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BACKGROUND - What actually happened in Bhopal on the night of 3 December 1984? Causes and consequences of the disaster.

THE SITE

Sited too close to inhabited areas, contrary to Carbide expert's own advice
Construction double-standards (DRAMATIC NEW DISCOVERIES)
Maintenance and safety neglect
The phosgene leak
Workers fear they were used as guinea pigs
Cutting corners to cut costs
Pollution of drinking wells first reported in 1982
Bhopal journalist warns of impending disaster

"THAT NIGHT" - 3 DECEMBER 1984

On duty in the factory
How the gas escaped
Multiple failure of safety systems - no warning to public
The first minutes
The holocaust
Scenes at Bhopal hospitals

Condition and symptoms of dying and injured
Union Carbide's immediate response
Testimony of a municipal worker engaged in removing corpses
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The death toll

UNION CARBIDE (US) RESPONSE


Warren Anderson's trip to India
The US chemical industry closes ranks
Carbide breaks industry rules by refusing to give information about what leaked
Carbide denies cyanide involved

Carbide chemical warfare expert visits Bhopal
Carbide refuses to release the results of its medical studies on Methyl isocyanate (MIC)
Carbide lawyers attempt to stall court case by 1,500 years
Carbide alleges "sabotage"
"Sabotage" theory shown to be a deliberate lie - a cynical PR ploy

LEGAL CASES

Ambulance chasing US lawyers descend on Bhopal
Criminal action against Union Carbide begins in Bhopal
Carbide lawyers attempt to delay case by 1,500 years
Indian Central Government steps in and assumes role as sole plaintiff
The 1989 "settlement" - Indian Government's deal with Union Carbide
Indian Supreme Court modifies the settlement in 1991 - reinstates criminal charges
Criminal case reopens in Bhopal
Carbide (US) and Warren Anderson fail to appear in Bhopal court
All Carbide assets in India seized by the court
Anderson and Carbide US are declared "absconders" - Interpol asked to serve warrants
Survivors groups begin Class Action against Union Carbide in the US
Mr Justice Keenan dismisses the Class Action
Dow Chemical acquires Union Carbide, refuses to accept its Bhopal liabilities
US Appeal Court finds that Carbide has a case to answer on contamination - revives charges
Indian government seeks to dilute criminal charges against Anderson
Bhopal court rejects government's application and reaffirms charges
CBI and Indian government to seek Anderson's extradition
CBI move to name Dow (Carbide's new owner) as accused No. 10 in place of absconding Carbide
Madhya Pradesh government to ask Indian Supreme Court to force Dow to pay for clean-up
"Smoking gun" documents obtained by "discovery" in the Class Action expose Carbide's lies


MEDICAL CONDITION OF SURVIVORS

Immediate aftermath
Emerging patterns of illness
Evidence of genetic damage
Menstrual chaos
Brain damage
Pyschological and mental problems
Numbers of people still ill in 2002
Health care provision in Bhopal 1984 onwards
International Medical Commission on Bhopal
Sambhavna Clinic
Bhopal Hospital Trust


CONTAMINATION

Historical summary, 1982 to present
Chemical contamination of soil, acquifer and drinking wells

 

DOW/CARBIDE STRATEGY FOR EVADING RESPONSIBILITY

PR instead of action
How they have dealt with other cases
John Musser on Public Action Groups
Language and distortion (DowSpeak)
Chemical industry strategy for dealing with activists

 

KEY CHEMICAL SCANDALS INVOLVING DOW CHEMICAL / UNION CARBIDE

Hawks Nest Tunnel
Vinyl Chloride Scandal
Asbestosis
Tom's River
Dioxin
Silicone breast implants (Dow-Corning)

Bhopal
Cimanggis
Colombo
Institute, West Virginia
Toulouse, 2001?

MILITARY INVOLVEMENT IN MASS DEATH

Links to IG Farben and Auschwitz
Hiroshima
Nagasaki
Vietnam (napalm)
Vietnam (Agent Orange)
Iran-Iraq War??
Gulf War??
Kosovo/Serbia??
Afghanistan??
Iraq 2002-3??

 

SURVIVORS' AND SUPPORTERS' ORGANISATIONS

Bhopal Gas Peedit Mahila Stationery Karmachari Sangh (BGPMSKS) - President, Rashida Bi
Bhopal Gas Peedit Nirashrit Pension Bhogi Sangharsh Morcha (BGPNPBSM) - Convenor, Balkrishna Namdeo
Bhopal Gas Peedit Mahila Udyog Sangathan (BGPMUS) - Convenor, Abdul Jabbar
Bhopal Group for Information and Action - Satinath Sarangi
International Campaign for Justice in Bhopal

UK Campaign for Justice in Bhopal
Contacts for India, US, UK, Europe
Friendly organisations - Greenpeace, Corpwatch, Essential.Org, PANNA, PAN-UK

 

CAMPAIGNS

WORLDWIDE HUNGER STRIKE - The hunger strikes of June-August involved 1000 people around the world.

JHADOO MARO DOW KO!

 

MEDIA COVERAGE

                  1985 - TO DATE (COMPLETE LISTING)

                  NEW SCIENTIST ARCHIVE

                        HOUSTON CHRONICLE ARCHIVE

 

EYE ON DIRTY DOW

DOW-SPEAK

 

PRESS RELEASES

 

FEATURES

Mrs Anderson's dinner party
US Military invades Bhopal.Net

 

RESOURCES FOR CAMPAIGNERS

Time zones (check the time before ringing someone up)
Banners, posters for actions (download PDF files and print)
UK fundraising advertisements

 

DOCUMENT LIBRARY

Union Carbide documents obtained by the "discovery process" in the Class Action
The 1989 Settlement
The 1991 Indian Supreme Court judgement modifiying the settlement and reviving criminal charges

 

PHOTO LIBRARY

PICTURES OF THE FACTORY
CONTAMINATION
ACTIONS
SURVIVORS

 

BHOPAL READING LIST

 

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