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Greed, carelessness, and a callous disregard for human life – these words sum up the causes of the 1984 Bhopal gas disaster. Dow Chemical, an American corporation, and its subsidiary the Union Carbide Corporation are legally responsible for the 1984 Bhopal disaster. But Dow-Carbide has refused to show up to court and face criminal charges that have been pending in India for 25+ years. Dow-Carbide has gotten away with this because the US government keeps acting as Dow’s special protector, guarding it from all accusations and accountability.
Right now the White House and the US Department of Justice are shielding Dow-Carbide from FOUR court notices sent by the Indian Judicial system, which per international treaty must be served to Dow. It’s time we told the US Department of Justice to do its job properly and abide by international law! Sign the petition now!
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17 March 2015
At a press conference today, five organisations fighting for the rights of the survivors of the December ‘84 Bhopal gas disaster expressed anger at the repeated non-appearance of The Dow Chemical Company, USA, current owner of Union Carbide, in response to the notice sent by the Bhopal District court.
The organizations blamed the Indian government’s weak- kneed attempts and the US government’s continued support to the offending corporations for the non-appearance of The Dow Chemical Company (TDCC), USA for the second time yesterday. The organisations have sent letters to the Indian Prime Minister and the American President seeking effective action on this matter.
Continue reading Press Statement: Bhopal Gas Victims condemn repeated non-appearance of the Dow Chemical Company, USA in the Bhopal District Court
17 मार्च 2015
दिसंबर ’84 के यूनियन कार्बाइड हादसे के पीड़ितों के हकों के लिए लड़ने वाले पाँच संगठनों ने आज एक पत्रकार वार्ता में भोपाल जिला अदालत के नोटिस पर यूनियन कार्बाइड के वर्तमान मालिक अमरीकी डाव केमिकल कम्पनी के लगातार हाजिर न होने पर गुस्सा ज़ाहिर किया।
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The survivors of the Bhopal gas disaster never want anyone else to suffer the way they have.
Click on the image below or download (PDF) the ICJB Road Map to Justice, which outlines exactly what steps must be taken to ensure a life of justice and dignity for those poisoned by Dow-Carbide
In order to ensure justice is done and the future well-being of others is secured, the Bhopal survivors’ organizations and ICJB have the following demands for Union Carbide and Dow Chemical, the United States government, the Government of India, and the Government of Madhya Pradesh:
American Multinationals must:
- Union Carbide Corporation must cease to abscond from justice and answer, through its designated official, charges of manslaughter and grievous assault in the criminal case pending before the Bhopal District Court.
- Union Carbide and Dow Chemical must pay additional compensation as sought by the Government of India’s Curative Petition in the Supreme Court of India to pay for actual number of deaths and injuries caused by the gas disaster.
- Union Carbide and Dow Chemical must clean up of contaminated soil and ground water in and around the abandoned Union Carbide factory and pay for health monitoring of the affected population.
- Dow Chemical must respond to summons issued by the Bhopal District Court to appear before March 14, 2015 in the ongoing criminal case.
Government of USA must:
- Acknowledge and express regret for financing, through its EXIM Bank, the construction of the hazardously designed plant that caused the world’s worst industrial disaster.
- Acknowledge and express regret for rejecting requests by the Indian government for extradition of Warren Anderson, prime accused in the criminal case on the disaster.
- Extradite John McDonald, Secretary to answer charges of manslaughter and grievous assault in the Bhopal District Court.
Government of India must:
- In line with promises made by Mr. Ananth Kumar, Minister Chemicals & Fertilizers on November 14, 2014, pay additional compensation of Rs. One hundred thousand to those claimants who have been earlier paid only Rs. 25 thousand as compensation and were wrongfully denied additional compensation.
- In line with promises made by Mr. Ananth Kumar, Minister Chemicals & Fertilizers on November 14, 2014, revise the figures of Bhopal disaster related death and injury as presented in the Curative Petition before the Supreme Court of India on the basis of scientific facts and seek urgent hearing on the petition.
- Intervene in the US Federal Court in support of Bhopal victims of ground-water contamination seeking clean up of the Union Carbide factory area and its surroundings.
- Not allow Dow Chemical to make any investments in this country, directly or indirectly, till it accepts Union Carbide’s liabilities in Bhopal.
- Ensure that a comprehensive scientific assessment of the nature, depth and spread of contamination is carried out by a competent national or international agency for clean up and assessment of evironmental damage caused byUnion Carbide / Dow Chemical..
- Ensure that the prosecution agency, Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), makes the authorized representative of Union Carbide Corporation, Secretary, John McDonald appear before the Bhopal District Court in the pending criminal case on the disaster.
- Set up a special prosecution cell in the CBI and arrange for fast track courts for speedy prosecution of Keshub Mahindra and other Indian accused under enhanced criminal charges.
- Ensure that the Bhopal Memorial Hospital has full facilities for treatment of all diseases known to be associated with exposure to Union Carbide’s poisons.
- Ensure that the National Institute for Research in Environmental Health (NIREH) provides treatment protocols specific to exposure related health problems and carries out medical research that benefits the gas victims and those exposed to contaminated ground -water.
- Set up an Empowered Commission on Bhopal with adequate funds, authority and participation of survivors’ representatives for planning, implementation and monitoring medical, social, economic and environmental rehabilitation.
- Declare December 3 as a Day of Industrial Safety and include Bhopal Gas disaster in school and college text-books.
Government of Madhya Pradesh must:
- Intervene in the US Federal Court as the owner of the land of the Union Carbide factory site in support of Bhopal victims of ground water contamination seeking clean up of the factory area and its surrounding.
- Ensure that all hospitals run by the Bhopal Gas Tragedy Relief and Rehabilitation Department are adequately staffed, stock quality medicines, use standardized treatment protocols and offer free treatment to people exposed to contaminated ground water.
- Ensure that every person known to be disabled or turned destitute including widows as a result of the disaster receives a lifelong monthly pension of at least Rs. 1000/- as social support.
- Start providing rehabilitation and medical care to all children of gas and contaminated water exposed parents with congenital disabilities.
- Punish corrupt officials involved in misappropriation of Rs. 18 Crores in the work of economic rehabilitation.