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16 June 2016, The Collaborative on Health and the Environment

Mercury in the North: Sources of Contamination and International Policies to Protect Health & Human Rights

by Rochelle Diver, Environmental Health Program Coordinator for the International Indian Treaty Council. She received her Master Degree in Human Rights from the University of Sidney in 2012.

Mercury is an extremely toxic metal that is naturally occurring and can damage the human nervous System. Mercury is released into the atmosphere, soil and water from a variety of sources and also has broad uses in everyday objects. The Minamata Convention on Mercury is a global treaty to protect human health and the Environment from the adverse effects of Mercury.

See below on recent Mercury Convention negotiations and the importance of this treaty to the health and human rights of Indigenous communities.