News about pesticide suicides
Workers are dying as a result of toxic exposure in the workplace at a rate of one every 30 seconds, according to the new report from the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and Hazardous Substances and Wastes, presented on 12 September at the 39th session of the Human Rights Council, in Geneva.
Nearly two in every five women in the world who kill themselves are Indian, according to a Lancet study published this week that says the country’s suicides rates constitute a public health crisis.
UN Scientific Committee recommends to list phorate and three other chemicals in Annex III of the Rotterdam Convention
With the goal to protect human health and environment, the UN Rotterdam Convention’s Chemicals Review Committee recommended listing acetochlor, phorate, perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and hexabromocyclododecane in Annex III of the Rotterdam Convention.
Both State and Central government do not have the evidence with which to make informed policy decisions. Such systems need to be put in place along with the ongoing review of bans for the highly hazardous pesticides still in use.
Prosecution and the imposition of custodial and financial penalties on those with suicidal behaviours constitutes an affront to human dignity.