Thailand: HR Commission says extension of companies' licenses to sell toxic herbicide violates human rights
Author: Chularat Saengpassa, The Nation, Published on: 17 June 2018
"Paraquat green light under scrutinyby human rights commission", 12 June 2018
THE NATIONAL Human Rights Commission (NHRC) is investigating the Agriculture Department over allegations that it violated human rights...when it extended the licences for many companies to sell paraquat.
The extension was approved even though a committee seeking solutions to the risk caused by farm chemicals....
The NHRC interest reframes the exposure of farmers and consumers to toxic chemicals as a potential human-rights violation.
...The herbicide is widely used on Thailand's farms but considered too dangerous for use in 53 countries around the world.
...Thailand Pesticide Alert Network co-ordinator Prokchol Ousap said..."I wonder if it intends to favour some companies,"....