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For Immediate Release

22 March 2018
Contact: Joe DiGangi, Joe@IPEN.org Laura Vyda, LauraVyda@IPEN.org

(Gothenburg, Sweden): UN human rights experts have raised concerns about human rights violations at Samsung Vietnam (20 March 2018) in a joint statement. The three UN human rights experts, Mr. Baskut Tuncak, Ms. Anita Ramasastry, and Mr. David Kaye, expressed concern that Samsung’s intimidation and legal threats against workers and researchers who conducted a study into the lives of women workers constitute a breach of human rights.

Pham Thi Minh Hang, Vice Director of the Hanoi-based NGO Research Center for Gender, Family and Environment in Development (CGFED), an IPEN Participating Organization, today met with Swedish Minister of the Environment Karolina Skog in Stockholm. Pham Thi Minh Hang shared the CGFED / IPEN report on the lives of women workers in Samsung Vietnam cell phone factories with the Minister in the context of a visit to the Ministry to discuss SAICM Beyond 2020. 

Photo: Lee Jin-man, AP

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2018/03/14/your-cool-new-samsung-...

News media across the globe have been heaping praise on Samsung's cool new Galaxy S9 and S9+ smartphones. But amid all the raves about the tech innovations and fancy features of these devices, the lives of the mostly female workers who make them have been virtually ignored.

Few consumers or reporters are aware, for example, that half of all Samsung phones are manufactured in Vietnam by a female-majority workforce in their twenties.

Our organizations explored this hidden story by conducting in-depth, open-ended, confidential interviews with 45 women who work on the assembly lines at two Samsung factories in Vietnam. What we found was shocking.

This edition of IPEN's bi-annual Global Newsletter for 2017 focuses on women and chemicals. The newsletter opens with a message from the IPEN Co-Chairs, and includes highlights, stories from the field, and news. All contributions were provided by the IPEN Regional Hubs and Participating Organizations, working together for a toxic-free future.

Please see the newsletter in the following languages:

اللغة العربية English / español  / French / Russian中文 

French and Russian language versions will be available shortly.

 

To mark International Women’s Day on March 8, Landscapes News is publishing a series of stories honoring women with a laurel for their dedication to improving the landscape. In this profile, Landscapes News contributor Alexandra Popescu writes about Yuyun Ismawati. Check Viewpoint all week for more laurel recipients.

A lifelong environmental activist working to improve livelihoods across Southeast Asia, a Goldman Environmental Prize laureate for grassroots activism and most recently an entrepreneur, Yuyun Ismawati is a tireless campaigner for greener, healthier landscapes.

“I have always been curious and wondered what I could do to make things better,” says Ismawati, who is currently working to clean mercury-contaminated soils using renewable energy while earning a doctoral degree focused on the impact of mercury on child health at Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich in Germany.

The 2nd meeting of the intersessional process for considering SAICM and the sound management of chemicals and waste beyond 2020 is being held in Sweden from 13 - 15 March, 2018. Numerous IPEN Participating Organization representatives are participating. IPEN has created a "Quick Views" (اللغة العربية, English, español, русский, français) document for the meeting, which highlights IPEN views on SAICM Beyond 2020 issues such as vision, policy principles, objectives and milestones, governance, high-level political commitment and financing.

For details about IPEN's activities at the meeting, please see this page. For more information (including an agenda, other meeting documents and more), see the SAICM website. 


Electronics corporations converge at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this week where they roll out latest tech innovations.

Health and environmental advocates are holding a counter event called the Mobile Social Congress to make visible the social, health, and environmental impacts in the design, raw material mining, production, use and waste of electronics. Recent research from IPEN Partners, the Research Center for Gender, Family and Environment in Development (CGFED), exposed health and labor violations of women workers at Samsung Vietnam mobile phone factories. IPEN made a presentation for Mobile Social Congress laying out the concerning findings, Samsung’s efforts to suppress the study, and why the safe and healthy working conditions in the electronics industry should concern us all.

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