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Bhopal Gas Leak Survivors Fight for Justice

December 8, 2011

From Amnesty International India

Bhopal’s massive gas leak in December 1984 killed between 7,000 and 10,000 people in its immediate aftermath, and a further 15,000 over the next 20 years. More than 100,000 continue to suffer from serious health problems as a result of the leak, while toxic waste at the plant site is yet to be fully cleaned.
Dow owns Union Carbide Corporation (UCC), the company that held a majority share in the Indian subsidiary that owned and operated the UCC plant responsible for the gas leak disaster

Dow has been awarded a lucrative contract and is a sponsor of the 2012 London Olympics.

Sign this petition to urge organizers to drop Dow as partners for the London 2012 Olympics.

From the petition letter:

[…] We are organisations working among the survivors of the 1984 gas disaster. We are writing to seek your help in urging the International Olympic Committee to dissociate itself with The Dow Chemical Company – one of the key sponsors of the Olympics, including the 2012 London Olympics. Dow and its subsidiary Union Carbide Corporation have refused to own up to their liabilities in rehabilitating gas victims and cleaning up the toxic contamination left behind in the Bhopal site.

[…] Both companies have refused to submit themselves to the jurisdiction of Indian courts on various matters relating to the disaster and other environmental fallouts. Union Carbide has even been declared a fugitive from justice by the Indian courts.

Jacques Rogge, the president of the International Olympic Committee, recently disgraced himself.

While we understand the emotions and the grief, one has to say that Dow Chemical was not involved in the Bhopal issue. We have advised the Indian Olympian Association (IOA) to enter into a dialogue with their athletes and this is what they will do. I would hope the interest of sport and interest of the athletes will prevail.
-Jacques Rogge

The Bhopal Gas Tragedy is widely called the world’s worst industrial catastrophe.

For latest information: Bhopal Net

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