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Survivors and our dedicated campaign volunteers around the globe regularly reflect on the fight for justice in Bhopal and our experiences with Dow Chemical.

Thank You to Our Indiegogo Donors!

Thank you to the 70 people who donated to the Indiegogo campaign to raise money to finish upgrading Bhopal.net!

Your support has ensured that Bhopal.net will be ready for the 30th anniversary in December as well as continue to be the go-to site for information on the disaster and our relentless campaign for justice.

 

Special thanks to:

Anonymous donors (many!) – Aaron Tovo – Alec – Alka Roy – Arvind Rajagopal – Brandon Lanich – Brian Crumrine – Brian Mooney – Bridget C Hanna – Bryan and Kelsee Lanich – Caitlin Corbett – Carolyn Oppenheim – Cathy Perlmutter – Douglas Hanna – Dr. Bhagat – Ellen Shifrin – Emily Canning – Fred Blouin – Heather Pipino – Hilary Jules – James Galbraith – Jesse Colman-McGill – Jon Chessum – Karen and Dave Costa – Kate Turpin – Kristen Smith – Lauren Corman – Leonid Chindelevitch – Maria Stalford – Neil Maybin – Prem – Raghav Kaushik and Priya Raghav – Rajyashree Reddy – Sandhya Banda -S + H Construction – Stephan Shaw and Sunita Viswanath – Suma Mondal – Suzanne Curry – Tim Mattson and Carmela Cirilli Mattson -Tony Millard – Valerie Costa – Vanessa Freeman – Vicky Cann – Yogesh Simmhan

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Important Legal Developments

As you may be be aware, Dow Chemical/ Union Carbide are still embroiled in a number of legal cases surrounding the Bhopal Disaster. Dow chooses to maintain that a ‘full and final settlement’ was made, back in 1989, but that is simply not true and there have now been important developments in two of the outstanding cases.

Curative Petition

A ‘curative petition’ will be heard in India’s Supreme Court. It aims to address inadequacies within the 1989 civil settlement (U.S. $470 million) and a hearing date has been set for September 2nd 2014. </br></br>

The Indian government is seeking an additional amount of up to $1.24billion, based on higher figures for the dead and injured, but the Bhopal survivors groups are quoting the Government of India’s own previously published numbers, which are considerably higher, and would raise the required settlement amount to $8.1billion.

Criminal Case
Union Carbide (US) has never answered the criminal charges outstanding against it. The charges are very serious, being of ‘culpable homicide’. Since the 2001 takeover, Dow Chemical has been refusing to present Union Carbide to the courts. The Chief Judicial Magistrate in Bhopal has now issued a summons to Dow Chemical requiring it to explain why Union Carbide has repeatedly ignored its own summons to the criminal court.

We hope that the summons will be accepted, in the very near future, and, if so, this court hearing might take place within the next three months.

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US Environmental Justice Activist Diane Wilson Remembers Her Time in Bhopal

There’s a lot of people who are disturbed about the picture of the young child on my Facebook profile.I am writing this, on the eve of April 28, International Workers Memorial Day, to explain why I keep that picture as my profile photo and also why Bhopal should never be forgotten: Continue reading US Environmental Justice Activist Diane Wilson Remembers Her Time in Bhopal

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Amnesty International’s Get On the Bus Action for Bhopal

On Friday April 11th 2014 over 400 activists in New York City as part of Amnesty International’s annual ‘Get on the Bus for Human Rights’ action.  The event draws mostly high school students from across the North East region of the US to day of action at strategic targets in the city. This year the Bhopal was one of the four main actions.

Survivor activist Sanjay Verma kicked the day off addressing the packed audience at New York City’s Cooper Union where he highlighted the role of the US corporation Dow Chemical and the US government in the disaster. Dow Corporation refuses to cooperate with the Indian legal proceedings while the US government is actively pressurizing the Indian government to soft pedal the issue.

Mr. Verma also outlined pressing needs in Bhopal – immediate assessment of extent and severity of soil and water contamination; and economic and medical relief and rehabilitation. Noting that the lack of justice in Bhopal and the ongoing contamination and exposure constitute a large scale human rights crisis, Mr. Verma said that the time has come for the UN to take a more pro-active role in this issue echoing Amnesty International’s letter to UN agencies.

For many students, this was their first exposure to the Bhopal campaign and some were surprised at the scale of the ongoing disaster and the role of the US corporation. Following this public address students marched to the targets in NYC which included the Permanent Indian Mission to the UN. For about half an hour hundreds of students raised slogans against Dow Chemical and the Indian government urging them to take immediate action. Many students from Amnesty chapters also expressed interest in being part of the international campaign and invited ICJB organizers to engage them with the issue in the future.

Bhopal has been a long standing priority issue for Amnesty International which has issued numerous strong statements in support of the campaign. Inclusion on Bhopal as a main action in the 30th anniversary year has sparked a new interest in the Amnesty high school and college organizers and students  – and may signal a new wave of collaboration of this high profile international group and Bhopal supporters worldwide to bring renewed focus on the issue of justice in Bhopal.

Photos by Mickey Z

Photos by Giles Clarke

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United Nations Campaign Launch

On the occasion of the United Nations Social Justice Day (February 20th), ICJB has launched our United Nations Campaign. The Bhopal gas disaster has reached its 30th year, and has gotten significantly worse for the affected communities.                  

We ask:

(1) Why has the United Nations been silent on the ongoing plight of the victims of the Bhopal gas disaster?

(2) Why has it chosen to partner with the Dow Chemical Company, which in purchasing the Union Carbide Corporation (UCC), has inherited the legal liabilities of the Bhopal gas disaster?

Finally, we ask that UN agencies be involved in easing the plight of survivors, and specifically, we seek technical assistance from UNEP for the scientific assessment of the contamination of soil and groundwater in and around Union Carbide’s abandoned factory in Bhopal, India.

Friends of ICJB delivered a letter (read here) on February 20th to the United Nations headquarters in New Delhi and New York. We invite you to join our campaign by asking the United Nations (via twitter, facebook, e-mail) to take action on the Bhopal gas disaster. 

Read Press Statement. Read Digital Journal’s Article on ICJB’s UN Campaign Launch.

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