An international investigation has been underway following the devastating aftermath of the Tianjin explosion in China that left more than 100 people dead. The United Nations have had an ongoing presence in the oversight of the inquiry into the Chinese government. U.N. human rights expert, Baskut Tuncak, stated that “The Chinese authorities should also assess whether China’s laws for hazardous substances and wastes are consistent with international human rights standards, including the right to information, ” further emphasizing the need for transparency in order to avoid future disasters. Mr. Tuncak also noted that under the guidelines that direct international human rights standards, China has a responsibility to “…generate, assess, update and disseminate information about hazardous substances…”, highlighting the necessity for improved communication. The U.N. Human Rights Council will hear a special report from Mr. Tuncak on the right to information on September 16th, 2015.
The Chinese Supreme People’s Protectorate had stated that they have opened an investigation into the source of the explosion. Additionally, the government of China has also stated that they will be conducting inspections of facilities that have been known to house the types of chemicals involved in the explosion. Furthermore, the government of China announced that they will be imposing harsh penalties not only on those responsible for the explosion, but for future safety violators as well.
As pressure mounts on the Chinese government from the international community, the overall message being delivered is a push for greater transparency. With the economic and human losses that China has suffered recently, transparency of information is a topic on the collective world’s mind. International and local regulations have long been pain points for many entities. To find out how Source Intelligence can make chemical compliance comprehensive, register here for a complimentary webinar.