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Our Demands on the 30th Anniversary

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

roadmap final june 2014 copyIn 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:

  1. Union Carbide / Dow Chemical must pay a minimum of  8 thousand US dollars to each Bhopal survivor as additional compensation for personal injuries as claimed in the Supreme Court of India.
  2. Union Carbide / Dow Chemical must pay for the clean-up of the soil and groundwater up to international standards.
  3.  Union Carbide / Dow Chemical must pay compensation for health and environmental damage caused by contamination of soil and groundwater.
  4. Dow Chemical must respond to summons issued by the Bhopal District Court to appear before November 13, 2019 in the ongoing criminal case.

Government of USA must:

  1. The US government must serve the summons from the Bhopal District Court upon Dow Chemical without delay
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

Government of India must:

  1. The Indian government must make  Union Carbide / Dow Chemical pay compensation for health and environmental damage caused by contamination of soil and groundwater.
  2. The Indian government must ensure that the criminal trial of accused Indian corporate executives is concluded within the next six months.
  3. Indian government must ensure comprehensive scientific assessment of the depth, spread and nature of soil and groundwater contamination in an around the abandoned pesticide factory.
  4. The Indian government must ensure that standardized treatment protocols are developed for gas exposure related chronic diseases. The Indian government must establish a population based registry for all deaths, births and congenital malformations in  the gas exposed families.  The Indian government must ensure that NIREH (National Institute for Research on Environmental Health ) fulfil its commitment to the Bhopal survivors by generating scientific information on the long term health damage by the gas disaster and most effective means of ameliorating them.
  5. The Indian and MP state governments must ensure that a monthly pension of Rs. 3000/- is paid to all women widowed by the disaster and all those left without means to support themselves as a consequence of gas exposure.
  6. Not allow Dow Chemical to make any investments in this country, directly or indirectly, till it accepts Union Carbide’s liabilities in Bhopal.

Government of Madhya Pradesh must:

  1. 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.
  2. 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. 3000/- as social support.
  3. Start providing rehabilitation and medical care to all children of gas and contaminated water exposed parents with congenital disabilities.
  4. Punish corrupt officials involved in misappropriation of Rs. 18 Crores in the work of economic rehabilitation.

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Dharna Demands

Demands of July 2010 Dharna in Delhi

1.  Compensation
1a. Provide equal compensation to all officially acknowledged claimants.
1b. Review death claims for which compensation was wrongfully denied and include exposure related deaths after 1997.
1c. Demand adequate compensation from Union Carbide Corporation, USA by filing Curative Petition against the settlement orders of 1989 and 1991.

2. Medical Care & Rehabilitation
2a. Set up Empowered Commission for long term medical care of survivors of the disaster and those exposed to contaminated ground water and the children of these exposed persons.
2b. People exposed to contaminated water must immediately receive facilities for free medical care at hospitals meant for survivors of the gas disaster.
2c. Ensure participation of survivors’ organizations in the running of the Bhopal Memorial Hospital & Research Centre.

3. Legal Action
3a. Take legal action against Dow Chemical Company, USA’s Indian subsidiaries so as to make it pay for clean up of toxic contamination and for health and environmental damages.
3b.  Government of India must participate in the ongoing litigation on the issue of contamination against Union Carbide and Warren Anderson in the US Federal Court in New York
3c. Central and all state governments must stop purchasing products made by Union Carbide, Dow Chemicals and Eveready Industries India Ltd.
3d. Extradite authorized representatives of Union Carbide Corporation, USA, Union Carbide Asia, Hong Kong and Union Carbide Asia Pacific, Hong Kong who are absconding from the criminal case along with Warren Anderson.

4. Site Remediation & Memorial
4a. Ensure proper assessment of depth and spread of contamination with financial and technical assistance offered by the European Union.
4b. Scrap plans of incineration of Union Carbide’s hazardous waste in India.
4c. Scrap plans of dismantling the plant structures. Instead conserve it as part of a memorial to the disaster. Include material on the Bhopal gas disaster in school and college text books.

 

Syed M Irfan
Bhopal Gas Peedit Mahila Purush Sangharsh Morcha Mob. 9329026319

Rashida Bee, Champa Devi Shukla
Bhopal Gas Peedit Mahila Stationery Karmchari Sangh Mob. 9425688215

Balkrishna Namdeo
Bhopal Gas Peedit Nirashrit Pension Bhogi Sangharsh Morcha Mob. 9826345423

Safreen Khan
Children Against Dow-Carbide Mob. 9826994797

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

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Demands of the July 2010 dharna in Delhi

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1 Compensation
1a. Provide equal compensation to all officially acknowledged claimants.

1b. Review death claims for which compensation was wrongfully denied and include exposure related deaths after 1997.

1c. Demand adequate compensation from Union Carbide Corporation, USA by filing Curative Petition against the settlement orders of 1989 and 1991.

2 Medical Care & Rehabilitation
2a. Set up Empowered Commission for long term medical care of survivors of the disaster and those exposed to contaminated ground water and the children of these exposed persons.

2b. People exposed to contaminated water must immediately receive facilities for free medical care at hospitals meant for survivors of the gas disaster.

2c. Ensure participation of survivors’ organizations in the running of the Bhopal Memorial Hospital & Research Centre.

3 Legal Action
3a. Take legal action against Dow Chemical Company, USA’s Indian subsidiaries so as to make it pay for clean up of toxic contamination and for health and environmental damages.

3b. Government of India must participate in the ongoing litigation on the issue of contamination against Union Carbide and Warren Anderson in the US Federal Court in New York

3c. Central and all state governments must stop purchasing products made by Union Carbide, Dow Chemicals and Eveready Industries India Ltd.

3d. Extradite authorized representatives of Union Carbide Corporation, USA, Union Carbide Asia, Hong Kong and Union Carbide Asia Pacific, Hong Kong who are absconding from the criminal case along with Warren Anderson.

4 Site Remediation & Memorial
4a. Ensure proper assessment of depth and spread of contamination with financial and technical assistance offered by the European Union.

4b. Scrap plans of incineration of Union Carbide’s hazardous waste in India.

4c. Scrap plans of dismantling the plant structures. Instead conserve it as part of a memorial to the disaster. Include material on the Bhopal gas disaster in school and college text books.

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