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Amnesty International Demands Dow-Union Carbide Appear in Court - Activists join nations around the world to demand justice for Bhopal victims

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20 September 2017

India: State High Court stays criminal proceedings against ex-top cop for aiding Warren Anderson flee

Author: Live Law News Network (India)

"Bhopal Tragedy: MP HC Stays Criminal Proceedings Against Ex-DGP For Aiding Warren Anderson Flee India", 21 Sep 2017

The Madhya Pradesh High Court has stayed the proceedings of criminal complaint pending against former Director General of Police…at a CJM court in Bhopal, accusing him and former district collector of releasing main accused Warren Anderson Union Carbide Corporation, and helping him to flee India by misusing their power and position, thus, violating the law of land. Abdul Jabbar, convener of the Bhopal Gas Peedith Mahila Udyog Sangthan, and Shahnawaz Khan had filed a criminal complaint case…against Swaraj Puri and Moti Singh accusing them of releasing Warren Anderson…The petitioner took the plea that the matter pertains to an incident that took place 33 years ago and no one ever raised any finger on the act or conduct of the petitioner as superintendent of police.

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10 May 2017

Bhopal gas tragedy: Amnesty International lobbies US on human rights issues in India

Author: Press Trust of India

...NGO Amnesty International is lobbying with the US lawmakers to advocate for "protection of human rights defenders" in India among other countries, as also to seek "political pressure" on the American companies responsible for the Bhopal gas tragedy...It also wants the top leaders of the US and India to demonstrate "the importance of making the respect and protection of human rights an integral part of a just society". In its latest quarterly lobbying disclosure report filed with the US Senate last week, Amnesty International has listed "protection of human rights defenders" in India and several other countries among the "specific lobbying issues" for the quarter ended 31 March...Asked about the points of advocacy regarding this, Amnesty International India's Executive Director Aakar Patel said...We have worked with Indian authorities and US authorities to try to ensure that Dow Chemicals responds to the many official summons of the Bhopal court hearing this issue

 

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12 August 2016

India: Bhopal gas tragedy victims protest after White House declines online petition

Author: Jama Ayub, Times News Network

NGOs working for the victims of 1984 Bhopal gas tragedy disaster burned an effigy of US President...Protests come after White House declined an online petition seeking US Department of Justice to serve the Bhopal court's notice on Dow Chemical...Staging a protest at Neelam Park in Bhopal, leaders of survivors' organizations expressed outrage at the White House's recent response to a petition by well over one lakh signatories calling for the US Department of Justice to serve the Bhopal court's notice on Dow Chemical.

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25 July 2016

Bhopal Gas Tragedy: No private party can claim damages, Union Carbide tells SC

Author: Utraksh Anand, Indian Express

Asserting that no private individual can lay a claim against it for damages, the Union Carbide Corporation (UCC) has moved the Supreme Court against letting the victims’ organisations intervene in the curative petition that was filed by the central government to seek additional compensation for the victims of the 1984 Bhopal gas tragedy...the UCC argued…If the non-applicants find fault with any of these (orders), they would have to challenge the actions of the Union of India — they cannot seek to become co-petitioners…all private parties have to appear through the Union of India and have no independent right of carriage of proceedings.

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25 July 2016

India: Letter to Dow/Dupont boards ahead of stockholder meeting

Author: Tim Edwards, International Campaign for Justice in Bhopal

I am writing on behalf of The International Campaign for Justice in Bhopal, a coalition of Bhopal survivor organisations, international volunteers and environmental, social justice and human rights groups committed to achieving complete justice for people impacted by the world’s largest industrial disaster, along with those affected by ongoing contamination of their environment due to toxic waste abandoned by Union Carbide in Bhopal, concerning a number of inadequate and/or misleading disclosures within the companies’ joint merger proxy (the “Proxy”). We hope that, in bringing these deficiencies and outright omissions to your attention, the Boards of Directors will avoid the need for shareholders to seek judicial intervention, instead remedying the disclosure violations in the proxy by providing Dow and DuPont shareholders the necessary and required disclosures prior to their voting with shares at the Companies’ July 20, 2016 special meetings.

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25 July 2016

India: Sabotage led to Bhopal gas tragedy: Former plant manager of UCIL

Author: Amarjeet Singh, Times News Network

Gas tragedy that killed thousands was sabotage, claimed the counsel of then production manager of Union Carbide India Limited (UCIL) SP Chouhdary, during the hearing at Bhopal district court...Roy alleged before court that...tragedy was sabotage and design defect theory that the fault in design led to the incident is not based on investigations...saying that the investigations were malafide, mischevious motivated and fraudulent and in the whole process they have played a false on the victims who have died. Actual criminals should be brought before the court. Truth must come out.

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1 May 2005

CAN [Corporate Action Network] Member, Tom Benner, at Dow's Annual General Meeting

Author: Amnesty International USA

Tom’s statement...began by elucidating the severe human rights abuses that have accompanied the Bhopal disaster...He then led into his question, which dealt with liability for remediation of the plant site...[Dow Chemical board chairman William] Stavropoulos simply ignored the question. [also refers to Union Carbide (part of Dow Chemical)]

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