The International Campaign for Justice in Bhopal


The International Campaign for Justice in Bhopal (ICJB) is an umbrella organisation of all the groups who have joined forces to campaign for justice for the gas survivors of Bhopal. The ICJB is spearheaded by survivors (the Bhopal Gas Peedit Mahila Stationery Karmachari Sangh) and long-time supporters like the Bhopal Group for Information & Action, both Bhopal-based, and both plaintiffs in the ongoing Class Action suit in New York.

International members include Greenpeace, Corpwatch, Essential Action and the Pesticide Action Network in the USA and UK. A full list appears below.

For more information about our work, or if you would like your organisation to be affiliated with the International Campaign for Justice in Bhopal, please email us.

This website

Bhopal.Net is a project of the UK Campaign for Justice in Bhopal and exists actively to champion, promote and facilitate the aims of the ICJB (see below).

The website has a policy of editorial independence, therefore materials published here cannot be assumed to be endorsed, or even approved of, by other members of the ICJB. It is a wholly volunteer effort, nobody involved is paid for their work. We are currently looking for people to submit news, articles, features and gossip, preferably Bhopal-related, and are particularly keen to have Hindi and Urdu contributions from individuals and media in Bhopal. If you have a contribution or suggestion for the website please use this email address.

Bhopal.Net is regularly monitored by the BBC and other key news organisations around the world and provides them (and you) with a source of news and information that is unusually close to the ground.

Media contacts

India

ICJB secretariat
+91 (0) 755 273 0914

USA & the Americas

Gary Cohen
+1 617-524-6018

Africa

Bobby Peek

Japan

Tani Yochi

UK & Europe

Tim Edwards
+44 (0)1273 694913

UK Campaign for Justice in Bhopal

 

ICJB aims

VIS A VIS THE 1984 TOXIC GAS RELEASE

To bring Union Carbide (now 100% owned by Dow Chemical) and its ex-CEO Warren Anderson to the Court from which they have been absconding since 1992

Specifically, to campaign for the immediate extradition of Warren Anderson to stand trial in Bhopal

To have Dow Chemical (which acquired UCC's liabilities as well as its assets) named to stand trial in Bhopal in place of its absconding wholly owned subsidiary

To compel Dow Chemical to pay just compensation to the gas-victims, who have had to struggle against injury and illness for 18 years on compensation that barely provides one cup of tea a day

To force Dow Chemical to provide for proper research, monitoring and long term medical care of the victims, including those born after the disaster who are found to have been affected

And to release the medical information on the leaked gases withheld by UCC, as a "trade secret"

VIS A VIS THE ONGOING POLLUTION OF SOIL AND DRINKING WATER

To hold Dow Chemical liable for Union Carbide's undischarged responsibilities in Bhopal

To force Dow to pay for the clean-up, to the highest applicable world standards, of the contaminated Union Carbide factory site in Bhopal (Greenpeace has prepared guidelines)

Specifically, to force Dow Chemical to pay not just for removing and safely disposing of the thousands of tons of toxins abandoned by Union Carbide within the site, but for the clean-up of surrounding land, of ground water, and of local drinking water supplies, which have become contaminated by chemicals leaking from the factory

To make Dow pay just and adequate compensation to those whose health and livelihoods have been affected by the poisoning of land and water by its subsidiary's abandoned factory

To compel Dow Chemical to provide for research, monitoring and adequate long term medical care of the victims, including any as yet unborn who may subsequently be found to have been affected by the poisoning of land and water

To compel Dow Chemical to provide clean, safe drinking water for communities whose water supplies have been polluted

ICJB Members

Association for India's Development [AID] Austin, Ann Arbor, Bay Area, College Park & Milwaukee, USA Environmental Health Watch, USA

Bhopal Resource Center, USA Greenpeace International
Bhopal Gas Peedit Mahila Stationary Karmachari Sangh, Bhopal, India Groundwork, South Africa
   
Bhopal Group for Information and Action, Bhopal, India la Campagna italiana per la giustizia a Bhopal
Bhopal Information Network, Japan la Campagne française pour la justice à Bhopal
Calhoun Country Resource Watch, Texas, USA National Campaign for Justice in Bhopal, India
Center for Health and Environment, USA Pesticide Action Network, North America
Corpwatch, India Pesticide Action Network, UK
Essential Action, USA Students for Bhopal, USA
Ecology Center of Michigan, USA The Other Media, India
Environmental Health Fund, USA UK Campaign for Justice in Bhopal

How to join the ICJB

If your organization supports ICJB’s demands and believes in the following principles (and has no association with the Dow Chemical Company or its subsidiaries), you can become a member of the Coalition:

1. The ‘Polluter Pays’ Principle—the idea that those responsible for polluting the environment and endangering our health should also be held responsible for cleaning up that pollution and preserving our health.

2. The “Right to Know”—people should have easy access to information about potential or current threats to the quality of the environment and their lives.

3. International Liability—CEOs and Corporations should not be allowed to abscond from legal proceedings levied against them in other nations.

4. Environmental Justice—poor, indigenous and people of color communities should not be targeted with polluting facilities, dangerous technologies and other threats to their health and community.

Membership does not entail any specific responsibilities: any contribution that your organization makes to the campaign for justice in Bhopal is completely voluntary. The ICJB can help you determine a level of involvement that’s suitable for your organization.

 

  For more information about our campaign, or if you would like your organisation to be affiliated with the International Campaign for Justice in Bhopal, please email us.