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”

39th Anniversary: Survivors Demand Compensation, Commission on Bhopal and Punishment For the Guilty Corporations

Press Statement
02 December 2023

Hundreds of members of five organizations of survivors of the Union Carbide gas disaster in Bhopal today marched with torches to honour those killed by the disaster. The torchlight procession ended at the foot of the statue of the Mother, a memorial built opposite the abandoned pesticide factory. The leaders of the organizations presented their demands amid chants of “Mourn for the Dead Fight for the Living.”

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On the 39th Anniversary, Survivor Orgs Condemn Attempts of Dept of Gas Relief to close down the Dept.

Press Conference
November 30, 2023

Addressing a press conference on the occasion of the 39th Anniversary of the Union Carbide disaster in Bhopal, leaders of five survivors’ organizations celebrated their recent victory in making Dow Chemical appear in the Bhopal court. The leaders strongly condemned attempts by the Minister and officials of the Department of Bhopal Gas Tragedy Relief & Rehabilitation to close down the department. The organizations congratulated the artists and makers of the series “The Railwaymen” for a powerful telling of the story of the disaster and its aftermath.

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Dow lawyers fill Bhopal court in criminal liability case, Railway Men series still being written, says Bhopal group

Press Statement, Bhopal, November 25.

In the court of Judicial Magistrate First Class (JMFC), Vidhan Maheshwari, a group of 10 lawyers appeared today on behalf of Dow Chemical to deny that, by this appearance, Dow was accepting the jurisdiction of the court.

The criminal proceedings, from which Carbide has been a proclaimed absconder for 31 years, concern the culpable homicide of thousands arising from Dow subsidiary Union Carbide’s 1984 gas disaster in Bhopal.

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Dow ‘appears’ in Bhopal criminal court after two decade delay

Press Statement
3 October 2023

Today, the authorised representative of Dow Chemical USA, Ms. Amy Wilson has filed a so-called partial appearance before the court of Hon. VII CIVIL JUDGE-I Vidhan Maheshwari through its lawyers. Dow filed a one page memo stating that Bhopal Court does not have jurisdiction over the corporation as it is an American corporation and it sought more time from the court.

The Hon’ble Judge also listened to the argument of the lawyer of Bhopal Group for Information & Action, Mr. Avi Singh who stated that under criminal jurisprudence there is no such thing as ‘partial appearance’. He further added that if Dow is not challenging the summons of the Bhopal District court then it cannot enter into partial appearance and if the Authorised Representative does not appear in person then the court has the power to issue a bailable warrant and/or proceed to hear the application in absentia of Dow Chemical.

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Survivor Orgs Celebrate as Bhopal Court’s Summon is Served Upon Dow, Demand CBI to Ensure Speedy Prosecution

Press Conference
October 2, 2023

At a Press Conference today, four organizations of the survivors of the Union Carbide disaster celebrated their success in having the summons of the Bhopal District Court served upon The Dow Chemical Company in the criminal case arising out of the December 1984 gas disaster. They demanded that the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) ensure speedy prosecution of the US corporation, that owns Union Carbide, for exemplary punishment for sheltering a fugitive from justice for the last 22 years.

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