|My companion, who died from mesothelioma at age 69,|
believed he had been exposed to asbestos while
working on railroad engines in Belgium at age 19.
The daughter of a victim of asbestos who died of mesothelioma, questions the responsibility of Eternit, the asbestos factory where her father worked during three summers as a student. “In Switzerland, the statute of limitations is ten years. The law must change. Here the industrial lobby is so powerful that my hopes rest more on the creation of an international tribunal.” The industrial lobby is indeed very powerful in Switzerland: asbestos, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, telecommunications. The emerging public health issue of serious illnesses related to the electromagnetic radiation (EMR) emitted by wireless technology has been compared to the growing catastrophe of asbestos-related diseases. Let the example of asbestos be a lesson to all of us. The 10-year statute of limitations must be changed in Switzerland because it will make it impossible to legally recognize a cause-effect relationship between EMR-related illnesses and wireless technologies, given that the potential serious illnesses which may result, such as brain cancer, usually declare themselves only after 10 years’ exposure.
Testimonies : The Forgotten Swiss of Asbestos
by Xavier Filliez, L’Illustré, 22 February 2012 (translated from French)
Clément Fenu, 65, carpenter, on invalidity insurance, afflicted with pleural plaques due to exposure to asbestos
“I feel stabbing pains in my chest”