They ask 'transparency' research by explosions in Tianjin
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Similarly, the UN Special Rapporteur urged the companies involved to ensure full transparency in the investigations on the chemical disaster, including causes and effects.
"The Chinese authorities must also assess whether the laws of China for substances and hazardous waste are consistent with international human rights standards, including the right to information", Tuncak said in a statement.
The expert will present a special report on the right to information in the context of the use of hazardous before the Human Rights Council of the United Nations on 16 September substances.
He noted that, under international human rights standards, the State has an obligation to generate, evaluate, update and disseminate information on hazardous substances, and companies have a responsibility to respect human rights, including the effective communication.
"This chemical disaster serves as an unfortunate example of the need for information about hazardous for the protection, respect and enjoyment of human rights substances," said the expert.
He felt that with effective information and communication, perhaps we could have mitigated or even could have prevented this tragic disaster.
"Moreover, the reported restrictions on public access to information about health and safety, as well as restrictions on press freedom after the accident, are deeply disturbing, because the risk of increasing the number of victims of this disaster was run "he added.
Tuncak stressed that "information on hazardous substances must be available and accessible in order to protect and respect the rights to life, health and public participation as well as the freedoms of speech and press."
The explosions occurred a week ago in a chemical warehouse in the Chinese port of Tianjin, has left so far 114 people dead, over 700 injured and at least 57 missing.
Ruihai containers stored about 700 tons of sodium cyanide, a highly toxic substance.