Côte d'Ivoire: Toxic waste pollution crisis – Sep 2006
According to various sources, hazardous substances were dumped from the vessel, 'Probo Koala' on or about 19 Aug 2006 at a number of sites in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire. Initially six people were reported to have died and several thousand sought health care through fear of contamination or inhaling fumes. Symptoms included intestinal and respiratory problems as well as nose bleeds, nausea and vomiting. The Government requested international assistance in dealing with the crisis on 4 Sep. As a result of the crisis, the Cabinet was dissolved on 6 Sep. On 9 Sep, an UNDAC team was requested by the UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Abidjan, to assist the UN and national authorities in coordination of the response to the crisis. (OCHA, 11 Sep 2006) As of 16 Oct, 10 deaths, 64 hospitalizations and 104,000 medical consultations had been recorded. The number of consultations per day had decreased from 3,600 in September to 70. (OCHA, 23 Oct 2006)
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- UNEP: UN Environment releases an independent audit of sites affected by toxic waste in Cote d'Ivoire. 30 Jan 2018
- Amnesty: The toxic truth: About a company called Trafigura, a ship called the Probo Koala, and the dumping of toxic waste in Côte d’Ivoire. 25 Sep 2012
- UN HRC: Ten years on, the survivors of illegal toxic waste dumping in Côte d’Ivoire remain in the dark. 17 Aug 2016
- Amnesty: Côte d’Ivoire: Trafigura unrepentant 10 years after toxic waste dump. 19 Aug 2016
- WFP: WFP Emergency Report No. 36 of 2006. 8 Sep 2006
UN Environment conducted an independent audit of the sites affected by the 2006 waste dumping from the Probo Koala in various parts of Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire.
The audit finds that none of the sites where waste from the Probo Koala was dumped show contamination exceeding the limits set by the Government of Côte d’Ivoire for remediation. As a result, none of these sites requires additional intervention to clean up contamination from the 2006 dumping event.
By Lucy Ghaham - A small health centre sits at the edge of Djibi, a village of 4,500 people on the outskirts of the bustling city of Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. Through the open-ended corridor that runs down the middle of the building you can see two of the many sites around Abidjan where, exactly ten years ago, truck after truck dumped over 540,000 litres of toxic waste unloaded from a ship at the nearby port.
Le géant du négoce de marchandises Trafigura doit tout révéler au sujet de la nature des déchets toxiques déversés à Abidjan, la capitale de la Côte d'Ivoire, il y a 10 ans, a déclaré Amnesty International le 19 août.
Commodities giant Trafigura must come clean over the contents of toxic waste dumped in the Côte d’Ivoire capital Abidjan ten years ago, said Amnesty International today.
Trafigura has never disclosed exactly what was in the 540,000 plus litres of toxic waste dumped at 18 sites in Abidjan on 19 August 2006. More than 100,000 people sought medical attention after the dumping for a whole range of symptoms including dizziness, vomiting and breathing problems, and authorities reported 15 deaths.
10e anniversaire de l’incident ‘Probo Koala’ - Vendredi 19 août 2016
GENÈVE (16 août 2016) – A propos du 10e anniversaire du déversement illégal de déchets toxiques en Côte d’Ivoire, un groupe d’experts des Nations Unies* exhorte le gouvernement ivoirien, l’ensemble des Etats responsables et de la communauté internationale à saisir cette occasion pour aborder les répercussions constantes des droits de l’incident.
10th anniversary of the ‘Probo Koala incident’ - Friday 19 August 2016
GENEVA (17 August 2016) – Speaking ahead of the 10th anniversary of the illegal dumping of toxic waste in Côte d’Ivoire, a group of United Nations experts* urge the Ivorian Government, all responsible States and the international community to take this opportunity to address the ongoing human rights impacts of the incident.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Post-Crisis Environmental Assessment
Post-Crisis Environmental Recovery
Environmental Cooperation for Peacebuilding
CHAPTER 4 Disaster Risk Reduction
Experts available for interview on anniversary of waste dump
Dozens of local residents have told Amnesty International they fear the long-term health impact of toxic waste belonging to multinational oil trader Trafigura dumped in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, exactly eight years ago tomorrow.
Amnesty International et Greenpeace demandent l'ouverture d'une enquête pénale
Trafigura, multinationale responsable du déversement en 2006 de déchets toxiques à Abidjan (Côte d'Ivoire), à la suite duquel plus de 100 000 personnes ont dû se faire soigner, doit faire l'objet d'une enquête pénale au Royaume-Uni, concluent Amnesty International et Greenpeace International dans un nouveau rapport rendu public mardi 25 septembre 2012.
