UN Urged to Intervene to Address Mercury Poisoning Among Indigenous Amazonian Peoples

1 Apr 2016 by OOSKAnews Correspondent
LONDON, United Kingdom

Human rights organization Survival International has called on the United Nations to take action to address the high rates of mercury poisoning among indigenous people in the Amazon regions of Brazil, Venezuela and Peru.In a letter sent this week to the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Health Dainius Pūras, the group highlighted the threat from unmonitored use of mercury, often from illegal alluvial gold mining, and the failure of South American governments to confront the problem.It notes that 80 percent of the members of one Nahua community in Peru have tested positive for high levels of mercury poisoning, with 63 percent of those affected children...

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