The International Campaign for Justice in Bhopal has declared the upcoming anniversary – 03/12/03 — of the 1984 Union Carbide disaster in Bhopal, the ‘Global Day of Action Against Corporate Crime’. Besides coordinating protests against Dow-Union Carbide facilities worldwide, the ICJB invites all groups fighting corporate crime to take action on December 3 against the human, environmental, consumer and labour rights violations by private or public corporations.
December 3 is a time for us to mourn for the dead but also to fight for the living, by reminding the world that Bhopal is not history but an ongoing crime that can yet be stopped. We believe that justice in Bhopal can set an inescapable precedent, aiding all those suffering at the hands of corporate criminals. Please follow the ‘03/12/03 Day of Action’ link on the left to find out more.
The ICJB DEMANDS THAT THE DOW CHEMICAL COMPANY MUST:
1. Face Trial : Ensure that prime accused Warren Anderson, former chairman of Union Carbide ceases absconding from criminal justice in India and the authorized representatives of the company [Dow-Union Carbide] face trial in the Bhopal criminal court.
2. Provide long term health care: Assume responsibility for the continuing and long term health consequences among the exposed persons and potentially their future generations. This includes medical care, health monitoring and necessary research studies.
The company must provide all information on the leaked gases and their medical consequences.
3. Clean up the poison: Remove the contamination of the ground water and soil in and around the abandoned Union Carbide factory in Bhopal. Provide for supply of safe drinking water to the community.
4. Provide Economic and social support : The corporation must provide income opportunities to victims who can not pursue their usual trade as a result of exposure induced illnesses and income support to families rendered destitute due to death or incapacitation of the breadwinner of the family.
December 3, 1984. Copyright Pablo Bartholomew.