after the tragedy, LG still had not responded to questions from a State investigative committee.
    2. LG also claimed in Korean media to be disbursing food to local residents. However, the State Government already was distributing food to migrant workers struggling with the COVID-19 lockdown. Community residents received food from the State-managed food supply, not LG.
    3. LG claimed that Suraksha Hospital would “take care of all residents’ health check-ups and future treatment.” However, the experience of community residents is that while the first visit was free, all subsequent treatment for LG’s styrene gas release had to be paid by the victims.

    In summary, Korean LG personnel were essentially invisible in the affected community and did not resolve any key community issues. LG’s Korean personnel did not declare long-term measures to monitor the environmental and health impacts of their company’s pollution. Instead, they ran away from the country on a chartered flight as government investigations started closing in.

    Community members and public interest advocates call on LG to act more like a responsible corporate leader. Absolute liability should be applied to both LG Chemical and LG Polymers, including accountability for deaths, injuries, crop damage, and environmental pollution, among others. Long-term health surveillance and support should be provided to the community and be paid for by the company. Finally, there should be a thorough and impartial investigation of the tragedy and civil society and victims’ representatives should be part of the investigation and any settlement with the company.

    LG Polymers uses styrene to make polystyrene plastic components for LG appliances sold in India. Styrene is a probable human carcinogen, crosses the placenta and has a variety of harmful effects. Styrene is explosive and must be stored at low temperatures. However, LG failed to maintain the storage temperature below 20C during a COVID-19 lockdown period, leading to the harmful release.

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    Reporters and editors please contact:

    Jagdish Patel (India), +91 9426486855 jagdish.jb@gmail.com

    GLOBAL PROTEST AGAINST LG POLYMER Gas Leak

    June 5, 2020 in ActionAlerts, Events, SlideShow, Top News

    Numbers of ANROEV Members organisations around ASIA Continent have joined today the Global Protest against LG Polymer Gas Leak protest as solidarity actions in support of victims. So far 14 People in Vizag India and 1 People in Korea has been killed by LG Chemicals and its company based in India and Korea.  ANROEV member organisation from India, Korea, Nepal, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Japan etc. have joined the CALL FOR ACTIONS in their respective countries and have also participated on online demonstration rally today organised mainly in Korea and India.

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