India: Bhopal survivors protest government request to reduce charges against ex-Union Carbide boss from culpable homicide to negligence
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Author: Tim Edwards, International Campaign for Justice in Bhopal
I am writing on behalf of The International Campaign for Justice in Bhopal, a coalition of Bhopal survivor organisations, international volunteers and environmental, social justice and human rights groups committed to achieving complete justice for people impacted by the world’s largest industrial disaster, along with those affected by ongoing contamination of their environment due to toxic waste abandoned by Union Carbide in Bhopal, concerning a number of inadequate and/or misleading disclosures within the companies’ joint merger proxy (the “Proxy”). We hope that, in bringing these deficiencies and outright omissions to your attention, the Boards of Directors will avoid the need for shareholders to seek judicial intervention, instead remedying the disclosure violations in the proxy by providing Dow and DuPont shareholders the necessary and required disclosures prior to their voting with shares at the Companies’ July 20, 2016 special meetings.
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Author: International Campaign for Justice in Bhopal
December 2-3, 1984: Poisonous gas leak from Union Carbide’s pesticides factory occurs at midnight December 3rd, 1984.
December 3, 1984: First Information Report (FIR) on the disaster filed at Hanumangunj police station, Bhopal.
December 7, 1984: Former Union Carbide Corporation (UCC) CEO, Warren Anderson and nine other executives are charged in the Indian courts. While visiting the Bhopal factory, Anderson is arrested. Shortly afterwards he is released on a bail of 25,000 Rupees (approximately $500 at the time) after promising that he would appear in the Indian courts to face the charges against him.
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Indian government goes soft on Bhopal crimes - Indians protest reduced charges for Union Carbide CEO
Bhopal Survivors Stage Protest Over Lessened Accusation - India Seeks to Reduce Charge Facing Ex-Union Carbide Boss
Author: Rama Lakshmi, Washington Post
The [Indian] government has asked the Bhopal District Court to reduce the charges against Anderson from culpable homicide to negligence.