Archive for December 4th, 2012

04/12/2012

‘Time for Big Brands to Stop Hiding in the Toxic Crowd’

Human Wrongs Watch

By Laura Kenyon, Greenpeace* 4 December 2012 – Halogenated anilines and perfluorinated chemicals are two things you’ve probably never heard of before. In addition to being mouthfuls to pronounce, both are toxic chemicals that are harmful to the environment and life, both in water and on land. Some anilines can become carcinogenic, or cancer-causing, and several perfluorinated chemicals are known to be toxic for the reproductive and nervous systems of mammals.

Life inside A Dye Factory

03 December 2012. Life inside A Dye Factory © Qiu Bo / Greenpeace

Even though these chemicals might be unfamiliar there is a chance you are already in a close relationship with them, as they may have been used in the manufacturing of the clothes you are wearing.

These hazardous chemicals were both found in water samples taken in the textile heartland of China, in the coastal Zhejiang Province.

That’s where the connection to your clothes comes in. Many popular global fashion labels, including Levi’s, Calvin Klein and GAP, source textiles from the manufacturing facilities in the area where the samples were taken, as shown in the Greenpeace International report “Toxic Threads: Putting Pollution on Parade“.

And that means that many of us are wearing toxic fashion.

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04/12/2012

Widespread Xenophobic Violence against Migrants in Greece

Human Wrongs Watch

A United Nations independent expert called on Greece to boost measures to protect the rights of migrants, while stressing that it is also the European Union’s (EU) responsibility to address the plight of a growing number of irregular migrants trapped in the Mediterranean country on their way to European destinations. The expert referred to the “widespread xenophobic violence and attacks against migrants in Greece.”

A mother and her children at a detention centre in Greece. Photo: UNHCR/J.Björgvinsson

A mother and her children at a detention centre in Greece. Photo: UNHCR/J.Björgvinsson

“As the large number of irregular migrants stuck in Greece is mainly a result of EU policies and practices, there is a strong need for solidarity and responsibility-sharing within the EU in order to ensure full respect of the human rights of all these migrants,” the Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants, François Crépeau, on 3 November 2012 said at the end of a nine-day visit to Greece.

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