December 10, 2011 Press Statement
On the occasion of International Human Rights Day hundreds of survivors of the Union Carbide disaster in Bhopal marched to the Raj Bhavan, the residence of the Governor of the state, calling for protection against violation of their Human Rights. The five organisations leading the rally said that they were demanding the Governor’s intervention to stop the revictimisation and abuse of human rights of the survivors due to ongoing police atrocities.
The organizations launched a music CD that narrates the human rights abuse suffered by the victims of the Bhopal disaster at central library grounds at the starting point of the rally.
Representatives of the organizations presented a memorandum containing six demands for protection of the human rights of the survivors. They demanded immediate setting up of impartial and independent investigation in to the incident of violence on the 27th anniversary of the disaster and called for withdrawal of criminal cases against 1500 to 2000 gas victims including charges of murderous assault leveled against Mr. Balkrishna Namdeo and others.
The organizations also demanded immediate stoppage of intimidation, illegal detentions and custodial beatings carried out by the police in Barkhedi – Aishbag area.
In a separate Letter to the Chief Minister , the organizations have demanded that the CM keep his promise of correction of figures of deaths and injuries caused by the disaster in the soon to be heard curative petition for compensation in the Supreme Court of India.
Rashida Bee, Bhopal Gas Peedit Mahila Stationery Karmachari Sangh, 94256 88215
Nawab Khan,Bhopal Gas Peedit Mahila Purush Sangharsh Morcha, 9302792493
Rampyari Bai, Bhopal Gas Peedit Nirashrit Pension Bhogi Sangharsh Morcha
Satinath Sarangi, Rachna Dhingra, Bhopal Group for Information and Action, 9826167369
Safreen Khan, Children Against Dow Carbide