UN human rights experts express concerns about a toxic dump of a Swedish company in Chile.
Members of the office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights demonstrated their deepest concerns on the about the lack of accountability in relation to a devastating impact on a local community of a dumping of toxic waste by a Swedish company in the northern Chilean city of Arica nearly 40 years ago. In 1984-1985, the Swedish company Boliden Mineral AB dumped nearly 20,000 tonnes of toxic waste, containing high concentrations of arsenic, mercury, cadmium and lead, in Arica. The consequences of the waste dump are still present nowadays. For example, some women of reproductive age who played on the waste pile as children have been unable to conceive. Approximately 12,000 people have been affected by the waste, and many have lost their lives. The victims have been denied access to justice for years, received little or no remediation, and even today their need of medical care is ignored. The experts said that Sweden knew the waste was being dumped in Chile, but failed to act in line with its customary international environmental law obligations. For further information, please visit: https://www.ohchr.org/EN/NewsEvents/Pages/media.aspx?IsMediaPage=true