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Sunday, December 3, 2017

Asbestos ban in Brazil is a victory for global ban asbestos movement: Fernanda Gianassi

Now that two of the five countries of BRICS group have banned asbestos of all kinds, there is a compelling logic in joining hands to ensure that the other three-India, China and Russia also get persuaded to eliminate it. South Africa banned it in 2008.

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Fernanda Gianassi,  the leader of the global ban asbestos movement and co-founder of Ban Asbestos Network of India (BANI) has applauded the decision taken by Brazilian  Supreme Federal Court to ban asbestos in Brazil.  

Notably, the Court did not allow any exception. It did not accept the appeal made by Dow Chemical Company for their plant of chlor-alkalis in Bahia state which is still using asbestos diaphragm. 

She informed that Dow had hired the best constitutional lawyer in the country to present their appeal but the Court could not be persuaded to grant them relief.
 
Reacting to the decision, Gianassi said that the decision inaugurates new thesis and jurisprudence by the Court, since it doesn’t need the senate to revoke the law on controlled use of asbestos because their decision is binding for all activities, for all powers not only for the judiciary but for the whole country. It is real a victory for the asbestos victims and for the global ban asbestos activism and movement. 

Giannasi visited New Delhi in 2002 to ascertain the public health situation in the country and to share her insights.

Taking lessons from Brazil, to begin with central and state governments and local bodies in India must stop procurement of asbestos based products. These mineral fibers must be banned to save citizens, consumers and workers who are dying a painful death due to exposure to carcinogenic fibers of white chrysotile asbestos procured from Russia, Brazil, Kazakhstan and China. The incurable asbestos related diseases are caused primarily by the inhalation of asbestos fibers. These diseases take up to 50 years after exposure to develop. In India there is almost no infrastructure and skill to even diagnose these environmental and occupational diseases. 
and occupational diseases. ...

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and occupational diseases. ...

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environmental and occupational diseases....

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environmental and occupational diseases....

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