Symposium at the World Conference on Tobacco or Health 2015

May 6, 2015 | | Say something

Four panelists, Mira Aghi, Mark Spires, Yvette van der Ejik, and Kelsey Romeo-Stuppy spoke about different aspects of the human rights based approach to tobacco control.

Mira Aghi (India) presented on the exploitation of bidi rollers by the industry. She highlighted the financial, health and education struggles faced by the bidi rollers, the large majority of whom are women and children (Powerpoint).

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Mark Spires (USA) discussed the MPOWER framework and how United Nations Human Rights treaties, such as the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, the Convention on the Rights of the Child, the International Covenant on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights relate to the framework. Mark pointed out that 7 out of 9 of the UN Human Rights treaties contain language that aligns with MPOWER policy areas (Powerpoint).

Yvette van der Ejik (Singapore) spoke about human rights in regard to the Tobacco Free Generation proposal. She presented the human rights arguments on both sides of the Tobacco Free Generation proposal, but concluded that TFG is compatible with human rights principles like the right to health and right to life and does not unduly burden other rights (Powerpoint).

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Kelsey Romeo-Stuppy (USA) discussed the potential criminal liability of tobacco executives in domestic and international legal systems, as well as the potential human rights violations perpetrated by the industry. She presented both regional avenues to pursue human rights claims, like the Inter-American system, as well as international options, such as the International Criminal Court (Powerpoint).

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P1050202BThe panel was well attended and the presentations ended with an enthusiastic question and answer session.

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