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Bhopal gas survivor ask the environment minister Mr. Javdekar to take up the UNEP offer of comprehensive scientific assessment of the contamination and UC factory

Press Statement
24 February 2015

At a press conference today, five organisations working for the welfare of the survivors of the December ’84 Union Carbide disaster in Bhopal announced the possibility of a comprehensive scientific assessment of the contamination around the Union Carbide factory by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). The leaders of the organisations met with Mr. Prakash Javadekar, Minister of Environment, Forests & Climate Change during his recent visit to Bhopal for the discussion on the issue.

The organisations said that their supporters in the US had written to officials in UNEP for carrying out a scientific assessment on the depth and spread of different contaminants in and around the abandoned factory premises. In their response, UNEP officials mentioned that they would require a formal request from the Ministry of Environment and Forest, Government of India in order to consider the request.

The organisations stated that as per the 2012 report of the Indian Institute of Toxicology Research, soil and ground water of 22 communities within 3.5 kms of the factory was contaminated by the recklessly dumped hazardous wastes of Union Carbide. Recent tests indicate that the contamination has spread beyond these 22 communities.

The organisations said that according to the “polluter pays” principle, Union Carbide, USA that designed the waste management system in Bhopal, is legally liable for environmental remediation of the contaminated area. They said that Dow Chemical that took over Union Carbide USA, in 2001 is currently liable for the clean up based on the principle of successor liability. They said that the Government of India has sought Rs 350 crores from Dow Chemical as advance for cleanup in the ongoing litigation in the Madhya Pradesh High Court. They said that the actual amount of liability and the most appropriate strategy for remediation can be ascertained through the comprehensive scientific assessment.

The organisations said that UNEP with its long experience of environmental assessment and its independent status is the ideal organization to carry out the scientific assessment in Bhopal. According to the organisations Mr. Javadekar has promised a response on this matter within 15 days.

Rashida Bi,
Bhopal Gas Peedit Mahila Stationery Karmchari Sangh
94256 88215

Nawab Khan,
Bhopal Gas Peedit Mahila Purush Sangharsh Morcha
8718035409

Balkrishna Namdeo,
Bhopal Gas Peedit Nirashrit Pensionbhogi Sangharsh Morcha
9826345423

Satinath Sarangi, Rachna Dhingra,
Bhopal Group for Information and Action
9826167369

Safreen Khan,
Children Against Dow Carbide

Photo Credit: Giles Clarke/Reportage by Getty

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Bhopal gas survivor organisations congratulate AAP for defeating both BJP & Congress; who have betrayed the interests of gas victims

प्रेस विज्ञप्ति          12 फरवरी

दिसंबर ’84 यूनियन कार्बाइड के  गैस कांड के पीड़ितों के पाँच संगठनों ने आज नीलम पार्क में आयोजित एक कार्यक्रम में दिल्ली में आम आदमी पार्टी की जीत पर बधाई दी। संगठनों ने बताया कि गैस पीड़ित दिल्ली के  चुनाव के नतीजों से विशेष तौर पर खुश हैं  क्योंकि इसमें उनके साथ धोखा करने वाली दोनों भाजपा और कांग्रेस को ज़बर्दस्त शिकस्त मिली  है।

संगठनों ने कहा कि पिछले 30 सालों  में दोनों पार्टियों ने अमरीकी कम्पनियों के हितों की रक्षा की है और गैस पीड़ितों के कानूनी अधिकारों की बलि दी है। उन्होंने कहा कि अतिरिक्त मुआवज़े के सवाल पर केंद्रीय रसायन मंत्री द्वारा उनकी माँगें मानने के बाद भी आज तक कोई ठोस नतीजा नहीं आया है।

संगठनों ने इस बात पर भी तीखी नाराजगी जाहिर की प्रदेश के मुख्यमंत्री दिसंबर 2011 में हर गैस पीड़ित को 5 लाख मुआवजा दिलवाने का वादा करने के बाद, आज तक खामोश बैठे है ।  उन्होंने कहा की प्रदेश सरकार 10,000 गैस पीड़ितों को रोजगार देने का वादा किया था पर 18 करोड़ रूपए खर्च होने के बावजूद भी 500 से भी कम गैस पीड़ितों को रोजगार मिला है और इसका ज्यादातर पैसा प्रदेश सरकार के भ्रष्ट मंत्रियों और अधिकारियों की जेबों में गया है ।

संगठनों ने कहा कि दिल्ली के चुनाव ने यह स्पष्ट कर दिया है कि खोखले वादे  और झूठे आश्वासन देने वालों को जनता मुँह तोड़ जवाब देती है। मंत्रियों द्वारा अतिरिक्त मुआवज़े पर किए गए वादों को पूरा करवाने के लिए गैस पीड़ित पूरी ताकत से लड़ने की तैयारी कर रहे हैं।

