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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 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…

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

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 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…

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Added by Niccolò Bruna on June 8, 2013 at 17:00 — No Comments

June 3, 2013!

The world is watching what happens on June 3 in the Turin courthouse. The implications are enormous not only for Eternit companies but also for other corporations who have profited from the commercial exploitation of asbestos and other hazardous substances. Even though I am unable to be present for the historic verdict, be assured that like thousands of other people in countries the world over, I will be praying for the best possible outcome for the victims.

The International Ban…

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Added by Laurie Kazan-Allen on June 2, 2013 at 10:47 — No Comments

Asbestos has not been inclused in UN list of hazardous substances

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… Continue

Added by Alessandro Pugno on May 9, 2013 at 15:06 — No Comments

Rotterdam Convention Asbestos Side Event

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,… Continue

Added by Alessandro Pugno on May 8, 2013 at 16:25 — No Comments

Debate on Asbestos Could Dominate International Joint Meeting on Chemicals

On the occasion of the biannual meeting of the Rotterdam convention and the manifestation that AFEVA, ANDEVA and ROCA had organized in Geneve on next May 7, I publish a summon of the position at the meeting of parties.

Check also the ROCA Position…

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Added by Niccolò Bruna on April 27, 2013 at 0:00 — No Comments

First protest against Russian Embassy in London

On 26th april a group of activists will protest at the gate of London Russian Embassy to call Russia support listing asbestos cysotile in Rotterdam Convention.

The Rotterdam Convention requires that countries exporting hazardous substances practice responsible trade and obtain prior informed consent before exporting a hazardous substance on the Convention’s list, thus enabling countries to protect the health of their citizens and the environment.

Afeva and this…

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Added by Asbestos Victims Families Casale on April 24, 2013 at 12:30 — No Comments

Taking the Air

In my most recent Guest Blog for the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation, I was able to highlight the public health catastrophe caused by the asbestos pollution generated by the operations at the Eternit asbestos-cement factory. "Taking the Air," contrasts the healthy British leisure activity of breathing in ozone-laden sea air with the harmful consequences of breathing the air in Casale Monferrato and other Italian towns blighted by Eternit.

The dire consequences of living in…

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Added by Laurie Kazan-Allen on April 22, 2013 at 17:09 — No Comments

Eternit Documentary Shown in the United States

News received from the United States details the powerful impact of April 2013 screenings of the documentary: Dust: The Great Asbestos Trial at the Italian Film Festival in Minneapolis. Having seen this film on two occasions I am in no doubt about the high quality of the work and the importance of this documentary by Niccolo Bruna and Andrew Prandstaller. Copies of the book: Eternit and the Great Asbestos Trial which accompanied this film remains a very popular download from the IBAS…

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Added by Laurie Kazan-Allen on April 19, 2013 at 12:00 — No Comments

Behind the lines: Asbestos industry workers will hold an international rally from Russia to Kazakhstan

NEW BLOG: "Behind the lines: Asbestos industry workers will hold an international rally from Russia to Kazakhstan"

The 2013 USGS report stated,  Russia is the largest asbestos producer in the world, followed by China, Brazil, and Kazakhstan.  In advance of the Rotterdam Convention, Mr.…

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Added by Linda Reinstein on April 15, 2013 at 15:10 — 1 Comment

"The USA Asbestos Toxic Trade Continues”

We have new information about the USA and U.S. institutions and mutual funds Eternit S.A shareholders, USA ports of entry, and import and health data might help you in Italy. Details in the ADAO Special Report “The USA Asbestos Toxic Trade Continues.”  http://bit.ly/XBoDoI…

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Added by Linda Reinstein on April 10, 2013 at 16:45 — No Comments

Asbestos and the Council of Europe

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…

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Added by Asbestos Victims Families Casale on April 8, 2013 at 13:52 — No Comments

Spies in our midst!

The English language briefings uploaded to the Asbestos in the Dock website have proved immensely helpful to non-Italian speakers. I was particularly interested to read that Journalist Cristina Bruno was recently struck off the national register of journalists for unethical behaviour following revelations made about her activities as a paid informer for the public relations company hired by the Eternit Group.

Bruno infiltrated AFEVA, the  Italian asbestos victims’ group…

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Added by Laurie Kazan-Allen on April 8, 2013 at 13:34 — No Comments

French justice situation

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.…

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Added by Asbestos Victims Families Casale on March 8, 2013 at 14:09 — No Comments

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

A report published by the European Environmental Agency (EEA), ‘…

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Added by Niccolò Bruna on March 6, 2013 at 10:00 — No Comments

One year ago we celebrated a landmark victory around the world when the Turin court convicted two asbestos criminals.  Yesterday, the convict criminals’ appeal began.  I'm outraged to see how powerfu…

One year ago we celebrated a landmark victory around the world when the Turin court convicted two asbestos criminals.  Yesterday, the convict criminals’ appeal began.  I'm outraged to see how powerful money is in our juridical system - but never surprised.  Excellent statement: "Eternit Appeal Trial: Statement from the Turin Courts, February the 14th, 2013 from Italy, France, and Belgium."   ADAO Is sharing throughout our networks.…

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Added by Linda Reinstein on February 15, 2013 at 17:17 — No Comments

February 14: Valentine's Day in a Turin Courtroom

It is certainly an odd coincidence that today (Valentine's Day), appeal proceedings commenced in the case against former asbestos executives in Turin. Thinking about the events which are likely to unfold in Turin over the coming weeks, led me to consider the meaning of love on this internationally recognised day for lovers. After some thinking and with the help of William Shakespeare, I have concluded that love which is true, love which does not alter with time or age, will be in the Turin…

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Added by Laurie Kazan-Allen on February 14, 2013 at 14:00 — No Comments

AMISOL Shame on the French Justice Act Against the Victims of the Worst Asbestos Factory!

February 13, 2012 in Turin, two former asbestos executives, were convicted for their part in the causation of an Italian asbestos disaster and condemned to 16 years in jail. February 8, 2013, for similar acts committed at the same time, with the same consequences, the Appeal Court of Paris decided that the trial of Claude Chopin, former executive of the French asbestos textile factory “AMISOL,” will…

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Added by Annie Thébaud-Mony on February 13, 2013 at 13:26 — 1 Comment

“Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) Supports Truth and Justice during the Eternit Appeal Trial”

Posted on February 12, 2013

The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) sends our support as the struggle for truth and justice continues during the Eternit Appeal Trial. It was just one year ago that we witnessed a historic…

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Added by Linda Reinstein on February 12, 2013 at 19:47 — 2 Comments

Thai version of Eternit & The Great Asbestos Trial today released in Bangkok!

 

At a public meeting which took place today (February 12, 2013) in Bangkok the Thai language version of the IBAS monograph entitled Eternit and the Great Asbestos Trial was released just days before the appeal proceedings are due to begin in the Turin courthouse. Dr Vichai Chokewiwat, one of the editors of the text, called on the Thai governemnt to immediately ban asbestos. A report in Thai on today's event is online: …

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Added by Laurie Kazan-Allen on February 12, 2013 at 17:07 — No Comments

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