January 13, 2017
Leaders of five organizations of survivors of the Union Carbide disaster in Bhopal today welcomed the decision of the Chief Judicial Magistrate to summon The Dow Chemical Company (TDCC) through email. The order came as part of the proceedings against Dow Chemical to make Union Carbide Corporation, USA, its wholly owned subsidiary, appear in the ongoing criminal case on the disaster of 1984 which has killed over 25000 people.
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December 3, 2016
Hundreds of survivors of the World’s worst industrial disaster on December 3, 1984 in Bhopal, India marched today in a rally from the city centre to the pesticide factory of the American multinational Union Carbide. The marchers held banners, chanted slogans and at the end of the rally, set fire to the logos of Union Carbide and its current owner Dow Chemical along with the US flag.
Leaders of five survivors’ organizations who jointly organized the rally, called upon the governments of USA, India and Madhya Pradesh state to stop sheltering and colluding with the corporations and ensure justice and a life of dignity for the half million survivors.
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December 2, 2016
On the occasion of the 32nd Anniversary of the Union Carbide disaster in Bhopal, hundreds of survivors marched with flaming torches to the memorial statue of the gas affected mother opposite the Union Carbide factory. They paid homage to those killed by the disaster at the end of the rally. Residents of the communities next to the Union Carbide factory where the ground water is contaminated by hazardous chemical waste were also part of the march.
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November 30, 2016
With the 32nd Anniversary of the World’s worst industrial disaster on December 3rd, five organisations of survivors of the Union Carbide disaster in Bhopal jointly addressed a Press Conference today. They said that the disaster is still ongoing and the generations born after the disaster are also marked by the poisons that leaked from the American multinational’s pesticide factory. The organisations said that the factory abandoned by the corporation is still killing and maiming people due to poisoning of groundwater from reckless dumping of toxic waste during its 14 years of operation prior to the disaster.
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13 August 2016
Survivors of the Union Carbide disaster in Bhopal today burned effigy of US President, Barrack Obama for continuing to shield Dow Chemical Company from the ongoing criminal proceedings on the disaster in the Bhopal District Court. Leaders of survivors’ organizations expressed outrage at the White House’s recent response to a petition signed by well over 125,000 signatories calling for the US Department of Justice to serve the Bhopal court’s notice on Dow Chemical.
Supporters of the Bhopal survivors will be holding actions outside American consulates in India demanding that the US government stop protecting Dow Chemical. Supporters will also send out tweets @POTUS and @PMOindia asking them to make Dow Chemical appear in its hearing on 19th August in the Bhopal Court.
“The White House has said that asking the US Department of Justice to serve notice on Dow Chemical would be exercising “undue influence”. This is extreme duplicity. How can asking the Department to follow the terms of the treaty between India and US be improper?” said Balkrishna Namdeo, president of the Bhopal Gas Peedit Nirashrit Pensionbhogi Sangharsh Morcha.
Nawab Khan of the Bhopal Gas Peedit Mahila Purush Sangharsh Morcha said “The US government’s refusal to follow its treaty with India under the pretext of not using undue influence is heavy with irony. There is documentary evidence of the US government using undue influence to help Union Carbide set up the killer factory in Bhopal and to protect its chairman Warren Anderson from criminal proceedings in the Bhopal court.”
“We are shocked that the Indian government and particularly the Indian home ministry that sent the Bhopal court’s notice to the US Department of Justice has chosen to remain quiet about the repeated violation of the 25 year old Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty (MLAT) between India and US” said Rachna Dhingra of the Bhopal Group for Information and Action.
She said that the organizations have sent letters to the PMO and the Home Minister demanding that the Indian government refuse to honour requests from the US Department of Justice under MLAT till it serves the Bhopal District Court’s notice on Dow Chemical.
Safreen Khan of Children Against Dow-Carbide said “President Obama vowed to kick the ass of a British corporation for the oil spill disaster in Gulf of Mexico but when it comes to an American corporation he seems to be kissing instead of kicking”.
||Satinath Sarangi, Rachna Dhingra,
|Bhopal Gas Peedit Mahila Purush Sangharsh Morcha
||Bhopal Gas Peedit Nirashrit Pensionbhogi Sangharsh Morcha
||Bhopal Group for Information and Action
||Children Against Dow Carbide
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