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the Eternit trial report, Torino (Italy)

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June 3th, 2013. English translation of Appeal sentence, short version (9') video LINK

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Feb 13th, 2012. English translation of 1st instance sentence, short version (6')

The verdict in english (first 8 pages), pdf format

Full sentence: video file for downloading (1,5 GB)

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Linda Reinstein posted a blog post
Oct 1, 2013
A blog post by Laurie Kazan-Allen was featured

Calls for Revocation of Academic Honor

An article entitiled "A Toxic Legacy" which appeared in a newspaper published by a Yale University…See More
Sep 23, 2013
Laurie Kazan-Allen posted a blog post

Calls for Revocation of Academic Honor

An article entitiled "A Toxic Legacy" which appeared in a newspaper published by a Yale University…See More
Sep 23, 2013
A blog post by Laurie Kazan-Allen was featured
Aug 26, 2013
Laurie Kazan-Allen posted a blog post

Casale Monferrato - a global reference point!

A new video documenting the asbestos contamination caused in a small Mexican community references…See More
Aug 14, 2013
Laurie Kazan-Allen posted a blog post
Jul 7, 2013
Asbestos Victims Families Casale posted a blog post

Interview with Eva Delgado by Asociación Frente al Asbesto del Perú (AFA)

Here the interview to Eva Delgado by Asociación Frente al Asbesto del Perú (AFA), about the…See More
Jun 30, 2013
A blog post by Asbestos Victims Families Casale was featured

First collective civil trial in Spain against asbestos industry

On 10th and 11th june in Seville (Spain) will be held the first collective trial against asbestos…See More
Jun 8, 2013
Asbestos Victims Families Casale posted a blog post

First collective civil trial in Spain against asbestos industry

On 10th and 11th june in Seville (Spain) will be held the first collective trial against asbestos…See More
Jun 8, 2013
A blog post by Niccolò Bruna was featured

Eternit Executive Schmidheiny Sentenced to 18 Years on Appeal

Lower court had handed down 16 years. Municipality of Casale Monferrato awarded €30 million in…See More
Jun 8, 2013
Niccolò Bruna posted a blog post

Eternit Executive Schmidheiny Sentenced to 18 Years on Appeal

Lower court had handed down 16 years. Municipality of Casale Monferrato awarded €30 million in…See More
Jun 8, 2013
Niccolò Bruna posted videos
Jun 8, 2013
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Eternit Appeal Verdict 3rd june 2013

Eternit Executive Schmidheiny Sentenced to 18 Years on Appeal Lower court had handed down 16 years. Municipality of Casale Monferrato awarded €30 million in compensation, €20 million to regional authority Dignified tears and hugs greeted the…
Jun 8, 2013
A discussion started by Asbestos Victims Families Casale was featured

On-line the appeal verdict in English

Available on-line at the following link:…See More
Jun 7, 2013
Asbestos Victims Families Casale posted a discussion

On-line the appeal verdict in English

Available on-line at the following link:…See More
Jun 7, 2013
Laurie Kazan-Allen posted a blog post

June 3, 2013!

The world is watching what happens on June 3 in the Turin courthouse. The implications are enormous…See More
Jun 3, 2013
A discussion started by Niccolò Bruna was featured

2013 Appeal Verdict in the Great Asbestos Trial

by Laurie Kazan-Allen Today (June 3, 2013)In Turin the Appeal Court not only upheld a landmark…See More
Jun 3, 2013
Niccolò Bruna posted a discussion

2013 Appeal Verdict in the Great Asbestos Trial

by Laurie Kazan-Allen Today (June 3, 2013)In Turin the Appeal Court not only upheld a landmark…See More
Jun 3, 2013
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May 9, 2013
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May 9, 2013
 

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On-line the appeal verdict in English

Started by Asbestos Victims Families Casale in LAWSUIT. Last reply by Niccolò Bruna Jun 8, 2013. 2 Replies

Available on-line at the following link:Eternit Appeal VerdictContinue

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2013 Appeal Verdict in the Great Asbestos Trial

Started by Niccolò Bruna in LAWSUIT. Last reply by Niccolò Bruna Jun 8, 2013. 1 Reply

by Laurie Kazan-Allen Today (June 3, 2013)In Turin the Appeal Court not only upheld a landmark asbestos verdict of 2012 but upped the prison sentence handed out to Swiss billionaire Stephan Schmidheiny from 16 to 18 years!…Continue

