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Monday, November 26
 

6:15pm

Breathless – Documentary
Organized by Lambo Films, Storyhouse Films, Abeva and Doughty Street Chambers.

Short description of the session:
The session will be a showing of the film “Breathless” (75 mins), which is a film showing how the asbestos industry moved to take advantages of markets and laws in less developed countries and the struggle of people affected by the industry for redress. It centres on the struggle of victims in Belgium and India, where it takes the director to the largest asbestos waste dump in South Asia. The asbestos story is replicated in many other industries and reflects the difficulties in obtaining remedy in a globalised world.

Session objectives:
To illustrate through the issue of the export of asbestos how corporations have exported the most hazardous and exploitative industries to the less developed world, where people struggle to obtain a remedy, but how through such struggles change can come about. The film is linked to a crowdfunding campaign to fund litigation in India to clean up an asbestos waste dump in Central India (breathlessfund.org), which will hopefully have a wider impact in creating awareness of the hazards of asbestos in India.

Key discussion questions:
  • What has been the reaction of Eternit to the film?
  • What has been the reaction of the people in Kappelle to the film?
  • What is the role of the UN is stopping such violations from happening, Rotterdam Convention and the report of hazardous substances in the workplace.
  • What is the campaign in India to highlight the hazards of asbestos?

Format:
The film will be 75 mins followed by a discussion and a Q&A till 8pm

Moderator/ Introductory Remark...
avatar for Lene Wendland

Lene Wendland

Chief, Business and Human Rights, Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
I have directed UN Human Rights' thematic work on Business and Human Rights since 2005. As a core member of SRSG John Ruggie's team for the duration of his mandate, I contributed to the development and drafting of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. I oversee the... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Eric Jonckheere

Eric Jonckheere

President, Abeva
I became an anti-asbestos activist after losing both parents and two brothers. As an airline pilot, I am focussing my energy on the underdeveloped countries were workers are still exposed to the deadly fibers. They deserve a safe working environnement just like their children deserve... Read More →
avatar for Krishnendu Mukherjee

Krishnendu Mukherjee

Barrister and Advocate, Doughty Street Chambers
Krishnendu Mukherjee is a barrister and Indian advocate at Doughty Street Chambers in London. He has extensive experience in trying to remedy human rights violations against corporations, including advice, litigation, negotiation, and OECD complaints. He is part of the Business and... Read More →
avatar for Baskut Tuncak

Baskut Tuncak

Special Rapporteur on the implications for human rights of the environmentally sound management and disposal of hazardou
Mr. Tuncak is the UN Special Rapporteur on the implications for human rights of the environmentally sound management and disposal of hazardous substances and wastes, informally known as the Special Rapporteur on toxics. Mr. Tuncak was appointed Special Rapporteur in 2014. His mandate... Read More →



Monday November 26, 2018 6:15pm - 7:45pm
Room XXIII