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Yoga and the Women Who Never Heard of Lululemon

Jul 28 2014 by

Yoga and the Women Who Never Heard of Lululemon

Melanie Hadida writing for ‘Pass it to The Left’:

Since 2007, I have spent several months of my life living and working at the Sambhavna Trust Clinic in Bhopal, India. The Sambhavna clinic is the product of a vision born out of awe-inspiring community based activism in the wake of the world’s worst chemical disaster.

On December 3rd 1984, at 10 minutes past midnight, a Union Carbide pesticide plant, operating under extensive cost-cutting measures with sub-par safety facilities, leaked over 27 tons of methyl-isocyanate — a deadly gas — into the air. The gas released was carried by winds into the heavily populated slum neighbourhoods surrounding one side of the factory, affecting some of Bhopal’s most impoverished people.

Over half a million Bhopalis were exposed to this gas that night and 20,000 people died in the immediate aftermath as a result of their exposure, with many more dying each year from gas-related illnesses. The continuing disaster or “Second Disaster”, refers to on-going contamination and poisoning of 16 slum communities’ only water sources. The abandoned Union Carbide pesticide factory still stands in Bhopal today — a looming reminder of “that night” — rusting and decomposing, while bottles of highly toxic chemicals collect cobwebs and dust, and pose a very real threat to the thousands who live nearby.

The Sambhavna Trust Clinic was created by survivors and dedicated international supporters to provide gas and water contamination affected Bhopalis with free, integrative and holistic health care.

Free meaning free, integrative meaning patients aren’t just given pills and sent on their way, and holistic meaning patients’ minds, bodies and spirits are respected, healed and empowered.

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The Clinic believes in creating possibilities for patients by generating compassion. The work carried out by Sambhavna has proven that it is possible to evolve simple, safe, effective, ethical and participatory ways of treatment, monitoring and research for the survivors of Bhopal.

At Sambhavna, survivors are offered free medical care through allopathy, ayurveda (an indigenous system of medicine based on herbs), yoga, as well as through Western medicines. The 65 staff members of the Clinic (among whom 23 are survivors themselves) include doctors, yoga and Panchakarma therapists, gardeners, and community health workers and researchers who carry out health surveys, health education and community initiatives promoting better overall health in the gas and water affected neighbourhoods of Bhopal.

Provision of appropriate medical care is one of the central activities of Sambhavna. Great care is taken to ensure that any drugs that are prescribed do not add to the damage already caused. Patients who register at the clinic are given the liberty of choosing which system of treatment they wish to pursue: Allopathic or Ayurvedic medicine. Many patients are treated with a combination of both practices.

For years I’ve had the privilege of witnessing this unique and incredibly effective system of healing at play. One way in which Bhopal survivors are healing — especially women — is through Yoga therapy. The practice costs nothing, is sustainable – once learned can be practiced outside of the clinic — and most importantly, Yoga calls for the patient to be an active participant in her own healing.

Among the survivors, Women in Bhopal have been particularly badly affected by the contamination, suffering a plethora of complaints. In addition to respiratory, musculo-skeletal and neurological health complications experienced as a result of the disaster, thousands of women are also affected by gynecological and endocrinal problems. And in a city where many Muslim and Hindu women still wear the veil, intimate matters are not easily discussed with strangers.

When Yoga was first introduced at the Sambhavna Trust Clinic, many patients receiving free care thought the relief from their pain and health complications could come only in the form of a pill. But Yoga’s remarkable efficacy as a drug-free therapy has had tremendous impacts on the lives of Bhopali women of all ages.

The Sambhavna Trust Clinic carried out a study of how Yoga has affected the menstrual problems of gas-affected women. The sample was of women between 18 and 38 years old who were divided up into a test group and control group. In the month before the study began the women in the test group received a months training in specified Yoga asanas. After this, they took no medicines for six months for menstrual problems and only practiced Yoga, while the control group took medicine but didn’t practice any Yoga.

All the women in the test group practiced a special set of asanas. Surya Namaskara, which improves transmission of ‘vital air’ in the body. It helps balance the nervous system and the endocrine, and Bhujangasana, Shalabha Asana, Dhanurasana and Ushtrasana mainly affect the ligaments and muscles of the pelvic region.

