Canada’s waste trade policy: A global concern

March 2, 2016 The global community should be alarmed at the recent statement of the Canadian Environment and Climate Change Ministry that the “wastes that ended up on Philippine shores were not illegal under Canadian rules.” With that hands-off policy to illegal waste trade, what measures are there to stop private Canadian firms from continuing […]

Groups seek amendment of ‘flawed’ environmental impact system law

December 1, 2015 ENVIRONMENTAL groups on Tuesday called for the amendment of the Environmental Impact Assessment System law which was found to be ineffective in determining the impact of development projects to the environment. The groups cited a review by the Davao-based watershed advocacy group Interface Development Interventions (Idis) of the law which pointed out that its […]

Initial Report of UN Special Rapporteur on Chemicals and Wastes: South Korea Visit

End of Visit Statement by the United Nations Special Rapporteur on human rights and hazardous substances and wastes, Baskut Tuncak (Republic of Korea 12 – 23 October 2015) 23 October 2015 Introduction In my capacity as the United Nations Special Rapporteur on human rights and hazardous substances and wastes, I undertook an official country visit […]

The Disturbing Trend of Waste Trade Denial

The executive director of the Basel Action Network says effort to downplay global e-waste dumping issues are taken from the playbook used by climate change deniers and tobacco giants – and he’s calling foul.  

Human Rights Implication of Toxic Chemicals Highlighted by Environmental Groups

International environmental groups Ban Toxics and the Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL) released a series of issue briefs highlighting the human rights implications of five highly toxic pollutants: mercury, lead, phtalates, decaBDE, and e-waste.  Mercury (English/Spanish)  DecaBDE (English)  Pesticides (English/Spanish) E-waste (English/Spanish)  Lead (English/Spanish)  Phthalates (English/Spanish)

Basel Action Network (BAN) releases delegate alert on the Interim Guideline on Transboundary Movement of e-waste

28 September 2015 – Basel Action Network (BAN), a network partner of BT, released a delegate alert on the recently published Basel Convention Interim Guideline on the Transboundary Movement of e-Waste. In the alert, BAN calls on Basel Parties to be vigilant over the issue of the finality of the published Interim Guideline. BAN raises […]

BAN Toxics urges Senate to push for repatriation of Canadian waste

09 September 2015, Manila, Philippines – Environmental justice group BAN Toxics (BT) appealed to the Senate to push for the immediate repatriation of the Canadian waste languishing in Philippine ports for over two years now.

BT hails South Cotabato’s Galing Pook win

05 September 2015, Manila, Philippines – Environmental justice group BAN Toxics (BT) hails the 2015 Galing Pook Award confered to the Province of South Cotabato for their program on small-scale mining.

Groups ask PH gov’t to bring Canadian case to Basel Secretariat

04 August 2015, Seattle, WA/ Manila, Philippines – After the announcement from the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) that it will lodge a diplomatic protest with the Canadian government over the illegal waste shipment they sent to the Philippines, environmental watchdogs Basel Action Network (BAN) and BAN Toxics (BT) today called on the DFA and Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to alert the Implementation and Compliance Committee (ICC) at the Basel Convention regarding Canada’s negligence to the treaty.

S. African workshop links chemical safety to human rights

31 July 2015, Pretoria, South Africa – Environment and human rights organizations gathered in South Africa to identify links between sound chemicals management and human rights in a workshop conducted last July 21-23, 2015 in Pretoria, South Africa.