Category Archives: ICJB Press Releases, Statements, Letters

All press releases, statements, and open letters released by ICJB. Posts are tagged with main topic of release, such as “legal,” “medical,” or “anniversary”

Government of Madhya Pradesh & Govt of India are misleading the Supreme Court by not presenting the correct figures of deaths and injuries caused as a result of the disaster

Press Conference

14 March 2019

At a press conference today, leaders of four organisations of survivors of the Bhopal gas disaster called upon central and state governments to revise the figures of death and illness caused by the disaster before the Curative petition for additional compensation is heard by the Supreme Court next month. The leaders said that representatives of both BJP and the INC have promised Rs. 5 lakhs as compensation for each Bhopal victim but this promise can not be fulfilled unless the governments they run at the centre and the state respectively present correct figures of deaths and illnesses before the apex court.

“In December last year we requested the Prime Minister  to direct the Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilisers, the nodal ministry on the Bhopal disaster, to amend the Curative petition so as to  present figures of death and illnesses  in accordance with scientific facts and official records.” said Rashida Bee, president of Bhopal Gas Peedit Mahila Stationery Karmchari Sangh. She said that so far they have not received an acknowledgement from the PMO, let alone a reply to their letter.

Nawab Khan, president of the Bhopal Gas Peedit Mahila Purush Sangharsh Morcha narrated a similar experience with the letter the four organisations wrote to the Chief Secretary of the state government in January this year. “In our letter we listed out the documentary evidence that points to deliberate attempts by the state government to mislead the Supreme Court on the matter of deaths and illnesses caused due to exposure to methyl isocyanate gas in December 1984. We requested him to direct the Department of Bhopal Gas Tragedy Relief & Rehabilitation to provide correct figures of deaths and illness from official reports and hospital records. But he has neither acknowledged receiving the letter nor sent a reply so far.”

“In January we also wrote to the Minister of Bhopal Gas Tragedy Relief & Rehabilitation not only to obtain correct figures of death and injuries but also to communicate these revised figures to the Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilisers. We have not heard from him yet. His continued silence on this matter is particularly intriguing because he claims he consistently raised the matter of Rs. 5 lakhs compensation to each Bhopal victim in the legislative assembly while he was in the opposition.” said Rachna Dhingra of the Bhopal Group for Information and Action.

Nausheen Khan of Children Against Dow Carbide said “It is indeed very frustrating to correspond with insensitive officials running apathetic governments. Personal meetings are no better. We sought an appointment with the Chief Minister when he met him briefly on February 20th and 27th at his residence and all we have got so far are empty assurances.”

Rashida Bi, Nawab Khan, Rachna Dhingra,

Satinath Sarangi

Nousheen Khan
Bhopal Gas Peedit Mahila Stationery Karmchari Sangh

9425688215

Bhopal Gas Peedit Mahila Purush Sangharsh Morcha

9165347881

Bhopal Group for Information and Action

9826167369

Children Against Dow Carbide

971397567

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Survivors Expect the Minister of Bhopal Gas Relief to Follow Up on His Election Campaign Promises

Press Release

February 25, 2019

At a Press Conference today leaders of four organizations of the survivors of the Union Carbide disaster in Bhopal announced that they will be waiting tomorrow at Neelam Park for the Minister of Bhopal Gas Relief to meet with them. They expect that the Minister will speak on the issue of Rs. 5 lakhs as compensation for the gas disaster to each survivor, while addressing over 1000 survivors who will await his arrival from 11 AM to 5 PM at Neelam Park as part of their “Intezaar-E-Insaf” (Waiting for Justice) programme.

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34 Years After the Union Carbide Disaster: Contamination Spreading, Miserable Condition of Healthcare, Corruption in Rehabilitation Funds & Guilty Corporations Protected by our Governments

Press Conference

December 2, 2018

Addressing a Press Conference on the occasion of the 34th Anniversary of the Union Carbide disaster in Bhopal, leaders of four survivors’ organisations said that the Indian government is protecting the criminal corporations with more zeal and being more indifferent towards the victims, ever since Mr. Modi became the Prime Minister.

The organisations said that Mr. Modi’s special relationship with Dow Chemical, Union Carbide’s owner, is known since he was the Chief Minister of Gujarat where Dow tried to set up a joint venture with Gujarat Chemicals and Alkalis in 2008. As the Prime Minister, Modi is known to have invited Dow Chemical’s CEO to a special dinner and photo-op during one of his visits to US in 2015.

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Sambhavna Trust Clinic Releases Report on Status of Health & Healthcare in Gas Exposed and Unexposed Populations

The Sambhavna Trust Clinic in Bhopal, on Saturday 1st December 2018 released an important and explosive report on the status of health and healthcare of the gas affected people in comparison to the unexposed population. The report is based on a study conducted between 2015 and 2017 by the trust,  carried out in a sample population that included those directly exposed to gas in 1984 and those exposed in the wombs of the exposed mothers.

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Survivors’ Organizations Charge Gas Tragedy Minister Vishwas Sarang of Deliberate Inaction

Press Conference

November 22, 2018

Leaders of four organizations of survivors of the Union Carbide disaster in Bhopal today charged Minister of Bhopal Gas Tragedy Relief & Rehabilitation, Vishwas Sarang of deliberate inaction on the issue of criminal liability of Union Carbide Corporation. The organizations said that despite their urgent request, the Minister has not taken a single step in the last eight months, to prevent Union Carbide Corporation from escaping criminal liability for the gas disaster of December 1984.

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