The International Campaign for Justice in Bhopal


What is it and how to join

The International Campaign for Justice in Bhopal is a coalition of organisations and individuals, led by a Bhopali survivor's organisation which is run by women.

You can find out more about the ICJB and its members here.

Members of the ICJB jointly and separately campaign to secure justice for the survivors of the 1984 Union Carbide gas disaster and those affected since by water supplies poisoned by toxic chemicals abandoned in their factory by Union Carbide.

Union Carbide is now a wholly owned subsidiary of Dow Chemical, therefore many of our protests are directed at Dow.

We also campaign to put pressure on the governments of India and of the state of Madhya Pradesh to bring those responsible to trial, to ensure the clean-up of the contaminated factory and to distribute the funds meant for the survivors to the survivors.

Our aims can be summarised thus:

1) Extradite Warren Anderson, ex-Chairman of Union Carbide to face criminal charges in the Indian court at which he has been thumbing his nose for the last 11 years.

2) Secure fair and just compensation for the victims of the 1984 disaster who have had to struggle against illness and destitution for more than 18 years on "compensation" that works out at the price of one cup of tea per day.

3) Ensure that the balance of the fund meant for the welfare of the victims and currently being withheld by the government of India is distributed to the victims, and is not diverted to any other purpose.

4) Compel Dow Chemical, the 100% owner of Union Carbide, to clean up its subsidiary's abandoned factory in Bhopal in accordance with the universally-acknowledged "polluter pays" principle.

5) Secure just compensation for those who have been injured or made ill by the ongoing contamination at Union Carbide's derelict factory, which continues to poison soil and drinking water supplies.

6) Compel Dow Chemical, on behalf of its subsidiary Union Carbide, to provide for the long-term health care of the survivors of the 1984 disaster and of the ongoing contamination, including care for future generations who face risks that only now are becoming apparent.

7) Compel Dow Chemical to make restitution for loss of earnings by victims of the 1984 gas leak and the ongoing contamination.

8) To give support and solidarity to other organisations and campaigns fighting against toxic terror and corporate crime.

9) To educate people about the devastating long term effects of toxic chemicals on health and to expose the risks that communities all over the world, including the USA, face daily.

Joining us

We welcome both individuals and organisations into the ICJB.

To join us, you will have to agree to abide by the rules by which we operate and conduct our campaigns, and sign a Memorandum of Understanding to that effect.

We also need to get to know you, so in the first instance please send us an email expressing your interest in joining us and telling us a little about yourself. We can then take it onward from there.

In the US, Canada, Central and South America please email Gundu Krishnaveni.

In the UK, Europe and Africa please email Tim Edwards.

In India, the Middle East, South East Asia, China, Japan and Australasia please email Sathyu Sarangi.