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Calls for Revocation of Academic Honor

Posted by Laurie Kazan-Allen on September 13, 2013 at 12:43 0 Comments

An article entitiled "A Toxic Legacy" which appeared in a newspaper published by a Yale University student this week reported calls by AFeVA for an honorary degree awarded to asbestos defendant Stephan Schmidheiny to be withdrawn. Sixteen years before Schmidheiny was sentenced to 16 years in jail by a Turin Court (2012), he had been feted at Yale. At that time, the University’s President Richard Levin cited Schmidheiny's creation of “an attainable vision of a global economy based on sustainable, ecologically sound development.” 

In this month's article, Yale journalist Jack Newsham reported that in light of the guilty verdicts handed down by two Italian courts, AFeVA has asked the university to revoke its decision to honor Schmidheiny.  So far, it seems, that the university is standing by its decision. the article can be read online at:…

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Fernanda Giannasi: Engineer, Activist, Proud Brazilian and Devoted Friend of Casale Monferrato

Posted by Laurie Kazan-Allen on August 23, 2013 at 11:36 0 Comments

 The news that renowned Labor Inspector Fernanda Giannasi has retired this month (August 2013) has led to an outpouring of support and commendation for this courageous and pioneering champion of working people. For thirty years, Fernanda has been on the frontline of the campaign to support asbestos victims and ban asbestos in Brazil. Her generosity of spirit and campaigning activities have, however, extended far beyond the borders of her country. Her involvement with Italian colleagues began over two decades ago and she has worked tirelessly to achieve a synergy in the Italian and Brazilian campaigns for asbestos justice.

In April 2011, Fernanda took part in activities in Casale Monferrato to mark International Workers Memorial Day. Her presence had a huge impact on the citizens in this…

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First collective civil trial in Spain against asbestos industry

Posted by Asbestos Victims Families Casale on June 8, 2013 at 23:23 1 Comment

On 10th and 11th june in Seville (Spain) will be held the first collective trial against asbestos industry in Spain.

24 damaged people and the relatives of one victim are demanding a compensation up to 2mln of euros against Uralita, the main spanish asbestos products industry. Outside the gates of the courtroom victims and associations of various cities of Spain will gather together. A small delegation of Afeva will come to support spanish fight.

Attached press release in spanish.PressRelease

Eternit Executive Schmidheiny Sentenced to 18 Years on Appeal

Posted by Niccolò Bruna on June 8, 2013 at 17:00 0 Comments

Lower court had handed down 16 years. Municipality of Casale Monferrato awarded €30 million in compensation, €20 million to regional authority

Dignified tears and hugs greeted the reading of the sentence in Turin. Swiss industrialist Stephan Schmidheiny, in the dock at the Eternit asbestos trial, was being sentenced to 18 years’ imprisonment for culpable disaster. The lower court had handed down 16 years. The appeal court also ordered payment of €20 million in interim damages to the Piedmont regional authority and more than €30.9 million to the municipality of Casale Monferrato.

PLUS TWO – In “partial reform” of the lower court’s verdict, the appeal judge raised by two years the sentence given to the 66-year-old Swiss executive, the only surviving defendant in the Eternit case after the death at the age of 92 on 21 May of Belgian Baron Louis de Cartier de Marchienne. Mr Schmidheiny was found…

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Asbestos has not been inclused in UN list of hazardous substances

Posted by Alessandro Pugno on May 9, 2013 at 15:06 0 Comments

by Kathleen Ruff



At the Rotterdam Convention conference in Geneva, the asbestos industry has succeeded in defeating the recommendation to place chrysotile asbestos on the Convention’s list of hazardous substances.



Out of the 143 countries attending the conference, 7 countries – Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Ukraine, Zimbabwe, India and Vietnam – opposed the listing.listing. Thus it was not possible to achieve consensus and the recommendation to list chrysotile asbestos will be put forward again, for the 5th time, at the Conference of the Parties in 2015.



When the listing of chrysotile asbestos was put forward on the first day, the President of the conference recalled how Canada had refused to allow the listing at the previous conference in 2011 and Canada then stated that it did not oppose the listing of chrysotile asbestos.



