Activist Lawyers Call For UN Intervention in Samsung’s Occupational Disease Crisis

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MINBYUN, or Lawyers for a Democratic Society, filed allegations letters with the Special Producers of Human Rights Council of the UN on Sept. 25, seeking intervention in Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd.’s and the South Korean government’s inaction toward the deadly occupational disease cluster at the world’s largest chipmaker.

Lawyers’ Concerns

In three separate letters, drawing on data provided by SHARPS, MINBYUN enumerated concerns about the disease cluster, ranging from consistent failures by Samsung to protect employees from hazardous chemicals, to time-consuming and costly regulatory loopholes that help financially ruin the victims and their families.

“Indulged in speedy production of products, [Samsung] did not conduct training on the danger of the chemical substance and the necessity of protecting devices and did not provide sufficient protective devices,” MINBYUN alleged.

The activist lawyers raised concerns about shortcomings at Korea Workers’ Compensation & Welfare Service (KCOMWEL), the quasi-government entity responsible for workers compensation. …

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