Indian court finds Union Carbide India and seven top executives guilty for their role in 1984 Bhopal disaster that left thousands dead

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22 September 2010

[New & updated case profiles of key business & human rights lawsuits]

Author: Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

Updated case profiles of key lawsuits involving companies & human rights on the Business & Human Rights Resource Centre website (we will be adding additional new case profiles in the future): Shell lawsuit (re Nigeria)

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9 June 2010

Bhopal gas tragedy case: MP Govt to file appeal

Author: PTI

The Madhya Pradesh government has decided to file an appeal against the "disappointing" verdict in the Bhopal gas tragedy case, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said on Wednesday. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government in the state will constitute a committee to study the legal aspects before going in for the appeal, he said…The Chief Minister alleged that it does not appear that any serious efforts were made to ensure punishment to the guilty. "Victims of the tragedy believe they were cheated," Mr. Chouhan said. [refers to Union Carbide (part of Dow)]

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Il a fallu plus de vingt-cinq ans à la justice indienne pour condamner d'anciens cadres dirigeants de l'usine d'où s'était échappé du gaz mortel à Bhopal en 1984, mais les opérations de dépollution du site ne sont toujours pas terminées. Le 3 décembre 1984, 40 tonnes de gaz toxique s'étaient échappées d'une usine de pesticides du groupe chimique américain Union Carbide [maintenant une filiale de Dow], située près de zones résidentielles à Bhopal, une ville du centre de l'Inde. Plus de 25.000 personnes sont mortes et environ 100.000 habitants souffrent de maladies chroniques... Un tribunal de Bhopal a condamné lundi sept anciens dirigeants de la filiale indienne d'Union Carbide à une peine de deux ans d'emprisonnement. Le verdict, unanimement perçu en Inde comme indulgent au regard du bilan humain et environnemental, a attisé les griefs sur la façon dont l'entreprise et les autorités ont géré les conséquences de l'accident.

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7 June 2010

Bhopal gas leak convictions not enough, say campaigners

Author: BBC

Convictions over a gas plant leak that killed thousands of people in 1984 in the Indian city of Bhopal have been heavily criticised by campaigners. Amnesty International described the two-year sentences for eight people as "too little, too late". The convictions are the first since the disaster at the Union Carbide plant...The eight Indians, all former plant employees, were convicted of "death by negligence"...the International Campaign for Justice in Bhopal [said] the punishment imposed on Union Carbide was wholly inadequate...Satinath Sarangi, an activist also campaigning on behalf of Bhopal victims, told the BBC that justice would not be done until US executives from Union Carbide at the time of the incident - including the company's former head, Warren Anderson - were brought to India to face justice.

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7 June 2010

India: First convictions for 1984 Union Carbide disaster too little, too late

Author: Amnesty International

...Amnesty International is calling on the Indian and US governments to...[bring] the US-based Union Carbide Corporation (UCC) to justice. Seven Indian nationals, who formerly worked for...Union Carbide India Ltd (UCIL), were today found guilty by the Bhopal Court of causing death by negligence, a charge that carries a maximum two year sentence... More than 25 years after the disaster, the site has not been cleaned up, the leak and its impact have not been properly investigated, more than 100,000 people continue to suffer from health problems...survivors are still awaiting fair compensation and full redress... UCC has been a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Dow Chemical Company (Dow) since 2001. Survivors and human rights groups have been campaigning for Dow to address the ongoing impacts of the disaster...but the company has consistently ignored these calls, denying any responsibility...

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7 June 2010

Indian court finds chemical execs guilty in Bhopal disaster

Author: Harmeet Shah Singh, CNN

A court in central India ruled Monday that seven top executives and the company they worked for are guilty for their role in the 1984 industrial disaster that killed thousands in Bhopal, India…Nearly 4,000 people died…in December 1984. More than 10,000 other deaths have been blamed on related illnesses, with adverse health effects reported in hundreds of thousands of survivors…The company blamed the disaster on an act of sabotage and has said it no longer has any liability…Union Carbide says neither the parent company nor its officials are subject to the jurisdiction of Indian courts…Union Carbide claims the issue has been resolved and Dow has no responsibility for the leak…

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