Make your voice count: Endorse the petition addressed to Chair of London 2012 Organizing Committee.
24 October 2011
Amnesty International writes to Chairman of LOCOG (Lord Sebestain Coe) and express serious concern on Dow Chemical as a sponsor to the Olympic Games.
MESSAGE FROM BHOPAL SURVIVORS TO THE OLYMPIAN COMMUNITY
We are organisations working among the survivors of the 1984 gas disaster. We are writing to seek your help in urging the International Olympic Committee to dissociate itself with The Dow Chemical Company – one of the key sponsors of the Olympics, including the 2012 London Olympics. Dow and its subsidiary Union Carbide Corporation have refused to own up to their liabilities in rehabilitating gas victims and cleaning up the toxic contamination left behind in the Bhopal site. More than 150,000 gas victims are chronically ill, and 50,000 or so are too sick to even work for a living. Till date, more than 25000 have died as a result of exposure to the poison gases. The toxic wastes that lie strewn in and around the factory has leaked its poisons into the groundwater. More than 25,000 people have consumed this toxic groundwater for years, and there are serious health effects among these communities.
Both companies have refused to submit themselves to the jurisdiction of Indian courts on various matters relating to the disaster and other environmental fallouts. Union Carbide has even been declared a fugitive from justice by the Indian courts. Dow and Union Carbide are directly responsible for the massive human tragedy that continues to unfold in Bhopal. Children of gas affected parents, and those of parents consuming contaminated water have severe and debilitating birth defects. The Olympic organisers could not have chosen a worse partner than Dow. The partnership goes against the spirit of the Olympic games, and violates its commitment to justice, peace and environmental sustainability.
We request you to take a moment to read and Endorse this Petition which will be sent to the Olympic organisers and other concerned people.
To read the letter and petition in Hindi, click here
You can email your endorsements to firstname.lastname@example.org or you can post them at : ICJB, 44 Sant Kanwar Ram Nagar, Berasia Road, Bhopal, MP-462001; Contact: 9826167369
|Rashida Bi,Bhopal Gas Peedit Mahila Stationery Karmchari Sangh||Nawab Khan,Bhopal Gas Peedit Mahila Purush Sangharsh Morcha||Balkrishna Namdeo,Bhopal Gas Peedit Nirashrit Pension Bhogi Sangharsh Morcha||Satinath Sarangi, Rachna Dhingra,Bhopal Group for Information and Action||Safreen KhanChildren Against Dow Carbide|
BHOPAL SURVIVORS WRITE TO PRIME MINISTER AND PRESIDENT OF INDIAN OLYMPIC ASSOCIATION
The news that DOW Chemical will be branding and wrapping the London Olympic Stadium is disappointing yet sadly, unsurprising. The LOCOG (London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games who claim to be committed to sustainability, are willing to partner with Dow brings shame on the UK and yet again, on the Olympic Games and irrevocably demonstrates the ongoing influence of the multinational superpowers in global affairs.
Olympics are an event to promote peace. But, Union Carbide and Dow’s products are used in humankind’s war against people and nature. The International Olympic Committee could not have chosen a worse partner to promote its charter.
Want to know more about Dow Chemical’s Outstanding liabilities in Bhopal (Read More)
Bhopal Survivors write to PM asking him to write to UK government and LOCOG to reconsider their association with Dow Chemical Company, USA for London Olympics. (Click here to read the letter)
Bhopal Survivors write to the President of Indian Olympic Association asking him to write to International Olympic Association asking them to reconsider its association with Dow Olympics. (Click here to read the letter)