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Bhopal Survivor Groups charge Peer Review Committee on environmental rehabilitation with protecting Dow Chemical from its liability

  • Posted on: 25 May 2011
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Press Statement
May 25, 2011

Leaders of five organizations of the survivors of the 1984 Union Carbide disaster in Bhopal today condemned the recommendations of the government appointed Peer Review Committee (PRC) on remediation of toxic contamination in and around the abandoned Union Carbide factory.

In a letter submitted to the Chairman of the Oversight Committee on Bhopal Environmental Rehabilitation, Mr. Jairam Ramesh, the organizations charged that the recommendations of the Peer Review Committee were unscientific, unilaterally decided and were designed to help Dow Chemical get away from its Bhopal liabilities by paying a pittance for environmental remediation.

Goldman Environmental prize winner Rashida Bee of the Bhopal Gas Peedit Stationery Karmchari Sangh who took part in the meeting organized by the Oversight Committee today, said that two of the members of the PRC have direct links with Dow Chemical Company, U.S.A. that, as 100 % owner of Union Carbide, U.S.A. is legally liable for the toxic contamination in and around the Union Carbide factory in Bhopal.

Boston reverberates with music, a fundraiser for Bhopal

  • Posted on: 17 May 2011
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May 12, 2011
By TCN News,

Boston: More than 26 years later and thousand miles away from Bhopal, the call for justice for the victims of the Union Carbide gas leak is still strong. Hundreds gathered here on Saturday May 7th, 2011 in a benefit concert to raise funds for this noble cause.

Divine Strings, a benefit concert featuring Carnatic and Jazz music, was held on the in Northeastern University’s Fenway Auditorium. Aishwarya Venkataraman, an ever smiling eighteen year-old violinist took center-stage to enthrall a crowd of well over two hundred with brilliant artistry.Aishu was accompanied on the Mridangam by her father Prof. Vinod R. Venkataraman, Marc Rossi on the piano, Bob Tamagni on the drums, and Bill Urmson on the electric bass.

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Economic Times: Judiciary not with Bhopal victims, CBI failed: Activists

  • Posted on: 11 May 2011
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Economic Times
May 11, 2011

NEW DELHI/BHOPAL: The judiciary has heaped more injustice on victims of the 1984 Bhopal gas tragedy, activists said Wednesday after the apex court's decision to reject the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) plea for more stringent punishment to the seven accused.

Some said it was a "black day" and squarely blamed the CBI for failing to defend the victims. The apex court Wednesday dismissed the CBI's petition challenging its 1996 verdict that had diluted charges against the accused, then United Carbide India Ltd (UCIL) chairman Keshub Mahindra , and six others for causing death due to negligence.

At least 3,000 had died on the night of Dec 2-3, 1984, at the United Carbide factory in Bhopal in what is known as the world's worst industrial disaster.

Rachna Dhingra of the Bhopal Group for Information and Action told IANS: "The CBI was never interested to fight for the gas victims and did not take matter from us which had enough evidence to run the case under (Indian Penal Code's) 304/2.

"It is we who have been fighting against the 1996 Supreme Court verdict and the CBI only woke up after pressure from the group of ministers (GoM) and put a curative petition after 14 years."