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Integrating a human rights approach in a toxic environment

Integrating a human rights approach in a toxic environment

The poor management of hazardous substances and waste produced by extractive industries continues to have a negative impact on the enjoyment of human rights, says UN Human Rights expert on toxic waste.
A call to protect indigenous communities from waste producing industries

A call to protect indigenous communities from waste producing industries

Toxic waste from mining activities and nuclear testing can contaminate the land and water of communities for decades. Serious health effects and pollution interrupt traditional ways of life, according to reports from two UN experts.
Proper disposal of old electronic equipment key in protection human rights

Proper disposal of old electronic equipment key in protection human rights

“Discarded, obsolete, or broken electronic equipment is often transported to destinations where recycling is not regulated,” says Calin Georgescu, the Human Rights Council Special Rapporteur on toxic waste.
Medical waste – a health risk for many

Medical waste – a health risk for many

UN expert says it is time the international community gave the inadequate management and disposal of medical waste the attention it deserves
The hazard of toxic wastes on human rights

The hazard of toxic wastes on human rights

At the Human Rights Council in Geneva, panellists discuss the impact on human rights of the movement and dumping of toxic wastes