An article on Ekklesia on 23rd July reported that a leading industrial diseases lawyer has joined calls for a change in the law after a Sunday Times investigation revealed that Britain is one of the world’s biggest traders in asbestos, a deadly material that kills more than 100,000 people every year. Despite asbestos being banned in the UK for the past 20 years, British-registered companies are still responsible for shipping hundreds of thousands of tons of asbestos to some of the world’s poorest countries including India, Sri Lanka and Indonesia where it is still used in construction. Trading in asbestos is not unlawful in the UK and there is no suggestion that the companies are engaged in illicit activity.
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