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UN Mercury Treaty Should Include Lessons Learned from Minamata Disaster

Written By Gopal Krishna on Wednesday, January 04, 2012 | 8:36 AM

ToxicsWatch Alliance supports the demand of groups for inclusion in the Article 14 Contaminated Sites in the proposed Minamata or Mercury Convention.

"Lessons Learned from Minamata" consist of the following critical transgressions arising from the mishandling of the Minamata tragedy:
(1) unethical and illegal acts committed by the Chisso Company; (2) inaction, insincerity, deception and violations of laws including the Food Sanitation Law by the Japanese government; (3) collusion between and among the Chisso Company, academia and the government; (4) distortion of scientific reports / evidence by scholars beholden to the government and Chisso Company ; and (5) disregard of humanright, and health, environment and safety.
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