India: Campaigners criticise Olympic authorities in London for accepting Dow Chemical's sponsorship citing links to Bhopal disaster
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Author: Charlie Barbier, Aujourd'hui l'Inde
La lutte pour la mémoire et l’indemnisation des victimes touchées par l’accident industriel survenu à Bhopal en 1984, dans l’Etat du Madhya Pradesh (centre), se poursuit à la veille du lancement des Jeux Olympiques (JO) de Londres, en 2012. Les accusations, provenant des ONG indiennes, sont dirigées vers la multinationale pharmaceutique Dow Chemical Company (DCC), sélectionnée par les autorités anglaises comme sponsor de l’événement sportif. Les associations défendant les droits des victimes du désastre considèrent l’entreprise en grande partie responsable de la catastrophe. " Accepter Dow comme sponsor des JO, c’est danser sur les tombes des victimes de Bhopal. ", a déclaré Satinath Sarangi, responsable du Groupe de Bhopal pour l’Information et l’Action...Londres...a réagi à ces attaques en avançant le fait qu’à l’époque du désastre, l’entreprise ne possédait pas l’usine filiale d’une autre multinationale américaine, Union Carbide, alors la détentrice de l’usine à l’origine du nuage toxique. Cette dernière a en effet été rachetée par DCC en 1999.
Author: Shahzeb Jillani, BBC
There is growing anger in India at the decision by Olympics authorities in London to select the Dow Chemical Company as 2012 Games sponsor…The London authorities welcomed Dow for funding $11.4m worth of artwork. They said Dow did not at the time of the Bhopal disaster own the chemical plant that was responsible…Activists fighting for the survivors of the disaster are calling on the Indian government to officially protest against London 2012's move…. "On the one hand, Dow is running away from its liabilities in Bhopal, but on the other hand it is doing [a] public relations [exercise] at the Olympics... Dow said that although it "never owned nor operated the plant… have learned from this tragic event and have helped to drive global industry performance improvements to ensure that such incidents never happen again.
"alliance de 180 entreprises multinationales destinée à soutenir leur engagement contre l'épidémie du SIDA"
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