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Lobbyists Push Use of Deadly Asbestos in Developing Nations

A global network of lobby groups has spent nearly $100 million since the mid-1980s to preserve the international market for asbestos, a known carcinogen that’s taken millions of lives and is banned or restricted in 52 countries, the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists has found in a nine-month investigation. Backed by public and private money and aided by scientists and friendly governments, the groups helped facilitate the sale of 2.2 million tons of asbestos last year, (...) read

date of on-line publication : 20 August 2010

US: The Tide Is Turning on Healthcare Reform

Social movements are messy, so it is often difficult to know, in the midst of the battle, which side is winning. But in the past month, momentum on healthcare reform has unmistakably shifted as liberals and progressives have taken to the streets, the Internet, the airwaves and the halls of Congress to push for a bold public option, strong regulations on insurance abuses and a progressive tax plan to finance reform. Read more about these (...) read

date of on-line publication : 27 October 2009

The Biosafety Information Centre

Who to Ban Genetic Engineering of Smallpox Virus

The World Health Assembly has decided to ban genetic engineering experiments on the smallpox virus but postponed a decision on the destruction of the virus until 2010, when a "major review" of the research results on smallpox will be held. This review is to assist the WHA in 2011 to reach a consensus on the timing of the destruction of the smallpox virus stocks. The WHA is meeting in Geneva for its 60th session. The issue of the eradication of the smallpox variola virus stocks has been on (...) read

date of on-line publication : 22 May 2007

Reject genetic engineering of smallpox, NGOs urge WHO

> Global Trends by Martin Khor

A campaign has been launched to request the World Health Organization (WHO) not to proceed with a project involving the genetic engineering of the smallpox virus and instead to ensure that all remaining stocks of the virus are destroyed within two years. A proposal to the WHO to allow the genetic modification of small pox virus was first initiated by the United States at a WHO technical advisory committee, which recommended its acceptance to the WHO’s executive board. The proposal will (...) read

date of on-line publication : 24 April 2007

Human Rights Watch (HRW)

Anatomy of a backlash : sexuality and the cultural war on human rights

> January 2005, 17 p. (pdf)

This paper highlights how the denial and violation of sexual rights and sexual freedom impacts on public health (particularly with regards to HIV/AIDS). The paper describes the nature of these attacks, stemming from a wide range of countries and existing under a number of banners (in defence of « culture », « values », or « religion ») and describes the efforts of groups to erase sexual rights from the international rights agenda. The author warns that an attack on sexual rights creeps into the (...) read

date of on-line publication : 7 March 2007

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