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World Antilles: A 2006 complaint for chlordecone poisoning could be prescribed

23:40  21 january  2021
23:40  21 january  2021 Source:   20minutes.fr

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Chlordecone was already recognised as hazardous in 1972. It was banned in the US as kepone after several The chemical is very slow to break down in the environment: contamination can persist for Prof Multigner has investigated the chlordecone crisis and says Antilles residents are very anxious

Chlordecone is an organochlorine pesticide that has been extensively used to control the banana root borer population in the French West Indies. Le chlordécone est un pesticide organochloré, qui a été utilisé dans les Antilles françaises pour lutter contre le charançon du bananier Cosmopolites sordidus.

Seven associations from Martinique and Guadeloupe filed a complaint in 2006 against the poisoning of their islands with chlordecone, a pesticide banned in France in 1990

Castries, Sainte-Lucie, dans les Antilles (illustration). © BR PRODUCTIONS / SIPA Castries, Saint Lucia, in the West Indies (illustration). PESTICIDE - Seven associations from Martinique and Guadeloupe filed a complaint in 2006 against the poisoning of their islands with chlordecone, a pesticide banned in France in 1990

A complaint filed 14 years ago for poisoning with chlordecone by associations Martinique and Guadeloupe could fall under the scope of the prescription, they indicated, this Thursday, at the end of a hearing at the TGI of Paris.

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Three associations from Martinique and four from Guadeloupe were heard on Wednesday and Thursday by videoconference by two investigating judges from the health center of the Paris TGI, 14 years after the filing of their complaint for "endangering the lives of others ".

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They had filed a complaint as soon as 2006 against the poisoning of their islands with chlordecone, a pesticide banned in France in 1990 but which continued to be authorized in the banana fields of Martinique and Guadeloupe by ministerial exemption until 1993. More than 90% of the adult population in Guadeloupe and Martinique is contaminated by chlordecone , according to Public Health France, and the West Indian populations have one of the highest incidence rate of prostate cancer in the world.

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The investigating judges informed the associations that evidence had disappeared and that the case could be under a statute of limitations, the Martinican associations told local media after the hearing. "It's been 14 years that this has been dragging on in their courts and today we are told that the facts are prescribed? It’s not our fault! "Pascal Tourbillon, representing ASSAUPAMAR (the Association for the Safeguarding of Martinican Heritage), spoke at RCI radio.

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Maître Louis Boutrin, the lawyer for the Association for Urban Ecology based in Martinique, asks for his part that the instruction to proceed to indictments be closed as quickly as possible and specifies that "there is today, reports from the DGCCRF (General Directorate for Competition, Consumption and Fraud Control) which have not been taken into account, which are offenses committed in 2006 and which make it possible to push back the limits of the prescription ".

The associations mobilized in Martinique, AMSES (the Medical Association for the Protection of the Environment and Health), ASSAUPAMAR and the Association for Urban Ecology, are now planning to seize the European courts, in particular the European Court. human rights.

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