Support for Agent Orange victims of the Vietnam war

This video is about the consequences of Agent Orange in Vietnam.

From Green Left Weekly in Australia:

Support for Agent Orange victims


12 April 2007

Nearly 700,000 people have signed an international online petition in solidarity with Vietnam’s victims of Agent Orange, which was sprayed extensively by the US military during the Vietnam War.

The petition, which was launched in 2004, will be presented to the judges of the US Court of Appeal on the eve of an expected June ruling on a victims’ lawsuit against the nearly 40 chemical companies that produced the deadly chemical for the US military.

In addition to the hundreds of thousands of Vietnamese victims who have died over the years from exposure to Agent Orange, there are an estimated 3 million mostly poverty-stricken victims still living in Vietnam.

Of the 80 million litres of herbicides/defoliants that the US military sprayed in Vietnam as a war weapon, more than half were nicknamed Agent Orange, which contains the class-one human carcinogen dioxin.

To garner further support for the victims’ case, Andre Bouny, chairperson of the international committee in support of the Vietnamese Agent Orange/Dioxin victims and the New York trial, addressed a March 27 meeting of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva.

Meanwhile, solidarity was also extended by South Korean veterans who fought as US allies in the Vietnam War and, like some US soldiers, also fell victim to the effects of Agent Orange.

An estimated 150,000 out of a contingent of 320,000 Korean soldiers were affected.

Just 6795 of these were granted a total of US$62 million as compensation by a South Korean court in January 2006.

Dow Chemical and Monsanto were the two companies ordered to pay, and both are also being sued by the Vietnamese victims in the US lawsuit.

On April 9, a delegation from the Vietnam Association of Victims of Agent Orange/Dioxin (VAVA) met with the Korean veterans in Seoul seeking to learn from the Korean court case.

17 thoughts on “Support for Agent Orange victims of the Vietnam war

  1. GMW: Monsanto Demands Ban On Honesty
    Posted by: “RONALD GATES” ronald8212
    Mon Apr 23, 2007 6:07 pm (PST)

    GM WATCH daily list

    NOTE: According to a standard disclaimer on the website this comes from, this story is a satire or parody and “entirely fictitious”. You could have fooled us.

    Monsanto Demands Ban On Honesty
    The Spoof, 23 April 2007

    St. Louis, MO: Perhaps taking a cue from the brave leader of our nation, Monsanto Company has written to FDA and FTC demanding that milk producers be blocked from telling the truth.

    Monsanto produces and sells an artificial hormone which increases milk production from dairy cows when given to them. However, the US is the only industrial nation in the world where the hormone is approved for use. It has been banned in most other countries. An increasing number of US milk producers have refused to use the hormone for health reasons and notifying the public of that fact by using slogans like: ‘Our Farmer’s Pledge: No Artificial Growth Hormones’.

    It is very unusual for a multinational biotech company to demand MORE government regulation, but that is exactly what Monsanto is now doing. The company contends is is ‘deceptive and misleading’ for anyone to claim they DO NOT use the hormone known as recombinant bovine somatotropin (rBST).

    ‘Those darned farmers and dairymen are out to get us by publishing actual facts,’ said Monsanto spokesman Andrew Burchett, ‘and, we are looking to our government regulators to provide us protection.’

    ‘We produce the hormone by combining cow DNA with E Coli bacteria, and before you must ask, yes, it’s *that* E Coli bacteria. But it is totally unnecessary and uncalled for to share that information with the public. Our artificial hormone is approved by FDA. We made darned sure of that by hiring a couple of their top staffers and providing them with dream jobs and salaries in the stratosphere. We now deserve and expect some protection for our investment.’

    ‘It is an artificial argument for users to claim they do not use our artificial hormone just to improve the marketability of their more natural products,’ said Burchett, ‘and I must tell you our company resents that very much. If we have to, we are completely willing and prepared to go to court to block anyone’s freedom of speech on this issue.’

    ‘After all, nothing at all must be allowed to stand in the way of our deserved profits and CEO compensation. Least of all some bogus and trumped up issue like human health.’

    The FDA and FTC are expected to grant Monsanto’s ban on free speech in accordance with current policies of the Bush administration.

    The story above is a satire or parody.
    It is entirely fictitious.


  2. Re: GMW: Monsanto Demands Ban On Honesty
    Posted by: “Steven Erickson” wake911up
    Tue Apr 24, 2007 4:54 am (PST)
    Monsanto is one of the truely evil entities. Fluorishing under the evil doer’s rule in DC. Little is said or known of the genetic engineering of plant and animal life, the draconian patent enforcements, and the overall F’ing they are giving Mother Nature. When Monsanto is finished it’ll be Mother Monsanto alone poisoning us and what’s left of the environment.

    I think this is under most people’s radar with all the investigations of bushco and the endless war of incompetence in Iraq but please keep an eye on Monsanto. There’s some dedicated websites dedicated to watching and reporting on those bad asses.


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