Mission Statement & Guiding Principles

Mission Statement

The International Campaign for Justice in Bhopal (ICJB) is responsible to two communities: the survivors of the continuing Bhopal disaster in India, and the community of activists all over the world working for justice on behalf of the survivors.

ICJB creates and implements campaign strategies and actions designed to further the demands and goals of the survivors. These goals include:

  • The remediation of environmental damage caused by the abandoned Union Carbide pesticides factory
  • Adequate monetary compensation and medical care for the survivors of the disaster, including second and third generation children born with contamination-related congenital birth defects.

ICJB uses a variety of methods to achieve its goals, including non-violent direct action, media outreach and education.

ICJB fundraises in an effort to provide resources not only for Survivors, but also for supporters of the survivors who wish to take action in their own communities and universities.

ICJB works in solidarity with other communities affected by Dow Chemical and with organizations working to expose gross corporate negligence.

 In addition ICJB-NA and ICJB-UK work to increase corporate accountability in North America and Europe through public awareness of the Bhopal disaster.

ICJB fights for a toxic-free future for all.

 Guiding Principles

1. The Precautionary Principle

“When an activity raises threats of harm to human health or the environment, precautionary measures should be taken even if some cause and effect relationships are not fully established scientifically.”Unless the proponent of the activity can prove it is not harmful, the activity should be avoided.

 2. The Polluter Pays Principle

Those who pollute the environment and endangering people’s health are responsible for cleaning up the pollution and remedying the ill-health they cause.

3. The Right to Know

People should have easy access to information about potential or current threats to the quality of the environment and their lives.

 4. International Liability

CEOs and corporations should not be allowed to abscond from legal proceedings brought against them in other nations.

 5. Environmental Justice

Poor, indigenous communities should not be targeted with polluting facilities, dangerous technologies and other threats to their health and community.

“Wingspread Conference on the Precautionary Principle”. The Science and Environmental Health Network. January 26, 1998. Retrieved October 25, 2008.

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What Happened in Bhopal?

Our Team

Campaign Demands

History of ICJB

Our Supporters and Allies

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