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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.
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.
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.
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.
(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.