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Press Statement: Demanding Compensation and Clean Up, Survivors Lock Themselves to Chief Minister’s Residence

Press Statement               18 September 2014

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At noon today survivors of the Bhopal gas disaster, neighbourhood residents of the abandoned Union Carbide factory and their supporters locked themselves to the Chief Minister’s residence seeking adequate compensation and clean up of the contaminated factory site.

Outside the CM’s residence several carried out a die-in and hundreds of protesters gathered to remind the state government of its constitutional duties towards the victims of Union Carbide and Dow Chemical.

Five survivors’ and supporters’ organisations who jointly led the protest said that today’s action was part of the recently announced campaign around the 30th anniversary of the disaster.

The organisations demanded that the state government revise the figures of death and injury in the curative petition for additional compensation and call for its urgent hearing.

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Press Conference: Fighting for Justice, Survivors Will Begin Indefinite Fast Without Water

(Image from September 18th, 2014 Action at Chief Minister’s residence)

September 12, 2014

At a press conference today, five organizations working for the welfare of survivors of the December ‘84 Union Carbide disaster in Bhopal today announced that a group of survivors and their supporters would be going on an indefinite fast without water to remind the central government of its responsibilities towards the curative petition for compensation pending in the Supreme Court of India.

The organizations said that the government had filed a curative petition in the apex court on December 3, 2010, the 26th anniversary of the disaster seeking additional compensation from Union Carbide, USA and its owner The Dow Chemical Company, USA for the disaster in Bhopal.

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Survivors’ Letter to Prime Minister Re: Petition for Additional Compensation

August 1, 2014

Honourable Prime Minister,

Government of India, North Block, Raisina Hill,
New Delhi 110 011

Subject: Urgent Directions for Filing of Application for Amending Civil Curative Petition No 345-347/2010 for Additional Compensation before Supreme Court on August 5, 2014.

Dear Sir,  

On behalf of the survivors of the December 1984 Union Carbide gas disaster in Bhopal we wish to draw your urgent attention to the hearing of the Curative Petition filed by the Government of India on December 3, 2010 that is scheduled to be heard on August 5, 2014.

For the last several years we have attempted to apprise the Prime Minister’s office that the figures of exposure related deaths and injuries in the Curative Petition filed by the Government of India are wrong and without any basis.

The government’s curative petition mentions a figure of 5,295 deaths caused by the disaster, which happens to be one fourth of the figures of death reported by Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) in its epidemiological report published in 2004. Likewise, the petition mentions that 93 % of the victims were only temporarily injured which is against the findings of the ICMR.

You can stop a great injustice being done to the Bhopal victims by issuing directions for filing an application before the Supreme Court on August 5, 2014 for amendment of the Curative Petition. Figures based on ICMR’s scientific research can then be incorporated in the amended Curative Petition.

We request you to issue directions to concerned officials in the Ministry of Chemical & Fertilizers for filing an application before the Supreme Court for amendment of the Curative Petition on August 5, 2014.

 

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Bhopal survivors support Koodankulam struggle

Observing Shahid Bhagat Singh Divas on 23 March, more than 250 survivors of the 1984 Union Carbide gas disaster sat on a day-long fast in support of the Koodankulam struggle against the nuclear power plant. Condemning Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa’s act of charging Koodankulam protestors with “Sedition,” Bhopal survivors said that Bhagat Singh’s fate would have been no different in independent India than at the hands of the white colonial masters.

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Bhopal Survivors Call for protection against violation of their human rights

December 10, 2011                                              Press Statement

On the occasion of International Human Rights Day hundreds of survivors of the Union Carbide disaster in Bhopal marched to the Raj Bhavan, the residence of the Governor of the state, calling for protection against violation of their Human Rights. The five organisations leading the rally said that they were demanding the Governor’s intervention to stop the revictimisation and abuse of human rights of the survivors due to ongoing police atrocities.

The organizations launched a music CD that narrates the human rights abuse suffered by the victims of the Bhopal disaster at central library grounds at the starting point of the rally.

Representatives of the organizations presented a memorandum containing six demands for protection of the human rights of the survivors. They demanded immediate setting up of impartial and independent investigation in to the incident of violence on the 27th anniversary of the disaster and called for withdrawal of criminal cases against 1500 to 2000 gas victims including charges of murderous assault leveled against Mr. Balkrishna Namdeo and others.

The organizations also demanded immediate stoppage of intimidation, illegal detentions and custodial beatings carried out by the police in Barkhedi – Aishbag area.

In a separate Letter to the Chief Minister , the organizations have demanded that the CM keep his promise of correction of figures of deaths and injuries caused by the disaster in the soon to be heard curative petition for compensation in the Supreme Court of India.

Demands of Bhopal survivors on International Human Rights day

Rashida Bee, Bhopal Gas Peedit Mahila Stationery Karmachari Sangh, 94256 88215

Nawab Khan,Bhopal Gas Peedit Mahila Purush Sangharsh Morcha, 9302792493

Rampyari Bai, Bhopal Gas Peedit Nirashrit Pension Bhogi Sangharsh Morcha

Satinath Sarangi, Rachna Dhingra, Bhopal Group for Information and Action, 9826167369

Safreen Khan, Children Against Dow Carbide

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