ANROEV conference 2013



When: Friday, May 8 - 10, 2013

Where: HolidayInn Bangkok Silom, 
981 Silom Rd, Bangkok -10500, Thailand

Hosted by : ANROEV network and AMRC

About ANROEV: The Asian Network for the Rights of Occupational and Environmental Victims (ANROEV) is a coalition of victims’ groups, trade unions and other labor groups committed to the rights of victims and health and safety at the workplace. The 1993 industrial disasters of Kader and Zhili, which killed more than 250 workers in Thailand and China, led to a campaign by the labor and victims groups in Asia towards better health and safety rights of the workers and the victims

Background note : The Asian Network for the Rights of Occupational and Environmental Victims (ANROEV) formerly known as the Asian Network for Rights of Occupational and Accident Victims (ANROAV) is a coalition of victims’ groups, trade unions and other labour groups across Asia, all committed to the rights of Victims and for overall improvement of health and safety at the workplace. The ANROAV members in 2010 decided to change the name of the network, in light of the many overlaps of the OSH movement with its environmental counterpart, the network was renamed as ANROEV, the Asian Network for the Rights of Occupational and Environmental

Victims. The industrial disasters of Kader and Zhili, that killed more than 250 workers led to a campaign by the labour and victims groups in Asia towards better health and safety rights of the workers and the victims. ANROEV was formally constituted in 1997 and now has members from 14 Asian Countries and Territories including Japan, Korea, China, India, Pakistan, Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, Bangladesh, Hong Kong SAR, Taiwan, Nepal, Vietnam and Cambodia. In addition to the members in Asia, the ANROEV network is now the part of a process to build a global grassroots OSH network linking up grassroots OSH groups/networks in North America, Europe and Central/South America.
This year (i.e.) 2013 is the 20th Anniversary of the Kader fire tragedy and we will join victims of the fire in Bangkok on May 10, 2013 along with our comrades and Thai groups to commemorate the anniversary of this gruesome fire that took place in the Kader factory that took 188 lives on 10 May 1993. Later this year will be the 20th anniversary of the Zhili fire in China where the victims and member of our ANROEV China network will be coming together to remember and honour the victims of the Zhili fire. Over the past 20 years our network has moved on from accidents to occupational diseases and we now have strong victims organising
in electronics, silicosis and asbestos. But unfortunately recent events in both Pakistan and Bangladesh have taken us back in time and we are back talking about accidents and fire safety again in 2013. This year there will be focus given to fire safety and occupational diseases. On February 19, 2013, a UN study which is the most comprehensive report on endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) to date, highlights associations between exposure to EDCs and health problems including the potential for such chemicals to contribute to the development of in men, women and children. EDCs can enter the environment mainly through industrial
and urban discharges, and waste. Human exposure can occur via the ingestion of food, dust and water, inhalation of gases and particles in the air, and skin contact.1 Exposure to chemicals in the region, the cocktail of chemicals being used in industries, the extent and effects of this exposure is still unknown and how it affects people and the environment is not fully known. The ANROEV network has ongoing strong campaign and organising of victims in the areas of asbestos, silicosis, electronics and mining.
The relevance of the ANROEV network is that our network is a grassroots network which is aimed at strengthening the victims and the people being impacted to seek justice so that they are organized and it also serves as a deterrent to remove the harmful hazardous substances are not used at the workplace. By bringing together the members from across the region, it is these experiences across the region that the ANROEV meetings brings together by creating a platform for the members and by facilitating thematic workshops for the exchange of ideas, to crystallise and form strategies nationally and regionally on existing campaigns and programs which will help shape the future direction of the network in terms of campaign, consolidated actions that can be taken and release of reports based on the collective work of the members. Members of the network have made steady progress and won victories that have pushed the frontier in the
fight for justice of victims. The ANROEV conference now takes place every two years to help conserve our resources and to channel our energies nationally into building OSH networks like we have done in China, India and Indonesia. The network will now look at following the same strategy in other countries. These national networks come together on regional campaigns and further strengthen the fight for recognition and compensation and creating a united fight in OSH related issues in the Asian region. In addition, this year at the end of the ANROEV annual conference there will be a global grassroots OSH meeting where a few members of the ANROEV network will meet with members from other OSH and environmental network representatives with the intention of looking at ways of working together, and forming closer linkages with the
vision of further strengthening the global grassroots OSH movement and the ANROEV network
becoming an integral part of this network.
●To provide updates from network members on various ANROEV struggles and campaigns during the conference
● To devise strategies and to strengthen the victims’ movement by providing support at the ground for victims in terms of medical and legal support and access to information
● Look at joint collaboration on campaigns, actions, research and advocacy strategies for the next 2 years
● Look at ways to build strong linkages with environmental groups, workers and community groups on OSH issues building a strong OSH movement nationally and thereby making the regional ANROEV network stronger
● Share experiences with OSH groups outside Asia and look at ways to building linkages and support
● Propose a strategic plan for the direction if the network in the next two years
Expected Participants
Participants will be member organisations of the network and associated members from other
parts of the world who are actively engaging with our network and are also looking to be a part
of the global grassroots OSH movement.