A number of Maltese dockyard workers have filed a human rights lawsuit against various government bodies over the problems that they have experienced as a result of exposure to asbestos, which is a potentially deadly carcinogenic that can cause serious health problems, including a form of fatal cancer known as mesothelioma.

Several dockyard workers filed the lawsuits last week, and they claimed that various rights had been infringed by government agencies, including the right to live, their right to a private and family life, and their right to not be subjected to degrading treatment.

It is claimed that ongoing exposure to various forms of the substance, which includes amosite, chrysotile, and crocidolite asbestos have caused a variety of problems including asbestosis, pleural effusions, lung cancer, mesothelioma, and in some cases death.

The lawsuit claims that the government agencies named in the suit acted shamelessly by withholding information about the dangers of asbestos exposure, and allowing this exposure to continue and affect the workers’ lives in the way that it has.

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