India: Survivors & victims of 1984 Bhopal gas tragedy continue to await justice & fair compensation

On the night of 2–3 December 1984 methyl isocyanate (MIC) spilled out from Union Carbide India Ltd’s (UCIL’s) pesticide factory. Estimates on death toll vary, a government affidavit in 2006 stated that the leak caused 558,125 injuries, including 38,478 temporary partial injuries and approximately 3,900 severely and permanently disabling injuries. Others estimate that 8,000 died within two weeks, and another 8,000 or more have since died from gas-related diseases. The US-based multinational company, Union Carbide Corporation (UCC), which owned the plant through its subsidiary UCIL (and now owned by Dow), did little to help deal with the human tragedy. Dow has made no move to accept liability for the disaster or to pay for a clean-up of the area. It holds that a settlemnet of USD470 million made in 1989  was full and final. But the Indian government says the gross inadequacy of the 1989 settlement has resulted in an irremediable injustice, and it has called for a further settlement in excess of US$1 billion. Additional filings in support of the petition request a further US$8.1 billion. 32 years later, survivors & families of victims continue to await justice and compensation.

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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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2 December 2016

32 years after the Bhopal gas tragedy, govt apathy intensifies victims’ pain

Author: Mayank Agarwal & Sayantan Bera, Livemint

As many as 32 years after the world’s worst industrial disaster in Bhopal, the affected are yet to see any comprehensive assessment of contamination of the groundwater around the disaster site or efforts to clean it up...For the victims, the disaster is still ongoing...Till date there has been no scientific comprehensive assessment done to ascertain how far and how deep the chemicals have seeped...Experts point out that it’s a timely reminder for authorities to prepare a national level policy for contaminated sites.

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2 December 2016

Activists demand strict compliance of safety norms in industries

Author: Indo Asian News Service

Marking 32 years of gas tragedy, activists on Friday demanded that the state pollution control boards and other regulatory bodies should ensure strict compliance of safety norms in the industries, as the accidents due to negligence were on the rise...Cases of gas leaks from cold storages, boiler blasts, hazardous effluents being discharged in community water resources without treatment, gutter cleaning mishaps etc., have resulted in loss of life and property but the official agencies have not shown a sense of urgency in dealing with the problems, speakers observed.

 

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2 December 2016

Contamination around Union Carbide factory spreading: NGO report

Author: Khushboo Joshi, Hindustan Times

Thirty-two years after the world’s worst chemical disaster struck Bhopal, the city’s residents continue to be exposed to chemical toxins through soil, groundwater and air. Studies by Sambhavna Trust Clinic, which has been providing free medical care to 32,000 survivors, reveal that the contaminated area around the abandoned Union Carbide pesticide factory has increased by at least two square kilometres in the last four years...They said so long as thousands of tonnes of toxic waste remain buried in and around the factory, the contamination will continue to spread and find new victims.

 

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1 December 2016

US flag, Dow Chemical and Union Carbide logos to be torched by Bhopal gas victims on 32nd anniversary of Gas disaster

Author: www.TwoCircles.net

On the occasion of 32nd anniversary of the Bhopal gas tragedy, the world’s worst industrial catastrophe, the flag of United States of America, (USA), and the logos of two Corporations: Dow Chemical and Union Carbide, would be torched by the victims, survivors of the tragedy and five NGOs working for their welfare...Addressing a joint Press Conference five of these NGOs said that the disaster is still ongoing and the generations born after the disaster are also marked by the poisons that leaked from the American multinational pesticide factory. The NGOs said that the factory abandoned by the corporation is still killing and maiming people due to poisoning of groundwater from reckless dumping of toxic waste during its 14 years of operation prior to the disaster.

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1 December 2016

Will merger deal allow Dow to evade their toxic liablities in Bhopal?

Author: Clare Speak, Equal Times

As vigils, protests and torchlight rallies mark the passing of another year since the Bhopal gas tragedy, the area remains contaminated and a third generation now suffers health problems caused by the disaster. Thirty-two years later, survivors in the Indian city of Bhopal in the central state of Madhya Pradesh are still waiting for justice. But a planned corporate merger deal looks set to help the companies involved avoid their toxic liabilities altogether...A planned merger deal between corporate giants Dow and Dupont is set to add a “complicated new layer” to the corporate structure of UCC, making it harder still for victims to get justice...According to the Bhopal Medical Appeal, the merger would potentially allow both companies to avoid their legal obligations to the Bhopal victims, as well as to thousands of other people around the world who have been poisoned by toxic chemical manufacturing processes.

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14 July 2016

India: Bhopal organisation moves for ex-parte trial proceedings against Dow Chemical

Author: India Blooms News Service

Leaders of all the organisations of survivors of the Union Carbide Disaster in Bhopal on Wednesday condemned the governments of both India and USA for the non appearance of any representative of Dow Chemical Company in the ongoing criminal case on the disaster...In the last two years Dow Chemical has thrice ignored the court's notice and all that the Indian government has done is send one meek request after another and not utter a word on the violation of the Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty by the US Department of Justice (DoJ) in not serving the notice on Dow Chemical," said Rachna Dhingra of BGIA. It was submitted that the CBI is deliberately shielding the Accused....Bhopal survivors' organisations had collected over one hundred thousand signatures on a petition demanding that the US DoJ serve Bhopal Court's notice on Dow Chemical as per the terms of the Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty signed between India and USA in 1991. As per the terms of the petition on Whitehouse.gov website the US government is obligated to respond to charges of violation of MLAT by the US DoJ.

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2 December 2015

31st anniversary of Bhopal gas tragedy observed

Author: Asian News International

Common people and kin of the victims who were killed in the gas leak tragedy on Thursday observed the 31st anniversary of one of the worst industrial disasters of the world that claimed several hundred of lives and left scores of people maimed for life...An all-religion prayer meeting was held on Thursday at Barkatullah Bhawan here to pay their homage to the victims....Many non-governmental organisations also organised torch rallies and protested on the eve of gas tragedy, demanding proper justice and additional compensation for the survivors. 

 

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2 December 2015

31st Bhopal gas tragedy anniv: Modi govt apathetic to plight of victims, say activists

Author: Kumar Das, India Today

Though toxic waste from the 1984 disaster is still killing and deforming thousands of children, neither BJP nor Congress have done anything significant to assuage their pain and sufferings.

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2 December 2015

Slide Show: Hundreds march in Bhopal ahead of 1984 gas tragedy anniversary

Author: India Today

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