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Mauritius: UN expert assesses hazardous substances and wastes

I look forward to receiving first-hand information on the daily challenges that local communities face due to exposure to hazardous substances and wastes

GENEVA, Switzerland, October 25, 2021 / APO Group / –

United Nations Special Rapporteur on Toxics and Human Rights Marcos Orellana is paying an official visit to Mauritius from 22 to 29 October 2021 to assess the country’s human rights record in terms of concerns hazardous substances and wastes.

Mauritius: UN expert assesses hazardous substances and wastes

The focus will be on the causes and consequences of the oil spill from the Japanese bulk carrier MV Wakashio off the coast of Mauritius from July 25, 2020. The oil spill has severely affected local communities, already in a situation of distress due to of COVID-. 19 pandemic.

“I remain deeply concerned about the threat of devastating pollution of the oceans caused by the Wakashio incident,” Orellana said. “The oil spill has serious consequences for health, the environment and the economy.

Mauritius: UN expert assesses hazardous substances and wastes

The Special Rapporteur will also examine waste management and port facilities. “I look forward to having more in-depth information on solid waste management facilities and related challenges in Mauritius, including plastics management,” he said. “Another issue that deserves special attention will be the assessment of port reception facilities for the treatment of ship-generated waste. “

The UN expert will meet with representatives of the government, local authorities and civil society, visit the sites affected by the oil spill and meet with affected communities.

“I look forward to receiving first-hand information on the daily challenges that local communities face as a result of exposure to hazardous substances and wastes, and the direct implications for their rights to life, health, information and an effective remedy, ”said Orellana.

Mauritius: UN expert assesses hazardous substances and wastes

“I also look forward to learning about any solutions being considered or already implemented to address these ongoing challenges, and to provide advice and cooperation as needed, as part of my mandate. “

The Special Rapporteur will hold a press conference on October 29, 2021 at 3 p.m. local time in Port Louis, where he will share his preliminary observations of the visit. He will present a full report with his findings and recommendations to the United Nations Human Rights Council in September 2022.

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Mauritius: UN expert assesses hazardous substances and wastes

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