When the study period ended, women brought their menstrual charts to the clinic hidden in the folds of their saris and burkas and shared them in complete privacy. The results were striking. Women in the control group showed no particular improvement in the regularity of their cycles or feelings of pain. However, in the test group more than half the women with abnormal cycles reported that they now had regulated and most of the women also reported significant relief from pain.

In the early days after the Gas Disaster, a tragedy caused by corporate greed and neglect, another industry was benefiting from a spontaneous windfall — the pharmaceutical industry. Government hospitals treating survivors were indiscriminately prescribing impoverished patients with steroids, antibiotics and psychotropic drugs, which compounded the damage caused by the initial gas exposure; the health status of the survivors and their children continued to deteriorate.

Sambhavna’s exceptional system of healing familiarizes patients with an ancient practice indigenous to India; it empowers them to detoxify their bodies and allows them transforms their lives.

You can find the article on ‘Pass it to The Left’ HERE

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Pressure building on Dow over Bhopal gas leak case

Jul 1 2014 by

Pressure building on Dow ( #DowChemical ) over Bhopal gas leak case

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THE HINDU reports:

The Dow Chemical Company came under renewed pressure from human rights organisations this week as the date for its court appearance in Bhopal edged closer, to answer the court on why its wholly owned subsidiary, the Union Carbide Company (UCC), “repeatedly refused to appear in the ongoing criminal case,” concerning the 1984 industrial disaster involving the leak of deadly methyl isocyanate and the subsequent deaths of many thousands.

According to Amnesty International, Dow has been called upon to explain why UCC has not yet answered to the charges of “culpable homicide not amounting to murder,” and in addition they underscored that the companies were embroiled in two civil suits in India relating to the gas leak and ongoing environmental contamination at the former plant site.

Commenting on the court appearance issue T. Kumar, International Advocacy Director at Amnesty International USA, said, “Dow should not hide from the summons. Why is Dow afraid to face the courts in Bhopal?”

Mr. Kumar added that the Bhopal victims were “closer than ever to realising justice,” and so it was critical to keep public pressure on Dow to attend the July 4 court hearing to ensure meaningful corporate accountability for those affected and their families.

Although The Hindu reached out to UCC and its parent company, Dow Chemicals, for a response, no comments were received at the time this report went to print.

Last week, Amnesty International organised a rally outside Dow’s Washington DC offices to pressure the company to comply with the summons.

The Bhopal Medical Appeal, a UK-based disaster relief and charity organisation, added its voice to the protests, and said that Dow had responded to the demand that it appear before the Indian courts saying, “UCC is, and remains today, a separate corporate entity responsible for its own debts and obligations.” (more detail, see below)

However BMA argued, “A parent company may be held liable for the debts of its subsidiary in circumstances which vary between legal systems. But Dow has the legal power to control, and therefore the legal responsibility for, UCC’s current behaviour with regards to Bhopal.”

Earlier in 2014, plaintiffs in the case brought against UCC released new evidence that was said to demonstrate the company’s “direct role in designing and building the pesticide plant” in question.

According to reports that new evidence comprised statements by former UCC and Union Carbide India Limited (UCIL) employees and evaluations by experts in waste disposal systems, all of which were said to establish that UCC “provided critical design for the plant and its waste management system and that this design caused the ongoing toxic waste problem in Bhopal.”

In February, in the case of Sahu II v. UCC, a Southern District Court of New York class-action lawsuit filed by residents of Bhopal whose land and water remain contaminated by waste from the chemical plant, plaintiffs’ evidence reportedly also showed that it was “a Union Carbide employee that oversaw and approved construction and design implementing Union Carbide’s plan for the Bhopal plant.”

However, in an email to The Hindu, a UCC spokesman, Tomm Sprick, denied that the evidence suggested that UCC was responsible for the creation of contaminated water in the area, arguing that the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals had recently dismissed “a nearly identical case” against UCC, Sahu I.

Mr. Sprick added that the court said that documents created at the time events took place established conclusively that “no reasonable juror could find that UCC participated in the creation of the contaminated drinking water.”

At the time co-counsel to the plaintiffs Rajan Sharma added, “These families have been living with Union Carbide pollution for decades and they deserve justice. Union Carbide refuses to submit to the jurisdiction of India’s courts and asserts that American courts may not grant relief without the participation of the Indian government.”

