News about pesticide suicides

UN Special Rapporteur on human rights and toxins issues Guidelines to good practices

Special Rapporteur: "States must ensure that legislation and other practices reflect their duty to respect, protect and fulfil human rights obligations implicated by hazardous substances and wastes, including the rights to life".

The Guardian: Stop exporting paraquat to poorer countries

UK needs to stop exporting deadly pesticide paraquat to poorer countries. This pesticide is not used in the EU and other developed countries.

Majority of deaths by pesticide poisoning are due to delay in reaching hospital

HYDERABAD: Suicidal deaths by poisoning can be avoided if victims are taken to hospital on time ...

Global policies for suicide prevention should focus on national pesticide bans

Global policies on access to highly hazardous pesticides – commonly ingested in acts of self-poisoning and suicide in rural Asia – should focus on national bans, rather than safe storage, according to two studies in The Lancet and The Lancet Global Health journals.

  0 Paraquat poisoning kills 1,000 people in Vietnam every year

VietNamNet Bridge Doctors from Bach Mai Hospital in Ha Noi have reported at least one patient everyday hospitalised due to herbicide poisoning, popularly known as paraquat poisoning.