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7 Jun 2010

Amnesty International

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

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...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...