Report slams failure to prevent toxic waste dumping in West Africa
Amnesty International and Greenpeace call for criminal investigation
Trafigura, the multinational company behind the 2006 dumping of toxic waste in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, resulting in over 100,000 people seeking medical assistance, must be criminally investigated in the UK, Amnesty International and Greenpeace Netherlands conclude in a major new report released today.
Côte d’Ivoire’s new government must ensure that the compensation paid out by the oil-trading corporate group Trafigura reaches the thousands of victims affected by a toxic waste dumping in 2006, Amnesty International said today on the fifth anniversary of the disaster.
Trafigura has paid US$260 million in a number of payouts but much of the money remains unaccounted for and thousands of victims have not received anything.
AI Index: AFR 31/002/2010
21 October 2010
More than one year after reaching an out-of-court settlement with the oil-trading company Trafigura over waste dumping in Côte d'Ivoire, thousands of victims are still waiting to receive their compensation money.
The process to distribute the compensation to approximately 30,000 claimants has been plagued by repeated delays. In late 2009 a group calling itself the National Coordination of Toxic Waste Victims of Côte d'Ivoire (CNVDT-CI) claimed to represent the 30,000 people who had …
Geneva, 24 June 2010 - In a bid to protect the coastal environment of West Africa from hazardous waste, a modern laboratory has been set in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire, to improve the port's waste monitoring standards.
The laboratory which was formally handed over to the Côte d'Ivoire's ministry of environment, is equipped to test for hazardous waste from ships entering the West African port.
* Prosecutor wants 2 mln euro fine for Trafigura
* Prison sentences up to 12 months demanded
* Ruling scheduled for July 23
By Harro ten Wolde
AMSTERDAM, June 21 (Reuters) - The Dutch public prosecutor is seeking a maximum fine for commodities trader Trafigura, saying it violated environmental laws when transporting toxic waste that ultimately ended up in the open air in Ivory Coast.
The prosecutor said on Monday the privately-held company should pay 2 million euros ($2.5 million) in fines, charging it with exporting waste, concealing its harmfulness and …
Human Rights Council
AFTERNOON 8 June 2010
The Human Rights Council this afternoon held a panel discussion on the adverse effects of the movement and dumping of toxic and dangerous products and wastes on the enjoyment of human rights.
Introducing the panel discussion, Alex Van Meeuwen, President of the Human Rights Council, said the overall aim of this panel was to get an overview of the issues related to the movement and dumping of toxic waste, with the view of assessing the impact on the enjoyment of human rights.
Craig Mokhiber, Chief of the Human Rights and Economic and …
Près de 31.000 victimes attendent toujours d'être dédommagées de l'intoxication causée à Abidjan en 2006 par le navire Probo Koala. D'après les dernières informations disponibles, les quelque 1000 euros par victime prescrits par une sentence judiciaire pourraient être répartis à partir de mars prochain, suite aux retards relatifs à un contentieux entre le cabinet d'avocats anglais Leigh Day and Co. et Claude Gohourou, représentant des victimes de l'intoxication. Le cabinet Leigh Day and Co.
23 Jan 2010 15:18:54 GMT
* Court rules in favour of controversial victim group
* Lawyer says other victims won't receive a penny
* Amnesty International slams ruling (adds paragraph 4, saying a judge ruled there was no evidence that the waste caused deaths)
ABIDJAN, Jan 22 (Reuters) - An Ivorian court ordered on Friday that nearly $50 million in compensation awarded to victims of a toxic waste dumping should be paid to a group claiming to represent them.
Oil trader Trafigura offered compensation to 31,000 Ivorians in September in an out-of-court …
An Ivorian court decision to transfer $45 million intended for the victims of the Trafigura toxic waste disaster to a group falsely claiming to represent them is a travesty of justice, Amnesty International said today.
The organization called for an immediate stay on the court's decision so that the money is not transferred before the victims have a chance to appeal.
In late 2009, a group known as the National Coordination of Toxic Waste Victims of Côte d'Ivoire (CNVDT-CI) claimed that it represented some 30,000 victims who had brought a court case against Trafigura in the …
An attempt to defraud victims of the Trafigura toxic waste dump disaster out of $45 million must be stopped, Amnesty International said today in an open letter.
An organization known as the National Coordination of Toxic Waste Victims of Côte d'Ivoire (CNVDT-CI) is falsely claiming to represent some 30,000 victims who brought a court case against Trafigura in the UK.
Victims of the 2006 toxic waste dumping scandal in Côte d'Ivoire told Amnesty International on Monday that a ruling protecting their compensation was a "small victory".
There were celebrations in the capital Abidjan last week when a court ruled that the $45m settlement paid by oil-trading company Trafigura to people affected by the toxic waste dumping should not be transferred into the account of an organisation which is falsely claiming to represent all 30,000 of them.
"What happened on Friday was a small victory but we still haven't had what is due to …