March 26th, 2008, London — UK member of parliament Des Turner filed Early Day Motion 1266 in the Houses of Parliament, London, in express support of the aims of the Bhopal padyatra and dharna at Jantar Mantar.
Bhopal 23 Years On – Early Day Motion 1266, Houses of Parliament, London, UK
That this House deplores the continuing suffering of the people of Bhopal 23 years after the world’s worst industrial disaster; notes that Amnesty International has reported ongoing violations of human rights, that contaminated factory land is still not properly cleaned up, that high quantities of organochlorines and lead pollute local water supplies, that there are continuing occurrences of birth deformities and ill health and that 15 people die each month as a result; congratulates the work of the Sambhavna medical clinic in treating victims of gas and water poisoning and that of the International Campaign for Justice in Bhopal in trying to make the government of India meet its obligations to provide clean water and adequate medical, social and economic rehabilitation; and further applauds the campaign for pursuing polluter pays principles against Dow Chemical and extradition of its fugitive subsidiary Union Carbide, which refuses to face charges in India of culpable homicide in connection with the deaths of 23,000 people.
Signatories as of April 9th, 2008:
Wareing, Robert N
Sharma, Virendra Kumar