Dear friends, Right now, there is finally a chance f
24 juli 2012 12:45
Right now, there is an
chance for justice for the victims of Bhopal -- the worst chemical disaster in
history that killed 20,000 people and poisoned 500,000. But it will only
happen if all of us everywhere shine a light into the dark corridors of justice
Right now, there is finally a chance for justice for the victims of
Bhopal -- the worst chemical disaster in history that killed 20,000 people
and poisoned 500,000. At the same time that the victims are suing Dow, the
company responsible, in India, it is being lambasted in the UK over it's Olympic
sponsorship. Let's use this public moment to turn the heat on the Indian
Government to get Dow to pay to clean up its mess. Sign the petition:
After 27 years of suffering, affected families are mounting
a massive legal challenge against Dow Chemical, the company responsible.
And this week a PR storm is brewing in the UK against Dow after the
London Assembly voted to condemn its sponsorship of the Olympics. The toxic
tragedy is back in the headlines and the Indian government is feeling the heat
-- if we now focus our outrage on winning the case, we can make sure Dow pays
for this crime once and for all.
There may never again be a moment
with such possibility for justice. Sign the urgent petition to the
Indian Home Affairs Minister and the CEO of DOW and send this to everyone --
when we reach 500,000 signers we will deliver it to these two men that hold the
The Bhopal chemical spill tragedy wrecked the lives of hundreds of
thousands of people and scorched the earth for generations. Yet despite this
historic destruction, little justice has been served. Union Carbide, the
company in charge of the plant, dodged responsibility by making a tiny
payout four years after the leak. It was then was bought by Dow Chemical who
have also refused to pay out fair compensation to the victims still
desperate for help dealing with the loss and destruction around them. This is
why politicians in London have voted to condemn Dow’s Olympics sponsorship deal.
But the Olympic controversy is happening just as the victims of the
leak are mounting a massive legal challenge in Indian courts. Public outcry
forced the Indian government to bring the challenge, but now the Home Affairs
Minister is working behind the scenes to help Dow avoid most of the damages
-- systematically removing over 80% of the victims from the claim.
These kinds of backroom tricks were going on in secret, out of
the public eye, until the Olympics sparked new scrutiny. Let’s harness the
public outrage and build an unprecedented call for justice. Avaaz will make
sure our outrage hits home with both Dow Chemical and the Indian government.
Let’s make this the year India’s victims get the compensation they need and
deserve. Click below to sign up:
The Bhopal survivors need allies to win their decades long fight for
justice, and we can answer their call. In the past, Avaaz has successful stood
with other communities under threat from multinational companies from Guatemala
to the Ivory Coast. Now let’s support the victims of Bhopal in their final push
Meredith, Iain, Alaphia, Pascal, Emma,
Ricken and the rest of the Avaaz team
2012 Olympics: Dow Chemical partnership has 'damaged reputation of London Games'
London Assembly says Dow sponsorship damages Games - Hindustan Times http://www.hindustantimes.com/Specials/Sports/Olympics2012/Chunk-HT-UI-Olympics-TopStories/London-Assembly-says-Dow-sponsorship-damages-Games/SP-Article10-887447.aspx
The Tragedy Continues (Tehelka)
Bhopal Activists Slam U.S. Ruling (blog)
Between the flames (The Hindu)
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