Human Rights Watch

multimedia newsroom

Groundbreaking Mercury Treaty Takes Effect

Prompt Action Needed to Protect People, Environment from Toxic Substance

Wednesday 16th Aug 2017

  • Latest News
  • Children's Rights

(Geneva) – The United Nations Minamata Convention on Mercury, which went into effect on August 16, 2017, could benefit millions of people affected by toxic mercury, Human Rights Watch said today. Under the treaty, governments are obligated to protect their citizens from the harmful effects of mercury and to put in place controls in polluting industries, such as artisanal and small-scale gold mining and coal-fired power plants.

Mercury, a shiny liquid metal, attacks the central nervous system, can result in lifelong disability, and is very harmful to children. It can be lethal in higher doses.

Human Rights Watch has done extensive research and multimedia work on the use of mercury and child labor in small-scale gold mining. 

For access to stills and footage on this subject, please see: 

Philippines: Children Risk Death to Dig and Dive For Gold

Ghana: Child Labor Fuels Gold Supply Chain

Tanzania: Hazardous Life of Child Gold Miners

Ghana: Mine Accident Highlights Risk to Children

 

 

MORE LATEST NEWS

US: Harmful Surgery on Intersex Children

Tuesday 25th Jul 2017

Length 08:08

Medically Unnecessary Operations Risk Lifelong Suffering

3 0 0 0 0 0
Venezuela: Video Footage Exposes Brutal Repression

Saturday 22nd Jul 2017

Length 2:20

Violent Response to Widespread Protests

1 0 0 0 0 0
Greece: Lone Migrant Children Left Unprotected 

Thursday 20th Jul 2017

Length 04:30

Flawed Procedures Leave Those on Lesbos at Risk of Abuse

3 0 0 0 0 0
Russia: Assault on Freedom of Expression

Tuesday 18th Jul 2017

Length 3:30

Repressive Laws and Policies Restrict Online Speech, Stifle Critical Voices  

2 0 0 0 0 0
Brazil: Zika Epidemic Exposes Rights Problems

Thursday 13th Jul 2017

Length 7:01

Government Announced Emergency Over, But Major Risks Remain

3 0 5 0 0 0
Senegal: Effort to Stem Child Begging Falls Short

Tuesday 11th Jul 2017

 

Rampant Exploitation, Abuse of Talibé Children

0 0 15 0 0 0
Ghana: People with Disabilities Freed from Chains

Friday 07th Jul 2017

Length 00:53

Invest in Voluntary Mental Health Services and Support in Communities

1 0 0 0 0 0
Russia: Peaceful Protesters Detained, Abused

Friday 07th Jul 2017

Length 00:33

Mass Detentions, Beatings, Flawed Hearings

1 0 8 0 0 0
Bangladesh: End Disappearances and Secret Detentions

Thursday 06th Jul 2017

Length 1:10

Ensure Justice, Answers for Rights Abuses

3 0 0 0 0 0
Central African Republic: Civilians Targeted in War

Wednesday 05th Jul 2017

Length 1:11

Justice Needed for War Crimes

2 0 0 0 0 0
Uzbekistan: Forced Labor Linked to World Bank

Tuesday 27th Jun 2017

Length 06:50

Systematic Violations Underpin Country’s Cotton Sector

3 0 0 0 0 0
Philippines: LGBT Students Face Bullying, Abuse

Thursday 22nd Jun 2017

Length 3:44

Discrimination and Lack of Support Undermine Right to Education

3 0 0 0 0 0

SIMILAR STORIES

US: Harmful Surgery on Intersex Children

Tuesday 25th Jul 2017

Length 08:08

Medically Unnecessary Operations Risk Lifelong Suffering

3 0 0 0 0 0
Greece: Lone Migrant Children Left Unprotected 

Thursday 20th Jul 2017

Length 04:30

Flawed Procedures Leave Those on Lesbos at Risk of Abuse

3 0 0 0 0 0
Ghana: People with Disabilities Freed from Chains

Friday 07th Jul 2017

Length 00:53

Invest in Voluntary Mental Health Services and Support in Communities

1 0 0 0 0 0
Yemen: Houthi-Saleh Forces Using Landmines

Thursday 20th Apr 2017

Length 0:58

Cease Use of Banned Weapons; Ensure Clearance, Victim Assistance

2 0 9 0 0 0
Philippines: Children Risk Death to Dig and Dive For Gold

Wednesday 30th Sep 2015

Length 7:15

Enforce Child Labor, Health and Mining Laws

2 0 13 0 0 0
The ‘Killer Robots’ Accountability Gap

Thursday 09th Apr 2015

Length 3:25

Obstacles to Legal Responsibility Show Need for Ban

2 0 0 1 0 0
Groundbreaking Treaty on Toxic Mercury

Monday 07th Oct 2013

Length 3:57

Governments Should Sign, Ratify to Protect Environment, Health

2 0 0 0 0 0
Mercury Treaty: Last Chance to Address Health Effects

Thursday 10th Jan 2013

 

In Final Talks, Western Governments Should Agree to Include Prevention, Treatment

0 0 1 0 0 0
UN: Ban Ki-Moon Condemns Homophobic Laws

Monday 17th Dec 2012

Length 14:01

Calls for Protection of LGBT People

2 0 0 0 0 0

MOST VIEWED

Hissène Habré: Scenes from an Historic Trial

Tuesday 17th May 2016

Length 09:46

Hissène Habré Verdict Set for May 30

2 0 0 0 0 0
Iraq: Survivors Describe Mosque Massacre

Sunday 02nd Nov 2014

Length 04:10

Militias, Local Police Killed 34 at Friday prayer

2 0 0 0 0 0
African Union: Activists Challenge Attacks on ICC

Wednesday 06th Jul 2016

Length 01:00

Video Highlights Problems in AU Approach

3 0 0 0 0 0
বাংলাদেশঃ জোরপূর্বক নিখোঁজ ও গোপনে আটক বন্ধ করুন

Thursday 06th Jul 2017

Length 3:37

ন্যায়বিচার নিশ্চিত করুন, অধিকার লঙ্ঘনের জন্য জবাব দিন

3 0 0 0 0 0
INDIA: WOMEN WITH DISABILITIES LOCKED AWAY AND ABUSED

Wednesday 03rd Dec 2014

Length 05:16

End Forced Institutionalization, Sexual and Physical Violence, Involuntary Treatment

2 0 6 0 0 0
YEMEN: MIGRANTS HELD AT ‘TORTURE CAMPS’

Monday 26th May 2014

Length 03:11

Hold Traffickers, Officials Accountable for Role in Abuses

2 0 0 0 0 0
NORTH KOREA: TALES FROM CAMP SURVIVORS

Monday 17th Feb 2014

Length 14:33

New Video Shows Horrors of North Korea Through Eyewitness Testimony

2 0 0 0 0 0
Yemen: New Houthi Landmine Use

Monday 16th Nov 2015

 

Need for All Sides to Reject Weapon, Affirm Mine Ban Treaty

0 0 7 0 0 0
Activists Express Support for ICC as Zambia Debates Membership

Monday 03rd Apr 2017

Length 2:40

2 0 0 0 0 0
Iran: Women Face Bias in the Workplace

Thursday 25th May 2017

Length 2:19

Discriminatory Laws, Practices

1 0 0 0 0 0
Nujeen to EU: Refugees with Disabilities Deserve Better

Wednesday 31st May 2017

Length 1:26

Refugee Access to Basic Services Needed

2 0 0 0 0 0