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Special Rapporteur on the implications for human rights of the environmentally sound management and disposal of hazardous substances and wastes
The exposure of people to a myriad of harmful substances without their prior informed consent is a human rights issue. However, it is a human rights issue for which solutions exist. The mandate seeks to help States, businesses and other stakeholders adopt such solutions.
The mandate on hazardous substances and wastes was first established in 1995 by the United Nations Commission on Human Rights (Commission Resolution 1995/81). Today it is under U.N. Human Rights Council Resolution A/HRC/RES/45/17 of 2020.
Dr. Marcos A. Orellana was appointed Special Rapporteur on toxics and human rights in August 2020.
He is an expert in international law and the law on human rights and the environment. His practice as legal advisor has included work with United Nations agencies, governments and non-governmental organisations.
The Special Rapporteur reflects on the ongoing challenges relating to the disposal of toxic wastes. Following a broad consultative process to identify, disseminate and provide guidance on good practices, he gives recommendations to assist States in ensuring that their laws and other practices are in line with their human rights obligations.
Based on decades of work under the mandate, including country visits, thematic research and communications with States and non-State actors, these 15 principles help States and other actors protect workers from toxic exposures, and provide remedies for violations of their rights.
This assessment, prepared by the Business & Human Rights Resource Centre in collaboration with the Special Rapporteur on toxics and human rights, analyses trends in alleged cases of human rights abuse relating to the chemical industry. Responses of States and companies are also covered.
Dr. Marcos A. Orellana, Special Rapporteur on Toxics and Human Rights
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Intervention at the 2023 Social Forum on “Opportunities from Science, Knowledge, Education and Culture: Contribution of STI to Advance All Human Rights for All through Participation in Science”
3 November 2023
High Level Segment of the fifth session of the International Conference on Chemicals Management
28 September 2023
Watch the video recording (00:44:35-00:52:03)