Amnesty International Censures Pakistan For Failing To Protect People From “Exposure To Hazardous Air”

Pakistan has Worst Air Quality in the World

Individuals of deteriorating air quality, Amnesty International censures Pakistani authorities. According to the report, the measure has been taken by the global watchdog for Pakistan’s failure to protect individuals from”exposure to hazardous air” and”risking and violating human rights to life and health”.

“The threshold for’hazardous’ degree of air quality is 300 where individuals are advised to’avoid all physical activity outdoors’.”

Amnesty said that for the majority of the year, Lahore’s air quality fluctuated between unhealthy and quite unhealthy.

“Throughout the smog season — from October to January — air quality reaches hazardous amounts “

The data was gathered by the Pakistan Air Quality Initiative, with all tracks installed by United States Consulate in Lahore.

“The high amount of smog is a new issue nor one that came with no warning. The authorities of Pakistan has to do more to adequately address such a serious public health crisis — one that endangers people’s health and their own lives,” said Rimmel Mohydin, South Asia Campaigner at Amnesty International.

“Extended or heavy exposure to hazardous air can Lead to serious health problems”
Amnesty added that”prolonged or heavy exposure to hazardous air can lead to serious health problems such as asthma, lung damage, bronchial ailments, and heart issues and shortened life expectancy — placing at risk people’s rights to life and to health, as well as the right to a healthy environment”

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“The so-called’smog season’ is really where poor fuel quality, uncontrolled emissions, and harvest burning off the quality of this already unhealthy air, from October to December,” the media release further added.

“Air pollution and climate catastrophe are intricately linked. If authorities continue to stall making concerted attempts to address the smog catastrophe, it is going to continue to devastate human life,” said Rimmel Mohydin.

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