 

Further Information on Dow Chemical’s ownership of the Union carbide Corporation

The Dow Chemical Company continues to maintain that it is not responsible for the acts of its wholly owned subsidiary the Union Carbide Corporation

Dow states that it is an entirely separate corporate entity to Union Carbide but that is not, of itself, a sufficient statement of law to divorce Dow from UCC’s legal liabilities. It is not possible to say, given that information, that “there is no justification for a claim being brought against Dow”.

A parent company may be held liable for the debts of its subsidiary in circumstances which vary between legal systems. But Dow has the legal power to control, and therefore the legal responsibility for, UCC’s current behaviour with regards to Bhopal.

This is because:

  • UCC is a wholly owned subsidiary of Dow. UCC’s board of directors is appointed by Dow and Dow can, through its shareholding, exercise actual control over UCC. If Dow wishes UCC to take, or refrain from taking, any steps with regard to its business, Dow can in practice require UCC to take those steps.
  • Dow’s relationship with UCC is much closer than a simple parent/subsidiary relationship: Dow manages all major aspects of UCC’s business: legal, accountancy, treasury, procurement, human resources, environmental, health and safety, management, etc. For all material purposes Dow runs UCC. This means that not only is Dow able to control UCC indirectly through its share ownership as a parent, it is able to control UCC directly because it manages all its business, including crucially its legal affairs. As a consequence, Dow cannot say that it is not responsible for UCC’s current behaviour when that behaviour is controlled, directly and indirectly, by Dow itself.
  •  Dow’s and UCC’s operations are so intertwined that it is difficult to separate the two. UCC’s submissions to the US Securities and Exchange Commission present its business as a “component” of Dow’s business. UCC’s business is fully integrated with Dow’s. In addition, UCC sells substantially all its products to Dow (and Dow sells UCC’s products under Dow’s name). This means that a distinction between the two companies exists only in terms of formal “corporate personality”. In commercial and reporting terms the two companies are one
  • UCC’s behaviour actually benefits Dow in so far as not paying a debt enhances a subsidiary’s ability to pay dividends to its parent. Importantly, Dow has almost certainly procured that conduct (denying Bhopal liabilities) since it is responsible for legal and accountancy services for UCC. UCC has paid dividends to Dow since completion of the acquisition in 2001. From 2009-2011 these dividends amounted to $2200m. Dow has made the choice not to require these funds to be used to compensate Bhopal survivors or decontaminate the affected area
  • Dow is wholly responsible for the current conduct of UCC, and for how UCC chooses to deal with the “issues outstanding in Bhopal, particularly in relation to the remediation of the site”. It follows that Dow is necessarily responsible for UCC’s refusal to give further compensation to the victims of the Bhopal disaster, and its refusal to pay for the environmental clean-up of the Bhopal site. To state that “these outstanding issues are not the responsibility of the Dow Chemical Company” is therefore incorrect.
  • Dow distances itself from UCC implying that it does not have a relationship with UCC but Dow provides UCC products. Dealing with Dow is no guarantee that products supplied are not UCC products. Given the total convergence of Dow’s and UCC’s business, stockholders and management, there is no substantive difference between dealing with UCC and dealing with Dow. For all material purposes, including those relating to ethics and corporate responsibility, any suggested dichotomy between Dow and UCC is a false one.
  • If UCC refuses to compensate victims of the Bhopal disaster, pay for the environmental clean-up, or submit to the jurisdiction of the Indian Court in criminal proceedings, those are all decisions for which Dow has direct management control and therefore responsibility (further to point 2 above).
  • Dow is no less responsible for UCC’s conduct with regards to Bhopal than any other supplier would be with regards to a fully owned subsidiary found to be abusing human rights. For example, if UCC was found to be employing slave labour, then Dow, the supplier, as parent would rightly be held “responsible” for the acts of its subsidiary.

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Rally at #DowChemical in Washington demanding Dow attend Bhopal criminal court July 4th.

Jun 25 2014 by

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Rally at #DowChemical in Washington. #amnestyinternational demanding Dow attend #Bhopal criminal court  July 4th.

