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Bhopal LowDOWn - February 2011

  • Posted on: 1 March 2011
  • By: SfB.Website
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Bhopal LowDOWn - February 2011


In this issue:

   1. Survivors protest unethical drug trials on gas victims
   2. Supreme Court admits curative petition on enhanced compensation 
   3. Aquatech dissociates with Dow after Bhopalis protest
   4. Max Carlson’s Bhopali wins “Best Documentary” at Slamdance
   5. Dow in the news: Greenwashing its image - Anna University dumps Dow - Ontario's history with Agent Orange
   6. Longtime activist Gary Cohen profiled in Miller-McCune Magazine
 
Recent Requests to Information have confirmed that the Bhopal Memorial Hospital and Research Survivors protest at BMHRCCentre (BMHRC) conducted 7 unethical pharmaceutical trials on gas victims, only one of which was monitored by the Drug Controller General of India.  The trials have resulted in the deaths of at least 10 survivors.  On February 24, survivors and activists marched to BMHRC and demanded the suspension of senior consultants, who received substantial sums of money from the drug companies.  Protestors also decried the preferential treatment given to wealthy private patients over gas victims, who the hospital was originally created for.  Read more here.
 
On February 28, the India's Supreme Court accepted the Government of India's petition for enhanced compensation in the 1989 out-of-court settlement, which was from Union Carbide for $470 million.  While the submission does indicate recognition of the settlement's inadequacy, the government's curative petition is not without its problems; death toll figures are grossly underestimated, medical ailments were wrongly-assessed, and children born to gas-affected parents are not considered for compensation.  Read ICJB's response to the curative petition here.
 
During the Aquatech India trade exhibition in Mumbai from March 2-4, Dow Chemical was forced to withdraw when 70 Bhopalis protested its involvement.  As activist Nawab Khan said at a press conference, "Dow need not pour money into such conferences to sell its water technologies, instead it should just accept the liability of Bhopal, clean up the toxic wastes and contaminated groundwater. It would get the clean image it is so looking forward to."  Read the full story and see more pictures

ICJB responds to Supreme Court's admission of curative petition for enhanced compensation

  • Posted on: 1 March 2011
  • By: SfB.Website
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Bhopal Gas Peedit Mahila Stationery Karmchari Sangh
Bhopal Gas Peedit Mahila Purush Sangharsh Morcha
Bhopal Gas Peedit Nirashrit Pension Bhogi Sangharsh Morcha
Children Against Dow Carbide
Bhopal Group for Information and Action
 
Press Statement - February 28, 2011
 
Representatives of five organizations of the survivors of the Union Carbide disaster in Bhopal today welcomed the admission of the curative petition for enhancement of compensation by the Supreme Court of India. Holding the Government of India primarily responsible for the collusive settlement of 1989, they stated that the government’s curative petition does not contain correct figures of death and extent of injuries caused by the disaster. They expressed hope that the Court will take necessary steps to arrive at a compensation sum based on correct figures of the impact of the disaster.

Press Statement: Survivors Protest Unethical Drug Trials

  • Posted on: 24 February 2011
  • By: SfB.Website
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Bhopal Gas Peedit Mahila Stationery Karmchari Sangh
Bhopal Gas Peedit Mahila Purush Sangharsh Morcha
Bhopal Gas Peedit Nirashrit Pension Bhogi Sangharsh Morcha
Children Against Dow Carbide
Bhopal Group for Information and Action

Press Statement - February 24, 2011

Survivors of the Union Carbide disaster in Bhopal today marched to the Bhopal Memorial Hospital & Research Centre (BMHRC) demanding suspension of senior consultants involved with unethical drug trials on gas victims and compensation for those on whom drug trials have been conducted. Decrying preferential treatment of non gas victims at BMHRC they opposed attempts by the state government to take control of the hospital and demanded taking over of the administration of the hospital by the central government.

The organizations leading the march stated that senior consultants of BMHRC broke the law in 2004 by carrying out Phase III drug trials because such trials were illegal prior to 2005. They condemned the state government for not disclosing the findings of the investigation on these trials and demanded that the central government must act against the consultants who were interfering with the medical records of the trials.

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