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Signature Campaign and BBC Coverage

Leading advocates from human rights, labor rights, women’s rights, public health, environmental justice, and sustainable purchasing organizations from around the world are calling on Samsung to protect the thousands of workers - most of them women of child-bearing age - who are making their mobile phones at factories in Vietnam. A report from the Hanoi-based, gender equity NGO Research Center for Gender, Family and Environment in Development (CGFED) and IPEN identified numerous health and labor violations from interviews with 45 women who work at two of Samsung’s factories in Vietnam. Please sign and invite your network to join the signature campaign on Change.org .

BBC covered the release of the CGFED/IPEN report on 15 December, in which the news outlet highlighted report findings, including workers' experiences of extreme fatigue, fainting and dizziness at work, and many accounts of miscarriage. In response, deputy general manager of Samsung Electronics Vietnam, Bang Hyun Woo said,"This report does not have a scientific basis." He also said much of the content in the report was "false" and "arbitrary."

IPEN requests Samsung "transparently publishes a complete list of chemicals used at the manufacturing facilities and describes the control."

See BBC's coverage here.

Read Ms Magazine's coverage of the story: Exploited and Endangered: Female factory Workers in Vietnam Open Up About Their Work Conditions.

IPEN Participating Organizations, Arnika and EARTH, released a report on POPs in four different hot-spots in Thailand. It was found that that there are residues of organochlorine pesticides still present in the environment of Thailand. The most problematic POPs found in the hotspot areas are unintentionally produced chemicals such as dioxins, hexachlorobenzene, pentachlorobenzene, PCBs, hexachlorobutadiene, hexachlorocyclohexane.

Find a link to the full report here. 

Another report, Chicken Eggs as an Indicator of POPs Pollution in Thailand, was released at the same time by partners, Arnika and EARTH. Find the press release for these reports here.

From 2015-2016, IPEN Participating Organizations, Arnika and EARTH, collected free range chicken eggs to study whether POPs were detected. 

They released a report to demonstrate the emerging problems of pollution caused by POPs in relation to the growing industries in Thailand.

Find a link to the full report here.

https://ampe.vnexpress.net/news/business/samsung-electronics-sparks-at-labor-abuse-claims-in-vietnam-3674727.html

Samsung said a sample size of 45 female workers is insufficient to conclude its workers suffer from health problems like fatigue, dizziness and miscarriages.

https://www.bangkokpost.com/news/general/1367047/contaminated-eggs-found...

The government has been urged to make a serious effort to combat persistent organic pollutants (POPS), toxic byproducts from industrial processes, from damaging the environment after a recent study found unsafe levels of POPs in eggs collected near factories in Samut Sakhon and Khon Kaen.

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Press Release

http://nanaimonewsnow.com/article/558019/filipinos-urge-trudeau-take-out-canadian-trash-still-festering-manila

 

MANILA, Philippines — Justin Trudeau's visit to the Philippines brought him within a short walk of a Canadian controversy that has lingered in the Port of Manila for years: about 100 stranded containers crammed with thousands of tons of rotting trash from Canada.

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