Dow Chemical was served a summons in March but Dow complained that it was ‘not properly served’. The mistake was corrected and the summons was re-served.

Dow’s wholly owned subsidiary Union Carbide Corporation (UCC) is a ‘proclaimed absconder’ from Indian justice. It is wanted on CRIMINAL charges of ‘culpable homicide not amounting to murder’. Dow has total control of UCC but has not produced UCC in court.

Dow responded to Amnesty US by saying that “UCC is, and remains today, a separate corporate entity responsible for its own debts and obligations” seeming to suggest that Dow has no intention of attending court.

Dow states that it is an entirely separate corporate entity to Union Carbide but that is not, of itself, a sufficient statement of law to divorce Dow from UCC’s legal liabilities. It is not possible to say, given that information, that “there is no justification for a claim being brought against Dow”.

A parent company may be held liable for the debts of its subsidiary in circumstances which vary between legal systems. But Dow has the legal power to control, and therefore the legal responsibility for, UCC’s current behaviour with regards to Bhopal.

This is because:

•    UCC is a wholly owned subsidiary of Dow. UCC’s board of directors is appointed by Dow and Dow can, through its shareholding, exercise actual control over UCC. If Dow wishes UCC to take, or refrain from taking, any steps with regard to its business, Dow can in practice require UCC to take those steps.

•    Dow’s relationship with UCC is much closer than a simple parent/subsidiary relationship: Dow manages all major aspects of UCC’s business: legal, accountancy, treasury, procurement, human resources, environmental, health and safety, management, etc. For all material purposes Dow runs UCC. This means that not only is Dow able to control UCC indirectly through its share ownership as a parent, it is able to control UCC directly because it manages all its business, including crucially its legal affairs. As a consequence, Dow cannot say that it is not responsible for UCC’s current behaviour when that behaviour is controlled, directly and indirectly, by Dow itself.

•    Dow’s and UCC’s operations are so intertwined that it is difficult to separate the two. UCC’s submissions to the US Securities and Exchange Commission present its business as a “component” of Dow’s business. UCC’s business is fully integrated with Dow’s. In addition, UCC sells substantially all its products to Dow (and Dow sells UCC’s products under Dow’s name). This means that a distinction between the two companies exists only in terms of formal “corporate personality”. In commercial and reporting terms the two companies are one.

•    UCC’s behaviour actually benefits Dow in so far as not paying a debt enhances a subsidiary’s ability to pay dividends to its parent. Importantly, Dow has almost certainly procured that conduct (denying Bhopal liabilities) since it is responsible for legal and accountancy services for UCC. UCC has paid dividends to Dow since completion of the acquisition in 2001. From 2009-2011 these dividends amounted to $2200m. Dow has made the choice not to require these funds to be used to compensate Bhopal survivors or decontaminate the affected area.

•    Dow is wholly responsible for the current conduct of UCC, and for how UCC chooses to deal with the “issues outstanding in Bhopal, particularly in relation to the remediation of the site”. It follows that Dow is necessarily responsible for UCC’s refusal to give further compensation to the victims of the Bhopal disaster, and its refusal to pay for the environmental clean-up of the Bhopal site. To state that “these outstanding issues are not the responsibility of the Dow Chemical Company” is therefore incorrect.

•    Dow distances itself from UCC implying that it does not have a relationship with UCC but Dow provides UCC products. Dealing with Dow is no guarantee that products supplied are not UCC products. Given the total convergence of Dow’s and UCC’s business, stockholders and management, there is no substantive difference between dealing with UCC and dealing with Dow. For all material purposes, including those relating to ethics and corporate responsibility, any suggested dichotomy between Dow and UCC is a false one.

•    If UCC refuses to compensate victims of the Bhopal disaster, pay for the environmental clean-up, or submit to the jurisdiction of the Indian Court in criminal proceedings, those are all decisions for which Dow has direct management control and therefore responsibility (further to point 2 above).

•    Dow is no less responsible for UCC’s conduct with regards to Bhopal than any other supplier would be with regards to a fully owned subsidiary found to be abusing human rights. For example, if UCC was found to be employing slave labour, then Dow, the supplier, as parent would rightly be held “responsible” for the acts of its subsidiary.

