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Times of India -- Dow Chemical to drop its logo from London Olympics, IOA not happy

  • Posted on: 18 December 2011
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Excerpted from Times of India:

LONDON/NEW DELHI: Dow Chemical has agreed to remove its logo from London's Olympic stadium but the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) said that it is not satisfied with the move and wants US giant to remove its sponsorship from the 2012 Games.

DOW said it was agreeing to the "vision" of the 2012 Games by waiving its sponsorship rights to place its brand on a controversial fabric wrap for the stadium which was objected by campaigners furious at the US conglomerate's links to the deadly Bhopal gas disaster.

Dow was made a sponsor of London 2012 by Lord Coe's organising committee (Locog) in August.

"The agreement - between Dow and - Locog was limited to branding of five 'test panels' that were to be removed in the months before the Games and were not part of the final design," Dow spokesman Scott Wheeler was quoted as saying by a British newspaper Sunday Express.

"In mid-summer, Locog and Dow discussed Dow deferring the rights to these five panels to allow free and full execution of the design as determined by Locog. Dow agreed to this to - support Locog's and London 2012's vision for the stadium wrap," he added.
Reacting to the report, IOA acting president VK Malhotra said he was not clear what exactly it meant and said the body would continue to press for total removal of Dow Chemical as a sponsor of the London Olympics.

"I have also heard about Dow chemical withdrawing their logo from the decorative wrap but I don't know what it means," Malhotra said.

"Our demand is that Dow should be removed as a sponsor and we have expressed strong reservation with the Olympics. We are sending our communication to Dow as well as IOC on this regard."

Bhopal gas survivors charge police with instigating violence on 27th Anniversary

  • Posted on: 10 December 2011
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December 6, 2011
Press Statement

 
BHOPAL, INDIA - Condemning the violence triggered by precipitate police action on a peaceful rail roko staged by Bhopal victims on 3 December, five survivors organisations today said they will organise a detailed enquiry presided over by a retired judge of the High Court or Supreme Court. The enquiry is expected to help survivors in their attempts to gather evidence and initiate formal proceedings against those responsible for the violence, including the police. The survivors groups apologised to the media persons who were hurt, and said they will work towards ensuring that those responsible for the violence against media persons are identified and punished.
 
Calling the State Government's actions vindictive, the organisations laid the blame squarely on the police for the violence that ensued on 3 December. "The first act of the police was to snatch away our PA system through which we could have stopped protestors from responding to police brutalities through violence," said Rashida Bee, President, Bhopal Gas Peedit Mahila Stationery Karmchari Sangh. Rashida said that she is an eye witness to the police instigating violence and creating a situation for criminal elements to join in.
 
Rashida introduced several women among the over 50 gas victims who were beaten with sticks and left bleeding while protesting peacefully. Even after peace was restored and the agitation called off, a large gang of policemen entered individual homes and shops in Umrao Dulha Baug area and beat up people, damaged furniture, doors, windows and vehicles.
 
The organisations appealed to all citizens who had recorded the violence on 3rd on their cameras and mobiles to send them the evidence for successful prosecution of police officials.
 

2011 Bhopal Conference

  • Posted on: 9 August 2011
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Register for the 7th Annual North American Bhopal Conference!

Strech break, 2010 conference
WHEN: Saturday October 15 & Sunday October 16, 2011 (with social event Friday evening)
WHERE: Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA

Register Now!

Early Bird Registration: Register by September 21nd and the fee is $35 for professionals and $20 for students.
Registration Deadline: Everyone must register by October 10! After September 21, the fee is $50 for Professionals and $35 for students.

Pay now via ICJB's donation page on PANNA's website (our fiscal sponsor).  Write "conference registration" in the "Special Comments" box.

The conference costs ICJB up to $70 per person. Everyone who wants to attend the conference, regardless of financial means, has the right to do so. Please let us know if you will need the fee waived or reduced. You may also pay by check or cash at the conference itself.

What is this conference all about?

Our 7th Annual Conference is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, October 15 and 16, 2011 in the San Francisco Bay Area. The Bhopal Conference isn't just a ton of fun; it is also an opportunity for activists, allies, students, and supporters of the Bhopal campaign to meet, strategize, and discuss our plans for the year ahead. This year, the conference will be better than ever, with guest speakers, and in-depth conversations about improving our work.

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