Report on duty to prevent exposure

Published:
7 October 2019
Author:
Special Rapporteur on toxics and human rights
Presented:
To the General Assembly’s 74th session in 2019
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Summary

In this 2019 report to the General Assembly, the Special Rapporteur on human rights and hazardous substances and wastes (toxics) reminds the international community of the State's duty to prevent exposure to toxics. The Special Rapporteur discusses the legal basis of this duty, and highlights how exposure prevention is the exception, leading to existential threats to life and health, including reproduction. He examines the rights to life, health, a life with dignity and bodily integrity, among others. The Special Rapporteur explains the importance of this duty to the human rights to a healthy environment, safe and healthy work, among others impacted by pollution and other sources of toxic exposure. The report concludes with recommendations to States, and regional and international human rights bodies.

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Issues in Focus
Contact information

Dr. Marcos A. Orellana, Special Rapporteur on Toxics and Human Rights

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