REPORT BHOPAL 25th ANNIVERSARY – India Actions
Download this report, which outlines the campaign activities carried out by Youth Desk of the International Campaign for Justice in Bhopal to mark the 25th anniversary of Bhopal Gas Tragedy. It also offers a glimpse into some of the achievements of the campaign in relation to the activism around the anniversary day.
Download the report PDF, which includes summaries and photos of dozens of actions across India.
Background to the activities
2009 was the 25th anniversary year since 27 tons of a deadly gas leaked from a Union Carbide plant in Bhopal on the night of December 3rd, 1984, immediately killing 8,000 people and poisoning thousands of others. Tens of thousands have died from the toxic exposure in the years since, and the death toll continues to rise as a result of long-term effects.
25 years later Bhopal survivors’ are still fighting for their rights, including setting up an empowered commission to ensure that the survivors get clean drinking water, adequate medical facilities and care, adequate financial compensation, and social and economic rehabilitation. Other demands include cleaning of Union Carbide factory site, restarting medical research and the extradition of former CEO Warren Anderson to face trial in India.
Marking the 25 years of injustice in Bhopal, hundreds of International Campaign for Justice in Bhopal (ICJB) supporters and activists in 22 states across the country organized solidarity actions for Bhopal, including activities like Die In Action, Bhopal Photo Exhibition, Bhopal Film Screening, Candle vigil, Public meeting, Protest Rally, Pledge-making campaign, Sit in Dharna and other creative campaign activities. The locations include that of Andhra Pradesh (Hyderabad), Bihar (Samastipur), Delhi (New Delhi), Goa (Panaji), Gujrat (Ahmedabad), Haryana (Sonepat), Jammu and Kashmir (Kathua/Rajouri), Karnataka (Bangalore/Harihar), Kerela (Cochin), Maharashtra (Mumbai/Pune), Manipur (Imphal), Orissa (Bhubaneshwar), Puducherry (Puducherry), Punjab (Chandigarh/Faridkot), Tamil Nadu (Chennai/Cuddalore), Uttar Pradesh (Lucknow), Uttarakhand (Almora), West Bengal (Jalpaiguri/Jadhavpur) et.al. With the Bhopal campaign’s major thrust toward sensitizing youth, at least half the solidarity actions are being organised by youth groups for youth.
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