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The Empty Promise of Bhopal: Evolution of a Disaster

Jun 25 2014 by

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Justin Senzer, a high school sophomore at Herricks High School on New York’s Long Island, has produced a quite remarkable documentary. In Justin’s words:

“My interest in the issues confronting Bhopal arose out of a research project that I recently completed on the 1984 Union Carbide accident, in connection with my participation in the National History Day competition. Each year, the National History Day organization sponsors a competition for students all over the country who compete by producing projects all tied to the year’s chosen theme. This year’s theme was rights and responsibilities in history. My research, in which I utilized the ICJB website, culminated in my production of a documentary entitled, “National History Day competition.”
“My documentary explores and analyzes the rights and responsibilities of Union Carbide, Dow Chemical, and the Indian Government in initially encouraging Union Carbide to invest in India, and addresses the long-term effects of the Bhopal disaster, which have yet to be resolved.”

The documentary won first place in the National History Day Long Island regional competition in March.

It subsequently went forward to the competition for National History Day, held at the University of Maryland, just outside of Washington D.C. The film as entered in the individual documentary category, was named as a finalist, and placed eighth overall in the United States in the final round of competition.

Our congratulations, and our thanks, go to Justin for his excellent work.

The Empty Promise of Bhopal- Evolution of a Disaster : CLICK HERE

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Report on Bhopal to Bridgehampton Disaster Tourism Performance at Roehampton University

Jun 19 2014 by

Back at the start of May, over three evenings, drama students from the University of Roehampton performed their interpretation of an experimental photo essay by senior lecturer Paul Antick. On the final night the performance was followed by a panel discussion, on the politics of disaster representation, accompanied by the first public showing of Francesca Moore’s Arts Council funded photography project #Bhopalfacing30.

Francesca Moore reports on the evening in her blog: #Bhopalfacing30

Photos from the performance

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Photos from the original essay by Paul Antick

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#BhopalFacing30 in Professional Photographer magazine

Jun 16 2014 by

Congratulations to Francesca Moore nominated for Environmental Photographer of the Year and now one of the featured photographers in a Professional Photographer article on the exhibition.

http://www.professionalphotographer.co.uk/Exhibitions/May-2014/Striking-images-at-the-Environmental-Photographer-of-the-Year-Exhibit

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(c) Francesca Moore, 2014. ‘Bhopal Facing 30′

      
 
 
 
 

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Yoga Events at Leeds Uni

Jun 10 2014 by

On Tuesday the 3rd of June the Leeds University Yoga Society held an event at an organic vegetarian cafe in the city center to raise awareness about the Bhopal Medical Appeal and Yoga therapy at Sambhavna. They conducted a yoga class, followed by fresh juice and salads. During the meal Melanie Hadida gave a talk about Yoga Therapy at Sambhavna and about the work of the Bhopal Medical Appeal. 

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Leeds University Yoga Society in action.

The group stated they were inspired to organise some fundraisers when the fall semester begins with some people were even interested in volunteering in Bhopal!

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The Yoga Society followed the yoga class with fresh juices and salads and a talk on yoga Therapy at the Sambhavna Clinic in Bhopal

Click here to find out more about how yoga therapy is used at the Sambhavna Clinic.

If you would like to hold an event  for the Bhopal Medical Appeal do not hesitate to contact us. For further details on ways that you can help the Bhopal Medical Appeal click here.

 

 

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The Bhopal Medical Appeal remembers Moira Wales

May 27 2014 by

Flame of Bhopal 21 The Bhopal Medical Appeal remembers Moira Wales bhopal medical appealMoira Wales, who had been suffering from breast cancer and died on April 1st 2014.

Moira nominated the BMA as one of the charities to benefit from kind donations friends and family made in lieu of flowers at her funeral.

Moira deeply valued social justice – with a compassion for the downtrodden and those who had been dealt an unfair hand in life that was coupled with an anger against those who abuse their positions of power, influence or privilege. This passion was part of who she was and was a reflection of how much she cared about the people around her and the wider concerns that affected the world she lived in.

David Mitchell’s complex novel ‘Cloud Atlas’ was a seminal text for Moira, a talented writer herself. She wrote an eloquent review for her local book group. Her husband, Jon remarks; ‘She succeeded, I feel, in capturing the essence of its complexity by identifying its core meaning’. She writes:

“The events in the novel are dark. Tears are everywhere. Is there hope that humanity can forever leave its appalling behaviour behind? We have to believe in this hope. Acts of human decency spawn further goodness and although each act is but a drop in the ocean, in the closing words of ‘Cloud Atlas’;

“What is an ocean but a multitude of drops?”

