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Day of Action!

Join the International Day of Action – Aug 24

Join the International Childrens Day of Action for Justice in Bhopal on August 24, 2010.

Children of all ages are encouraged to join the August 24 Day of Action in solidarity with the demands of the Bhopal Gas Disaster survivors.

There is an old Indian proverb that says that when you lie a crow will bite you. Join us in making origami crows to send to the Indian consulate to remind them of the promises they’ve made to the Bhopal Survivors – specifically to establish an Empowered Commission!

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Dharna Documents

Helpful Information about the Dharna

Bhopalis conclude Dharna

International Campaign for Justice in Bhopal

Press Statement – August 18, 2010

Sixty four Members of Parliament from 20 political parties including, BJP, Congress, CPM, CPI, LJP, RSP, BSP and others have endorsed a letter urging the Prime Minister to set up a mechanisms to resolve all pending issues of long term rehabilitation and prosecuting the guilty corporations and individuals including Warren Anderson in Bhopal before December 2010. This was announced at a press conference at Jantar Mantar today by representatives of five Bhopal based survivors’ organizations at the conclusion of there 23- days long dharna.

According to the organizations, hundreds of survivors of the Union Carbide disaster in Bhopal sitting on the pavement are still denied permission to set up a tent to protect themselves from the scorching sun and occasional rain. They are hopeful that the Delhi High Court that has already asked Delhi Police to justify denial of permission to camp at Jantar Mantar will soon pass a favourable order on their petition seeking protection of their constitutional right to peaceful protest.

The Bhopal organisations expressed satisfaction that significant progress has been made on several key demands. In particular they are happy that finally the state government has started work on installing free water connections to individual households in the groundwater-contaminated bastis next to the abandoned Union Carbide factory site in Bhopal.

The organizations appreciated the prompt action by the Indian government in filing a curative petition against the Supreme Court’s order on settlement to obtain additional compensation for the gas disaster from Union Carbide’s current owner, Dow Chemical, USA. Survivors expect the curative petition to be filed before month’s end.

Survivors groups also welcomed the Madhya Pradesh Government’s announcement that it would ask the Central Government to intervene in the ongoing case in New York against Union Carbide and Anderson seeking clean-up and compensation for contamination related damages. The MP Government has announced that if the Central Government fails to intervene, it will explore options to intervene directly.

The organizations said that the Indian Government has filed an application in the MP High Court seeking additional money from Dow Chemical for clean-up of the toxic contamination. The Minister of State of Environment & Forests, Mr. Jairam Ramesh, meanwhile, has told Bhopalis that he is open to considering any formal offer of scientific assessment of environmental contamination in and around the Bhopal factory by an independent organization.

The organizations have recently submitted a scientific critique of the report on the depth and spread of toxic contamination by NEERI and NGRI. They said that the reports of these government scientific agencies are based on false assumptions and their conclusions are not supported by data.

On the controversial issue of incineration of 350 tonnes of Union Carbide’s hazardous waste, the organizations expressed satisfaction with the application filed yesterday in the MP High Court by the Madhya Pradesh Government expressing reservations about sending the Bhopal waste for incineration at Pithampur. They asserted that transporting the hazardous waste from Bhopal to a well-equipped facility in America or Europe was the only option for their safe disposal.

The organizations said that there are a number of critical issues such as compensation for all gas victims that are far from resolved. They said they are sure that the ongoing groundswell of public sympathy and outrage on the continuing disasters in Bhopal following media exposure of the role of successive governments will help them win these battles in the near future.

 

Syed M Irfan
Bhopal Gas Peedit Mahila Purush Sangharsh Morcha Mob. 9329026319

Rashida Bee, Champa Devi Shukla
Bhopal Gas Peedit Mahila Stationery Karmchari Sangh Mob. 9425688215

Balkrishna Namdeo
Bhopal Gas Peedit Nirashrit Pension Bhogi Sangharsh Morcha Mob. 9826345423

Safreen Khan
Children Against Dow-Carbide Mob. 9826994797

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

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Dharna 2010

Indefinite Protest Reignites in Delhi

Currently, about 150 activists are braving the monsoon season in Delhi to demand compensation, medical care, legal action, and site remediation. Hundreds more are expected to join the dharna, representing 7 survivor organizations. All information about the Dharna, including important document, latest news and updates can be found here on the Dharna 2010 page.

Several Bhopal activists, led by Garima Gupta and Kaveri Rajaraman, will be writing and taking pictures throughout. Click on this link for the Daily Dharna 2010 Blog.

Day 19

Dharna Blog

August 14, Day 19

Today at the dharna site, our vigil continued, damp as the afternoon air. I spoke to Abdul Rafi, fondly known to everyone as Mamu, about his story. He has been with the struggle for the full 26 years, and was 13 when the gas disaster hit in 1984. He lived with his mother, and worked to make ends meet as a laborer, including washing bottles for a while at the Union Carbide factory. At this stage of his narrative some disagreement erupted as to whether he could have possibly been employed at that age at a factory that nominally employed only adults.

On the night of the disaster, Mamu said that he was lying down and like everyone else he thought that chillies were being burnt. He tried to sleep but woke up after a while with his limbs in pain. When he went outside to see what was happening he saw people running against the wind and joined them, running past dead bodies. A woman tried to entrust her baby to Mamu, another woman was running while carrying a baby goat. Finally Mamu stopped by a tap and washed his face and found that this gave him some relief so he urged everyone else to do this as well. Some people were in such pain they jumped recklessly into the lake, but as it turned out those who could swim survived better than the rest because of the relief the water provided from gas exposure. To this day, his eyes hurt, he coughs, and worse of all he says he suffers from ‘ghabarahat’ – fears. For most, this mix of physical and psychological problems is devastating. It is for medical care, for poison-free water, for justice, that this struggle continues