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Campaigners call for asbestos ban

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Campaigners call for asbestos ban


Anti-asbestos activists have gathered in Turin, Italy, to call for a worldwide ban on the deadly building material and justice for victims.

The conference comes as one of the biggest ever trials into allegations of asbestos poisoning continues in Italy.

Swiss firm Eternit is accused of breaching safety rules in its factories.

Activist Annie Thébaud-Mony from the International Ban Asbestos Network said: ‘‘Eternit developed a global strategy to delay the revelations of the harmful effects of asbestos. It continued this practice and even built new factories around the world, to produce, use and sell asbestos. Whereas in Europe and the US, not only was all this known, but this trial had begun and very strict rules had been put in place.

Some 6,000 victims are seeking hundreds of millions of euros in compensation from Eternit as part of a major lawsuit that began in December.

Asbestos was banned across the EU in 2005, but is still widespread in the developing world. Often used in the construction of factories the fibrous building material can cause fatal illness.

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