Friday, December 03, 2004

20th Anniversary of Bhopal Disaster: ASA Protest in front Dow Chemical

UPDATE: Dec 3 is the 20th anniversary of Bhopal Disaster. The company responsible for this disaster is the Union Carbide, was taken over by the Dow Chemicals.

The ASA together with other groups in Hong Kong had the protest action this afternoon. The secretariat member of ASA, Madhav Nepal attended the protest action. We handed up the protest letter to the CEO of the Dow Chemical.

According to the International Campaign for Justice in Bhopal, a coalition of people's organizations, non-profit groups and individuals who have joined forces to campaign for justice for the survivors of the Union Carbide Disaster in Bhopal, call:
DOW, QUIT lying or quit INDIA!

They also questioned about the accountability of the corporate in US, because the accountability only for Americans, not for the Dow-Carbide's victims in Bhopal.

Worse, when Dow-Carbide practiced the double standard on the compensation towards the victims in India and American. Dow paid the family of Joshua Herb, a child who became brain-injured after being exposed to their pesticide, Dursban, $10 million in an out-of-court settlement.

However, brain-injured victims of its Bhopal gas leak got around $500 to last them the rest of their lives. When Dow was asked about the double standard practice, the spokeperson said,

"$500 is plenty good for an Indian"

How ridiculuos responses. The people's live in Bhopal already destroyed. Justice should be done to the Bhopal people.