 

Jon felt this was a fitting epitaph for Moira.

With our most humble thanks.

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Dow Chemical Blocks Shareholder Enquiry into Bhopal on 30th Anniversary of Disaster.

May 15 2014 by

Dow Skull Logo 484x189 Dow Chemical Blocks Shareholder Enquiry into Bhopal on 30th Anniversary of Disaster. bhopal medical appealAmnesty International reports: (WASHINGTON, D.C.) – As we near the 30th anniversary of the devastating gas leak from the Union Carbide plant in Bhopal, The Dow Chemical Company (Dow) is still choosing to ignore the toxic legacy of the disaster. In stark contrast, survivors and residents of Bhopal have no choice but to live with the tragedy on a daily basis; over 100,000 people still suffer from health problems due to exposure to the gas and there remain high levels of contaminants in soil at the former factory site and the local groundwater due to the plant’s prior operations.

Dow shareholders attending the company’s annual general meeting (AGM) in the U.S. tomorrow, will be denied a vital opportunity to understand the continuing impact of the Bhopal disaster.

Dow blocked Amnesty International and other investors from putting forward a shareholder resolution at the AGM, which called on Dow to face-up to the ongoing legacy of Bhopal. The resolution requested Dow to prepare a report for shareholders on the “financial, reputational and operational impacts…of…Bhopal…on Dow’s Indian and global business opportunities.”

The resolution underscored how Dow’s name has become inextricably linked with the Bhopal disaster since its acquisition of Union Carbide Corporation (UCC) in 2001. Dow is now the focus of legal and campaign actions by Bhopal survivors and the Indian government, which have adversely affected both its business and reputation. It is a defendant to two civil claims before the Indian courts. Most recently, Dow has been ordered to appear before the Bhopal criminal court on July 4, 2014, to explain why its 100% owned subsidiary, UCC, has repeatedly ignored summons to appear before the court in the ongoing criminal case concerning the disaster.

Note: Dow Chemical has now been issued a full summons to appear before the criminal courts in Bhopal.

Dow stopped the resolution from being put to shareholders by taking advantage of a U.S. rule that permits listed companies to reject a shareholder resolution… On that basis, Dow asked the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC), the government agency responsible for regulating U.S.-listed companies, to confirm that it would not take action against Dow if it blocked the resolution from being put before shareholders. The SEC gave this confirmation.

Amnesty International is deeply disappointed by Dow’s decision to block the resolution. Dow has again failed to alter its longstanding position that it has no responsibility for Bhopal, which completely ignores the continuing human rights abuses in Bhopal and its adverse effect on Dow’s business and reputation.

Dow has recently reiterated this position, stating that it “[does] not believe that Bhopal…will have any financial, operational or reputational impact on Dow’s business opportunities in India or elsewhere in the world” and “will continue to oppose efforts to implicate Dow in the Bhopal matter.”

Amnesty International strongly disagrees with Dow’s statement. Not only does Dow’s position affect its business and reputation in India but it also reflects its refusal to take seriously its responsibility to disclose these issues to its shareholders. Amnesty International believes that shareholders should be informed of corporate involvement in ongoing human rights abuse cases – shareholders should play an essential role in ensuring that companies respect human rights and take active steps to address their human rights impacts.

Amnesty International urges shareholders to request Dow to provide full disclosure of the ongoing human rights and environmental impacts of Bhopal, given its materiality to Dow’s Indian and global business opportunities.

Dow should acknowledge its responsibility towards survivors of the disaster and appear before the Indian criminal court on July 4, 2014 to explain why it has failed to ensure that UCC faces the charges against it.

Amnesty International is a Nobel Peace Prize-winning grassroots activist organization with more than 3 million members in more than 150 countries campaigning for human rights worldwide. The organization investigates and exposes abuses, educates and mobilizes the public, and works to protect people wherever justice, freedom, truth and dignity are denied

 

 

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The BMA at Glastonbury 2014 – litterpicking places filled.

May 12 2014 by

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All 80 volunteer litterpicking spaces for the Bhopal Medical Appeal at Glastonbury Festival 2014 are now filled! Thank you to all of those who were interested in representing the BMA.

Too late for this year? To register you

r interest for 2014 please send your name and email address to charles.forbes@bhopal.org

You can visit the Glastonbury festival website here

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