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31 Extracts from Chrysotile asbestos: Hazardous to Humans, Deadly to the Rotterdam Convention (pdf document) (September 2006)
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Chrysotile asbestos: Hazardous to Humans, Deadly to the Rotterdam Convention – page 22

Imports of these products from Brazil, China, Colombia, and Mexico went up in value from $23 million to $76 million between 2000 and 2005.

Chrysotile asbestos: Hazardous to Humans, Deadly to the Rotterdam Convention – page 30

Colombia: We reiterate our position; Colombia does not agree with the inclusion of chrysotile due to "lack of evidence of the real risks to human health.

32 Regional Asbestos Conferences in Latin America (May 24, 2006)

Trade unionists representing the construction sector in Brazil, Guatemala, Chile, Colombia, Peru, Paraguay, Uruguay and Argentina joined members of ABREA, the Brazilian Association of the Asbestos-Exposed, Ban Asbestos Canada and the International Ban Asbestos Network for two days of presentations and discussions hosted by the BWI in Sao Caetano do Sul, an industrial town near Sao Paulo.

33 Progress on Asbestos Ban in Latin America (July 29, 2005)

The Employment Advisory Committee of the Andean Community has recommended the adoption of an asbestos ban in its five member countries: Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela. Trade unionists in these countries have expressed their commitment to this goal (click

34 Global Asbestos Congress (GAC 2004) (February 11,2005)

Asbestos has been a priority item on the agendas of IFBWW meetings in Paraguay, Peru, Guatemala, Argentina, Honduras, the Dominican Republic, Brazil, Colombia and Uruguay. Globally, the IFBWW has been pressing the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions and the International Labor Organization for backing on this issue; it has worked closely with the International Ban Asbestos Secretariat, the Ban Asbestos Network and the organizers of GAC 2000 (Brazil) and GAC 2004 (Japan).

35 Chronological Record of the Contributions of National Delegations and Others (September 19, 2004)

Colombia: We reiterate our position; Colombia does not agree with the inclusion of chrysotile due to “lack of evidence of the real risks to human health.”

36 Rotterdam Convention: Chrysotile Update! (September 5, 2004)

3 The countries which backed the Canadian opposition to the listing of chrysotile as a dangerous substance were: Russia, India, Ukraine, China, Zimbabwe, Indonesia, South Africa and Colombia; the countries in favor of the inclusion of chrysotile on the PIC list were: the 15 European Union Member States, Australia, New Zealand, Norway, the U.S., Brazil, Argentina, Gambia, Congo, Egypt and Morocco.

37 Conflicting Signals on Brazil's Asbestos Position (August 23, 2004)

Nowadays, more than half our asbestos production is exported to countries like Thailand, India, Mexico, Indonesia and Colombia. I have no doubt that workers in these countries are receiving hazardous exposures; the transfer of hazardous technology is unacceptable when it is Brazilians who are being endangered; equally, it is unacceptable when it is Mexicans or Columbians.

38 The Asbestos War (April 24, 2004)

There were five other Latin American journalists from Chile, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador and Panama, as well as a representative from the Colombian Asbestos Producers' Association (on the journalistic junket)… All the journalists were given little packets of travellers' cheques on arrival.”16

39 Asbestos Developments in Brazil (June 28, 2002)

The international asbestos industry has been lobbying politicians to support the status quo of "controlled use." Teams of industry spokespeople, headed by Canadian representatives, have imported asbestos supporters from countries such as Colombia and Mexico to exert pressure on Brazilian deputies.

40 Chrysotile Production: Contradictory Developments Signal Industry Confusion (September 19, 2001)

Marketing efforts included trade missions to Colombia, Mexico, Cuba and Panama, regional programs for Latin America organised by the Asbestos International Association and The Third Conference of Mining Ministries of the Americas held in Buenos Aires, Argentina (1998). Steps taken to protect markets in the medium term include "the aggressive introduction of new chrysotile-containing products to address current health concerns.

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