The African group of countries earlier made a statement that – with the exception of Zimbabwe – they were united in… Continue

Rotterdam Convention Asbestos Side Event

Posted by Alessandro Pugno on May 8, 2013 at 16:25 0 Comments

Rotterdam Convention Asbestos Side Event



by Laurie Kazan-Allen



From 1:15 until 3 p.m. today (May 8) at the Conference of the Parties to the Rotterdam Conventon, an event took place in Room 4 of the International Conference Centre. Reflecting the high degree of interest regarding chrysotile asbestos generated by the obstructive behaviour of asbestos vested interests, there was a very good turnout.



As well as dozens of official delegates from Iran, Bahrain, Malaysia, Egypt, Tunisia and elsewhere, were representatives of Russian and Brazilian trade unionis aligned with the asbestos industry.



The panel of speakers consisted of campaigner Sugio Furuya from the Japan Occupational Health and Safety Centre, Brazilian Labor Inspector Fernanda Giannasi, filmmaker and Italian researcher Alessandro Pugno and activists Vladimir Kototenko and Elina Doszhanova from Kyrgyzstan and Kazaksthan respectively.



The side event was organized by the… Continue

Asbestos and the Council of Europe

Posted by Asbestos Victims Families Casale on April 8, 2013 at 13:52 0 Comments

The council of Europe  (Not to be confused with European Council or Council of the European Union[1].) . includes countries such as Russia and most of the former Eastern European block.  The deputy mayor of Frassineto, former Senator Muzio  is presenting an appeal (attached in French) also signed by other Italians, French, Rumanians,  Poles, German, Armenians and Norwegian representatives of Local Authorities which was presented at the 22nd Local and Regional Authority Conference [2]  and will be discussed at the next meeting in Ankara on June the 27th. The current vice president and  past president is Merces Bresso former Chair of the Region Piedmont who was involved in the…

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French justice situation

Posted by Asbestos Victims Families Casale on March 8, 2013 at 14:09 0 Comments

On february 28th many people of Andeva (french association) with the support of two delegation from Belgium (abeva) and Casale (Afeva) gathered in front of the Palais de justice of Paris demanding a fair process against asbestos industries. The french appeal court is examinating the position of nine people - many of them former Ceo of Asbestos companies. The court will decide wether there are evidences to open a process or not. We will wait with hope.Original news (in french)

Asbestos industry continues to hide risks, put profits ahead of human life, by Kathleen Ruff

Posted by Niccolò Bruna on March 6, 2013 at 10:00 0 Comments

A report published by the European Environmental Agency (EEA), ‘Late Lessons from Early Warnings, volume II’, provides historical case studies, which show that warnings about asbestos were ignored or sidelined until damage to health and the environment was inevitable.

The ensuing human, social and economic costs…

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Eternit and the Great Asbestos Trial: Appeal Proceedings

Posted by Laurie Kazan-Allen on February 1, 2013 at 14:03 0 Comments

Further hearings will commence on February 14, 2013 in the case which has become known as the “Great Asbestos Trial.” Hundreds of pages of legal argument submitted to the Turin Court challenge first degree guilty verdicts handed down one year ago by a three-judge panel to defendants Stephan Schmidheiny (Switzerland) and Baron Louis de Cartier (Belgium). Neither one of the former asbestos executives, both of whom were convicted for their part in the causation of an Italian asbestos disaster, has complied with court orders to pay compensation to thousands of victims, associations, municipal authorities and civic bodies.

In an article published on January 26, 2013 in La Stampa de Cartier's lawyers Carlo Enrico Paliero and Cesare Zaccone called the €89 million fine “intolerable”. There is, de Cartier's lawyers say, no proof of any causal link between the incidence of occupational asbestos disease and their client's actions. Schmidheiney's lawyers are trying to overturn the…

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A French résumé of our field report from the courtroom is weekly published on the Andeva website

Download the pdf version of the ANDEVA bulletin n°37 dedicated to the ETERNIT TRIAL of Turin, ENGLISH version or FRENCH version

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Eternit and the Great Asbestos Trial Direct Download (5.19MB) in pdf or individual sections in a web browser on IBAS webpage.

The film Dust, the great asbestos trial is a feature documentary on the trial and the state of the art of asbestos ban in the world. Read more about it or watch it in steraming online on RSI, switzerland tv (italian version only).

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