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11 April 2014 - Amnesty International's Get On The Bus Action

  • Posted on: 13 April 2014
  • By: SfB.Website
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On Friday April 11th 2014 over 400 activists in New York City as part of Amnesty International's annual 'Get on the Bus for Human Rights' action.  The event draws mostly high school students from across the North East region of the US to day of action at strategic targets in the city. This year the Bhopal was one of the four main actions.

Survivor activist Sanjay Verma kicked the day off addressing the packed audience at New York City's Cooper Union where he highlighted the role of the US corporation Dow Chemical and the US government in the disaster. Dow Corporation refuses to cooperate with the Indian legal proceedings while the US government is actively pressurizing the Indian government to soft pedal the issue. 

Mr. Verma also outlined pressing needs in Bhopal - immediate assessment of extent and severity of soil and water contamination; and economic and medical relief and rehabilitation. Noting that the lack of justice in Bhopal and the ongoing contamination and exposure constitute a large scale human rights crisis, Mr. Verma said that the time has come for the UN to take a more pro-active role in this issue echoing Amnesty International's letter to UN agencies.

For many students, this was their first exposure to the Bhopal campaign and some were surprised at the scale of the ongoing disaster and the role of the US corporation. Following this public address students marched to the targets in NYC which included the Permanent Indian Mission to the UN. For about half an hour hundreds of students raised slogans against Dow Chemical and the Indian government urging them to take immediate action. Many students from Amnesty chapters also expressed interest in being part of the international campaign and invited ICJB organizers to engage them with the issue in the future.

Bhopal has been a long standing priority issue for Amnesty International which has issued numerous strong statements in support of the campaign. Inclusion on Bhopal as a main action in the 30th anniversary year has sparked a new interest in the Amnesty high school and college organizers and students  - and may signal a new wave of collaboration of this high profile international group and Bhopal supporters worldwide to bring renewed focus on the issue of justice in Bhopal.

For World Water Day, ICJB asks UNEP to take action on the ongoing soil/groundwater contamination in Bhopal

  • Posted on: 23 March 2014
  • By: SfB.Website
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On the occasion of World Water Day, the International Campaign for Justice in Bhopal (ICJB) commends UN Water’s efforts to draw attention to the limited supply of freshwater in developing and emerging economies and its focus on “the bottom billion”. In this regard, we wish to bring to your notice the double standards of the Dow Chemical Company, which claims to be involved in global water sustainability, but refuses to clean-up the environmental pollution – and subsequent groundwater contamination – in Bhopal, India caused by the Union Carbide Corporation (UCC), a wholly owned subsidiary of Dow Chemical.

March 2014 LowDOWn

  • Posted on: 16 March 2014
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This Newsletter is brought to you by:

The International Campaign for Justice in Bhopal,

 

North America

 

Newsletter Contents:

1.  A message of solidarity from hacktivist, Jeremy Hammond

2.  ICJB NA - Our Actions

3. Meet the 2014 Advisory Board

4. Take Action!

5. Join ICJB NA - Dow Chemical Coordinator & Volunteers needed


 

1.  A message of solidarity from hacktivist, Jeremy Hammond!

 

On February 27th, 2012 WikiLeaks began to publish hundreds of e-mails that exposed DOW’s involvement with the global intelligence agency Stratfor. It became clear that DOW was spying on the Bhopal Campaign, but this came with a price, including the freedom of one brave man named Jeremy Hammond. 

Jeremy was at the forefront of using the information from Stratfor to expose DOW, and has since been sentenced to 10 years in prison. Hammond recently released a statement of solidarity to ICJB.

 

“Two years ago I hacked the intelligence company Stratfor and handed over all of their private email correspondence to WikiLeaks for publishing. Amongst the revelations was proof that Dow hired Stratfor to monitor the activities of Bhopal survivor activist groups.” Read full article here

              

 

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