Nawab Khan,
Bhopal Gas Peedit Mahila Purush Sangharsh Morcha
8718035409

Balkrishna Namdeo,
Bhopal Gas Peedit Nirashrit Pension Bhogi Sangharsh Morcha
9826345423

Satinath Sarangi, Rachna Dhingra,
Bhopal Group for Information and Action
9826167369

Safreen Khan
Children Against Dow Carbide
9303831487

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Bhopal gas survivor organisations congratulate AAP for defeating both BJP & Congress; who have betrayed the interests of gas victims

12 February 2015

At an event organized at Neelam Park today, five organizations of survivors of the December 84 Union Carbide disaster in Bhopal congratulated the Aam Aadami Party for their thumping victory in Delhi elections. The organizations said that gas victims of Bhopal are particularly happy with the outcome of the Delhi elections because both BJP and Congress who have betrayed the interests of gas victims have faced humiliating defeat.Inline image 2

The organisations said that in the last 30 years, both of these parties have only protected the interests of American corporations and have sacrificed the legal rights of the Bhopal gas victims. They also said that after agreeing to their demand regarding additional compensation, the Union Minister of Chemicals and Fertilizers is yet to deliver anything concrete.

The organisations are also angered by the silence of the Chief Minister, who in 2011 had promised to get Rs 5 lakh for every gas victims. They said the state government had promised jobs to 10,000 gas victims but till now only 500 have got jobs and most of the Rs 18 crores spent on economic rehabilitation has gone into the pockets of corrupt ministers and officials of the state government.

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The organisations said that Delhi election results have made it clear that people of this country give a befitting reply to hollow promises and false assurances of politicians.  They said that their members are now preparing to confront the powers that be at the state and the centre on the promises made on the issue of additional compensation.

Rashida Bi,
Bhopal Gas Peedit Mahila Stationery Karmchari Sangh
94256 88215

Nawab Khan,
Bhopal Gas Peedit Mahila Purush Sangharsh Morcha
8718035409

Balkrishna Namdeo,
Bhopal Gas Peedit Nirashrit Pension Bhogi Sangharsh Morcha
9826345423

Satinath Sarangi, Rachna Dhingra,
Bhopal Group for Information and Action
9826167369

Safreen Khan
Children Against Dow Carbide
9303831487

 

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Call for 2015/2016 Coordinating Committee Members

In this vital 30th anniversary year, ICJB North America is looking for Coordinating Committee (CC) members. As part of the CC, you will be responsible for helping develop the campaign in North America. Below are a list of the positions we are seeking:

Website Coordinator
Key tasks: updating website content, improve interface, sending out Low DOWns,
Experience: WordPress and CIVICRM knowledge is helpful but not necessary
Time commitment: 2-4 hours a week

Fundraising Coordinator
Key tasks: maintain donor relations, expand ICJB fundraising efforts, send annual donor mailing, hold at least 1 fundraising campaign (online or offline)
Experience: Fundraising background or similar
Time commitment: 2-4 hours a week

Education Coordinator
Key tasks: Continue development and execution of the Curriculum Package, Continue to build educational resources
Experience: Curriculum background an asset, passion for education
Time commitment: 2-4 hours a week

Community Relations Coordinator
Key tasks: Develop and maintain relationships with environmental justice, environmental and social justice groups in North America.
Experience: Awareness of like-minded groups in North America; Community relations experience
Time commitment: 2-4 hours a week

Communications Coordinator
Key tasks: Drafting Press Releases, Building relationships with journalists, supporting our online mailings and online communications
Experience: Previous media (including social media) experience
Time commitment: 2-4 hours a week

Dow Coordinator
Key tasks: Plan shareholder protest, Track Dow in the news
Experience: Previous experience in corporate accountability
Time commitment: 2-4 hours a week

To apply please email justice@bhopal.net with responses to the following:
1) Why are you interested in the position(s)?
2) What skills do you bring to the position(s)?
3) Do you have previous experience on Bhopal gas disaster and/or ICJB?

To nominate someone please email justice@bhopal.net with responses to the following:
1) The name and email address of who you are nominating
2) Why you are nominating them

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Remember Bhopal Museum – Moving Pictures

Where the Union Carbide factory stood three decades ago — about 2.5 km away on the same Berasia Road now — is a museum; a people’s museum, to be precise. The ‘Remember Bhopal’ museum is symbolically located inside the house of a survivor of the horrific night of December 2-3 in 1984. The double-storeyed building gets a constant stream of visitors, ever since the museum was inaugurated on December 2. Click here for the full story.

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Story by: Soma Basu of THE HINDU.

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