California based Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO), an independent nonprofit, is organizing their 11th Zoom conversation on “The Global Asbestos Fight for Human Rights and Justice” on July 21, 2021. The Global Asbestos Fight for Human Rights and Justice panel will consist of Barry Castleman, ScD; Ashok Ghosh PhD; Fernanda Giannasi, Gopal Krishna, PhD; Silvana Mossano, and Linda Reinstein. During the conversation, the panel will discuss the asbestos health crisis, human cost of inaction, and how imports and use impacts human rights and civil justice in Brazil, India, Italy, the United States, and world.
ADAO has invited Dr Ashok Ghosh, Chairman, Bihar State Pollution Control Board (BSPCB) and Dr Gopal Krishna, environmental lawyer and co-founder Ban Asbestos Network of India (BANI) to join the panel of experts which also include Barry Castleman, ScD; Fernanda Giannasi,;Silvana Mossano, and Linda Reinstein.
During the conversation, Dr Ashok Ghosh, Chairman, Bihar State Pollution Control Board (BSPCB) and Dr Gopal Krishna, environmental lawyer and co-founder Ban Asbestos Network of India (BANI) will discussBSPCB’s cancellation of the No Objection Certificate given to three asbestos based factories in Muzaffarpur, Vaishali and Koelwar, Bhojpur districts of Bihar, East India, which led to their permanent closure, was consistent with the recommendations of World Health Organisation (WHO), International Labour Organisation (ILO) and the verdict of Supreme Court of India. It attracted global attention.
BANI’s struggle with Khet Bachao Jeewan Bachao Sangharsh Samiti and Paryavaran Bachao Jeevan Bachao Sangharsh Samiti raised awareness about the need for elimination of asbestos-related incurable, but preventable, diseases like asbestosis, lung cancer, ovarian cancer and mesothelioma. BANI has been working for an asbestos free India since 2000 inspired by trade union movements and right to health campaigns. BANI works with people's movements, doctors, researchers and activists besides trade unions, human rights, environmental, consumer and public health groups. BANI demands criminal liability for companies and medico-legal remedies for victims. BANI is seeking recommendations for the formulation of rules by the central and state governments to prevent unnecessary disease and deaths by banning carcinogenic asbestos mineral fibers laden talcum powder of all brands including Johnson & Johnson company that has allocated $3.9 billion for talc-related litigation. BANI has represented India at World Asbestos Congress, Tokyo, ADAO 15th Annual International Asbestos Awareness and Prevention Conference, Washington DC and George Washington University, Washington DC in the past.
Barry Castleman, ScD is an Environmental Consultant trained in chemical and environmental engineering. He holds a Doctor of Science degree from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. He has been a consultant to numerous agencies of the US government and other governments, international bodies, and environmental groups dealing with a wide range of public health issues. He has testified as an expert in civil litigation in the US on the history of asbestos as a public health problem and the reasons for failure to properly control asbestos hazards. Dr. Castleman has spent the past 40 years working on asbestos as a public health problem.
Ashok Ghosh, PhD is Chairman of Bihar State Pollution Control Board.He is also working as Professor and HoD, Research at Mahavir Cancer Institute and Research Centre, Patna.The main areas of his research is ground water quality and quantity. Dr. Ghosh has worked extensively on groundwater arsenic contamination and its health impact.
Fernanda Giannasi is a Civil and Safety Engineer and ex-Labor Inspector for the Ministry of Labor and Employment for 30 years. She is the coordinator of the Virtual Citizen Ban Asbestos Network for Latin America, founder of the Brazilian Association of People Exposed to Asbestos (ABREA) and Fellow of the Collegium Ramazzini. She serves as an expert witness in judicial cases related to asbestos, nuclear and other toxic chemicals. The 2018 Ramazzini Award was presented to Engineer Giannasi by the Collegium Ramazzini for her leadership in the promotion of an asbestos-free Brazil and in broadening the rationale for supporting a worldwide ban on asbestos and was recognized as a hero of worker safety and health as well an exemplary public civil servant.
Gopal Krishna, PhD has been a researcher and advocate on the subject of health hazards in hazardous industries like asbestos industry and ship breaking industry since 2000. He is the co-founder-convener of Ban Asbestos Network of India (BANI) and editor of BANI’s journal, www.asbestosfreeindia.org. He presented a paper “Research on Chrysotile Asbestos: Failure of Ethics by National Institute of Occupational Health and National Human Rights Commission” at 14th World Congress of Bioethics.
Silvana Mossano was born in Casale Monferrato (Piedmont, Northern Italy), where she lives. Now retired, Silvana worked as a journalist for 40 years and for 31 years at La Stampa. She primarily wrote about crime, as well as her community and education. She followed all the Eternit trials, writing tens and tens of articles in over 35 years. As a published author, she has written the novel «Il cortile (the Courtyard) » (ebook, Gruppo Gems) and «Un giorno arriverò (one day I will arrive)» (2012, Salani), di «Malapolvere (Bad Dust)» (2010, Edizioni Sonda) and «Morire d’amianto (Dying of Asbestos)» (2012, ebook, La Stampa, coauthor: Michele Brambilla) on the tragedies of Asbestos, analyzing the human side though the testimonies of the witnesses at the trials. In addition, she has written texts for theatre songs and also sings. Her site is www.silmos.it.
Linda Reinstein is the President/CEO and Co-Founder of Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO). Reinstein became an activist when her husband, Alan, was diagnosed with mesothelioma in 2003. She co-founded the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization in 2004, and now serves as President and CEO. Reinstein has been a strong political voice for justice in every major asbestos-related issue.
This information is available at ADAO’s 11th Zoom Conversation: The Global Asbestos Fight for Human Rights and Justice with Barry Castleman, ScD; Ashok Ghosh PhD; Fernanda Giannasi, Gopal Krishna, PhD; Silvana Mossano, and Linda Reinstein on July 21 - ADAO - Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization
The panel will discuss:
l How asbestos and the industry impacts human rights and civil justice around the globe
l Fernanda will discuss Brazil’s asbestos mining, exports to the US, and policy advancements
l Ashok and Gopal will discuss how asbestos impacts Bihar, India and the numerous requests to build and operate asbestos plants in Bihar as an example of the national health crisis
l Silvana will discuss the new Eternit Trial in Italy and the community’s fight for human rights and justice
l Barry and Linda will discuss a century of human rights violations in the U.S. and what ADAO is doing to end them through legal and legislative strategies
For further details or to register visit:
ADAO's website: https://www.asbestosdiseaseawareness.org/
Registration form: https://forms.gle/S7ktpN3jyfg4C5P89
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