Amnesty Intl. seeks investigation by US securities regulators of Dow attempts to seek indemnity in India for Bhopal liabilities

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10 May 2017

Bhopal gas tragedy: Amnesty International lobbies US on human rights issues in India

Author: Press Trust of India

...NGO Amnesty International is lobbying with the US lawmakers to advocate for "protection of human rights defenders" in India among other countries, as also to seek "political pressure" on the American companies responsible for the Bhopal gas tragedy...It also wants the top leaders of the US and India to demonstrate "the importance of making the respect and protection of human rights an integral part of a just society". In its latest quarterly lobbying disclosure report filed with the US Senate last week, Amnesty International has listed "protection of human rights defenders" in India and several other countries among the "specific lobbying issues" for the quarter ended 31 March...Asked about the points of advocacy regarding this, Amnesty International India's Executive Director Aakar Patel said...We have worked with Indian authorities and US authorities to try to ensure that Dow Chemicals responds to the many official summons of the Bhopal court hearing this issue

 

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7 May 2007

[PDF] Comment on Dow Chemical response regarding Bhopal & Amnesty letter to US Securities & Exchange Commission

Author: Amnesty Intl. USA

...Dow fails to substantively address the points raised by Amnesty International and the shareholder proponents of the Bhopal resolution, in particular, the company never acknowledges the concern that the Bhopal legacy has proved to be an impediment to the company’s expansion in India. Dow’s statement contains several misrepresentations and further illustrates the company’s commitment to cloud the facts about Bhopal in their effort to avoid liabilities connected to the disaster. [also refers to Union Carbide Corporation (now part of Dow), Union Carbide India Ltd.]

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Company response
26 April 2007

Dow response to Business & Human Rights Resource Centre regarding concerns raised by Amnesty International USA related to Bhopal

Author: Dow Chemical

The Dow Chemical Company stands by its SEC disclosures [to shareholders] regarding Bhopal. In all of Dow's communications regarding Bhopal..., we have consistently, clearly and openly stated Dow's position that we have always taken regarding Bhopal. That is, that Dow never owned or operated the plant site...and, as such, has no responsibility or liability for the plant site... Amnesty International USA is well aware that the Bhopal site was never -- and is not now -- a Dow plant... What happened in Bhopal with the Union Carbide India Limited plant in 1984 was a terrible tragedy. The fact that the site remains without remediation adds to the tragedy that occurred. This site is in the hands of the State Government of Madhya Pradesh. They own the site and they have the authority to ensure the site is cleaned up.

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Article
15 April 2007

Dow secretly pressurising Indian govt, says Amnesty

Author: Press Trust of India, in Business Standard [India]

Alleging that Dow Chemicals is secretly pressurising Indian government to help rid the company of its legal liabilities related to Bhopal gas disaster, Amnesty International has sought inquiry by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) into, what it calls, failure of the company to disclose to the shareholders the information about its liabilities regarding the disaster. Thousands of people died when about 40 tonnes of deadly methyl isocynate (MIC) gas was released from the Union Carbide plant on December 3, 1984. Union Carbide has since been taken over by Dow Chemical.

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6 April 2007

Amnesty International Seeks SEC Investigation of Dow Chemical [USA]

Author: Amnesty International USA

Amnesty International USA today called for an investigation of Dow Chemical Co. by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), based on letters showing that Dow management is concerned about its ability to expand in India and is therefore secretly pressuring the Indian government to rid the company of its legal liabilities related to the Bhopal toxic chemical disaster... "These letters are strong evidence that Dow believes pending legal liabilities for the legacy of Bhopal present a barrier to investing in India, but the company has not disclosed this to its shareholders," said Sanford Lewis, an attorney who has represented Dow shareholders...

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Article
8 November 2006

[PDF] Letter from Dow CEO Andrew Liveris to Ronen Sen, Indian Ambassador to the US

Author: Andrew Liveris, Chairman & CEO, Dow Chemical

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