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Never Seen Before, One Year After Disaster Pictures of Bhopal

Jun 20 2014 by

Martin Stott was in  Bhopal during January and February of 1986. He took a lot of interesting photos which, for the most part, had never been printed until he offered them to us at the Bhopal Medical Appeal. A selection of the pictures can be found on our Flickr page and, below here, are Martin’s own words describing the trip. BMA Flickr Page

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‘I was commissioned by the Bhopal Victims Support Committee (BVSC) to go to Bhopal in early 1986 to support the former workers at the Union Carbide plant and gas victims in the locality because BVSC as well as campaigning for  proper compensation for the victims and medical relief for those suffering the after effects  was keen to address the longer term implications of the closure of the plant.

A request from the Gas Peedhit Rahat Samiti ( G.P.R.S. U.S. Teegal Gen Sec) (who described themselves as ‘a coalition  of former workers and gas victims’ and were formed in July 1985)  was received seeking support for someone with experience of popular planning and co-operative development initiatives in the UK to support them in ‘developing a alternative production/employment strategy for the people who have suffered in the tragedy’. The proposal was to focus on  developing an alternative production idea, particularly in terms of structures ie ways of creating  a co-operative or series of worker/community controlled initiatives which were responsive to local needs. BVSC supported an application to Quaker Peace & Service’s  ’1% Fund’ for financial support to enable me to pay for travel subsistence and accommodation while on the assignment. it was successful and i was in Bhopal in January and February 1986.

i worked with GPRS and met with other campaigning groups  including S.E.W.A (with whose Secretary Ramchanda Bharga i stayed while there) and was part of a delegation to the Union Carbide offices in Bhopal and also travelled to other parts of western India visiting groups e.g. trades unions in Mumbai, who were supporting the workers at Union Carbide, and learning about other socially useful production initiatives in India to inform the thinking in Bhopal.

Contact continued after my return including  sending relevant materials out to GPRS,  speaking at conferences in the UK(including with representatives of SEWA visiting the UK) and writing about the initiative e.g. in the New Statesman (July 1986).’
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Vote Dow for Dirtiest Corporation

Jun 12 2014 by

DowCleanUpBhopal 484x189 Vote Dow for Dirtiest Corporation bhopal medical appealVote Dow Chemical into the ‘Dirty Dozen’.

Adbusters, a Canada based anti-consumerist, pro-environment not-for-profit, organization is running a simple online campaign to expose the dozen worst corporations. Dow Chemical is particularly good at keeping itself off of the radar and did not even make the original group of twelve corporations. But, we thought that we should change that and have now voted Dow Chemical up as far as third place and with your help we can take them higher still.

EASY VOTING INSTRUCTIONS:

Go here to find the campaign: http://killcap.org/

At the bottom of the ballot, there is an option that says ‘Killacorp’ with an empty box.

Type Dow Chemical in the empty box.

Click on the circle next to your entry.

Press vote.

Please make sure to write ‘Dow Chemical’ and not ‘The Dow Chemical Company’ nor simply ‘Dow’

Make your vote and then re-visit the site as it allows a vote every day. Please pass this message around as much as you can as it would be a big shame not to see our friends Dow Chemical racing up this chart as they should!

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MUSIC FOR BHOPAL 30th Anniversary Concert

Jun 10 2014 by

December the 3rd 2014 will mark 30 years since a US owned pesticide plant in Bhopal, India leaked 27 tonnes of deadly gas and caused the world’s worst industrial disaster.

On the back of the success of the last two anniversary concerts, The Bhopal Medical Appeal will be holding a special 30th Anniversary Concert on Friday the 28th of November, 730pm at the Brighton Unitarian Church.

‘An evening of  classical music, light classical music and readings
to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Bhopal gas disaster’

Acts are to be confirmed.

Tickets: £10/£8

For more information and to purchase tickets email or phone 01273 603278

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Talk at the Centre for the Study of Women and Gender

Jun 10 2014 by

Melanie Hadida will be talking about the Bhopal Medical Appeal and Women’s Activism in Bhopal at an interdisciplinary workshop held by the Centre for the Study of Women and Gender at Warwick University on Thursday the 12th of June 4.00 – 5630pm.

Please see the flyer below for more details.

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