ICJB Campaigns


Warren Anderson, Chairman of Union Carbide Corporation at the time of the 1984 gas disaster in Bhopal is summoned along with UCC to appear before a court in Bhopal to face criminal charges of culpable homicide. Since 1992 he and the corporation have been refusing to appear and have been declared "absconders from justice". A non-bailable warrant has been issued for his arrest. Belated efforts by the Government of India to extradite him from the US has been rejected by the US State Department.



Warren Anderson hotline, email sightings to editor@bhopal.net



Whack Dow With A Broom!

This glorious idea was devised in 2002 by the women survivors of Bhopal's bastis, caused major embarrassment to Dow executives around the globe. CEO Michael Parker was jhadoo'd at a prestigious luncheon. Dow's European CEO fled from the broom of Champa Devi. Mysterious beings turned up in remote Kings Lynn, Norfolk, England. All were demanding that Dow accept responsibility for Bhopal.


Some jhadoo pages:

Say it with jhadoos! The campaign launch
The Universal Language of Jhadoo: Champa & Hira in South India
Jhadoo Games at Sambhavna's Six-Year celebrations
Mythological beings descend on King's Lynn



Highly toxic chemicals abandoned by Union Carbide at its derelict factory have leaked into soil and groundwater. Cancer- and birth-defect causing chemicals have been found in drinking wells and women in nearby communities have poisons in their breast milk. We have campaigned for clean water to be supplied to these communities.



In 1989 after an out-of-court settlement with the Government of India, in which survivors were not consulted, Union Carbide paid $470 million in "compensation". Not all this money was given to the victims. For 15 years around half the sum was held without explanation in the Reserve Bank of India while politicians and the company devised all kinds of potential uses for it, including turning the death factory into an amusement park! Dow Chemical, Carbide's new owners, suggested the money should be used to clean up the factory. The ICJB has campaigned for these funds to be released to survivors, to whom it belongs.



The picture at left shows lumps of solid carbaryl fallen from a rotten tank and lying in the open air. They are leaking a dense tar into the ground. Elsewhere in factory thousands of sacks of pesticides lie in falling apart warehouses. Drums of Sevin tar stand exposed to the elements. The monsoons of two decades have washed them deep into the soil and polluted the underground acquifer from which 20,000 of Bhopal's citizens pump their water.



An account of the chemicals lying at the factory



Is carried out by the Bhopal Medical Appeal, which is administered by ICJB member PAN-UK. The BMA funds the Sambhavna Trust Clinic in Bhopal, which provides free medical care to people affected by gas- and water- poisoning. The clinic offers modern allopathic medicine in combination with herbal treatments, massage and yoga. All consultations, treatments and medicines are free. The clinic's work has expanded rapidly and a new clinic building, set in a medicinal herb garden, is due to open on 3rd December 2004, the 20th Anniversary of the disaster.



For more information about the work of the Bhopal Medical Appeal and the Sambhavna Trust Clinic, please visit www.bhopal.org.



The ICJB is working to build alliances between groups all over the world which are struggling against rogue corporations and governments. The alliance finds expression in a series of Global Days of Action in which all the groups come together to support one another's causes. A resource-pack containing materials for producing websites and printed materials will shortly be available. The picture (left) shows staff of the Sambhavna Clinic in Bhopal at a vigil for solidarity with Vietnamese victims of Dow's agent orange.