These timelines document the major actions and achievements undertaken between 2010-2014 by the five Bhopal gas survivor organizations & their supporters that make up ICJB.
Major Actions (2010-2014)
September 18, 2014: Survivors chained themselves to the Chief Minister’s residence demanding adequate compensation and intervention in US court for clean up of toxic waste
April 28, 2014: Torch rally on International Workers Memorial Day.
February 17, 2014: Demonstration at the Directorate of Bhopal Gas Tragedy Relief & Rehabilitation demanding free medical care and rehabilitation.
January 2014: On the basis of RTI documents exposed corruption of Rs 18 crores of funds meant to provide economic rehabilitation to Bhopal gas victims by the Dept of Bhopal Gas Tragedy Relief & Rehabilitation
November 2013: Campaign to publicise NOTA (None of the above) option of rejecting all candidates in elections.
August 2013: 2000 survivors marched to the Chief Minister’s residence demanding that he fulfill his promise of adequate additional compensation.
April 9, 2013: Demonstration at the office of Dow Chemical International Private Ltd in Mumbai demanding clean up of factory site and appearance of Union Carbide in court.
September 2012: Solidarity protest in support of the struggle against Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant.
July 26 2012: Organized “Bhopal Special Olympics” with disabled children of gas and contaminated water exposed parents to oppose Dow Chemical’s sponsoring London Olympics 2012.
June 27, 2012: Die-in outside the office of Indian Olympic Association asking them to oppose Dow Chemical as a sponsor. Of the London Olympics Similar protests were held in London, Berkeley and Boston, USA and St. Catharine’s, Canada.
January 2012: 18 day sit in demanding withdrawal of criminal cases against 2000 survivors falsely charged with violence during rail roko agitation.
December 2011: More than 30,000 survivors stopped movement of all trains passing through Bhopal for 11 hours. The blockade was lifted when the Chief Minister conceded to demands of adequate compensation.
October 2011: Shopkeepers downed shutters and workers struck work responding to Bhopal survivors’ call for Bhopal Bandh to demand adequate additional compensation.
August 2011: 100 women survivors gained access to the Chief Minister posing as his part members and tied Rakhi bracelets on the Chief Minister’s wrist reminding him of his constitutional duty to protect their right to adequate compensation. .
June 2011: One hundred Bhopali children demonstrated in front of the Prime Minister’s office demanding medical care, rehabilitation and poison-free environment.
July 26-August 18, 2010: Sit in at New Delhi for compensation, medical care, legal action, and site remediation. 64 members of Parliament from 20 different political parties signed a letter in support of Bhopali protestors.
June 2010: Demonstration at the office of the Madhya Pradesh Pollution Control Board on toxic injury of six workers at the MP Waste Management Facility at Pithampur near Indore.
May 2010: Bhopal survivors filed information requests regarding civil Nuclear Liability Bill en masse at the Prime Minister’s Office.
April 18, 2010: Dow Live Earth greenwash event was overrun by protestors in 15 locations in 7 countries. Several sponsors worldwide cancelled events after finding out from Bhopal campaigners, Live Earth’s affiliation with Dow Chemical.
Major Achievements (2010-2014)
September 2014: Dow Chemical won the award of the dirtiest corporation in a campaign being run by AdBusters on Dirty Dozen.
August 2014: Work of providing clean water to 10 thousand families through pipelines completed. Organizations fought a long and arduous battle from 2006 for these residents near the abandoned factory who were forced to drink local groundwater contaminated with toxic chemicals.
August 4, 2014: The Bhopal District Court summoned Dow Chemical to make its subsidiary Union Carbide appear in the criminal case in response to application by supporter organization in 2004.
2012-2014: Obtained sensitive documents under RTI from the Prime Minister’s Office and Ministry of Chemicals showing the involvement of prominent persons in causing injustice in Bhopal.
August 9, 2012: Supreme Court granted powers to the Monitoring Committee and gave specific directions to official agencies towards improving medical care and research in response to submissions by petitioner organizations.
February 2012: Dow Chemical decided not to have its logo on the polymer wrap around the London Olympics stadium following protests in Bhopal, London and other cities by survivors and their supporters.
October 2011: The Government of India prohibited purchase of products of Dow Agrosciences by Government agencies for 5 years. We raised the demand for blacklisting Dow Agro in 2006.
May 2011: The shoddy report on contamination of soil and ground water by two government agencies, NEERI and NGRI was scrapped by the Peer Review Committee following critiques by survivors’ organizations.
March 2011: Dow Chemical was asked to leave the premises by the organizers of Aquatech, a trade fair of water related technologies, after protest by Bhopal survivors at the Mumbai venue.
October 10, 2010: Setting up of National Institute for Research on Environmental Health (NIREH) in Bhopal in response to demands for resumption of medical research by survivors organizations from 2006.