Apr 17 2014 by Bhopal Medical Appeal
Justin Senzer, a 10th grader at Herricks High School, won a First Place Senior Individual Documentary award during the 34th Annual Long Island Regional History Day Contest at Hofstra University.
His documentary, about the Bhopal Disaster, will now go forward to the State level competition where we wish him the very best of luck.
Justin was so moved by the story of Bhopal, and the ongoing disaster, that he has set up his own petition, on the change.org site, calling for Dow Chemical to do the right thing and clean up Union Carbide’s remaining toxic mess in Bhopal.
Click for Justin’s petition
Apr 14 2014 by Bhopal Medical Appeal
Friend of Bhopal, and featured Getty Images photographer, Giles Clarke, reports on a well supported action in NYC last Friday, 11th April.
Photo (c) Giles Clarke 2014
300 plus supporters for ‘Justice for Bhopal’ gather outside the Indian Mission in New York City today – with Bhopal survivor Sanjay Verma and Amnesty International’Take Action’ supporters in NYC.
This year marks the 30th anniversary of the worlds worst industrial. On December2 1984 a toxic gas explosion in a Union Carbide (now Dow Chemical) factory killed over 8,000 overnight and some 25,000 to date. Over 100,000 people are currently battling debilitating illnesses directly related to the disaster while ten of thousands of children are born with crippling deformities. Dow Chemical and the Indian government are key stakeholders in this disaster but so far have failed to take any steps to clean up the still contaminated site or resolve the health crisis. Many victims are treated by the Sambhavna Trust Clinic.
Amnesty International urges the UN Human Rights Council to break silence on the Bhopal issue and pressure the US government to address and comply with ongoing legal actions and demand Dow Chemical clean up Bhopal rather than be complicit in this terrible situation.
Photo (c) Mickey Z 2014
Apr 4 2014 by Bhopal Medical Appeal
A brilliant social media campaign is being orchestrated by ‘Dow-Watch’ a project of the US based ‘Center for Food Safety’. You can find out how to get involved by following this link: Dow-Watch ACTION
There are ready made images to post, and share, on Facebook; messages to post on Dow’s and the USDA’s Facebook pages; and there are ready made Tweets to share.
Please get involved!
Apr 1 2014 by Bhopal Medical Appeal
Please have a look at Autorickshaw’s great new video for their song ‘City of Lakes’. All proceeds from this song go to the Sambhavna Clinic and we cannot thank Autorickshaw enough for their effort and their generosity.
You can find the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BydB4_tUnP8
Mar 31 2014 by Bhopal Medical Appeal
Sunday morning. About 8 my time. I have just turned on BBC Radio 3, which is the classical music station. Nothing quite like that for a Sunday morning. I sometimes think it strange how Sunday morning always ‘feels’ different – no matter which country I am in and even before churches etc have started. Even here when Friday is the important Mosque day (40% Muslim), Sunday is still the day that feels different. All I need now, as I used to say to Nicolas, a Frenchman, is croissants and coffee!
Maybe I need to go to some other countries!
You know something? No-one else but myself takes a blind bit of notice of my schedule! I cannot understand why they are not as interested in it as am I!
A week at Chingari: (ignore my spelling of the names)
Khattek is one of the older children. He arrives in the second batch of busses and makes his way to our room. His legs are folded under him and of little use. He swings along using his hands and this is making his spine rounded. He also has some spondylosis which of course does not help. He has a wonderful smile.
Zoya has also seen me every day. She is a young hyper-active child, doesn’t speak and also has weak musculature. Initially she wanted to play but I have managed to have her lie down for a short time, as you see. She is more interested in the camera of course!
This little boy, Manmohan Singh, is about a metre tall and 10 years old. He is a bright lad for his age but suffers with Muscular Dystrophy (MD) and Hydrocephalus. That is his mother with him on the left and his little sister. I think he shows an amazing calmness – Rishi treats him on most days.
Amman is another of the (seemingly increasing) number of boys with MD. He is the left-most boy, just to the right of the sports teacher. This may look like just a board game but it involves flicking a disk with a finger to knock another disk into a corner pocket. They used to play it at Sambhavna. So it is good practice at hand-eye coordination as well as exercise for the fingers which are often among the most affected muscle groups.
This Friday, Huma and Rishi were messing with my hat so I have to show them here:
You can follow Ian Jarvis’ blog ‘A Bhopal Diary’ here: abhopaldiary.blogspot.co.uk
Mar 24 2014 by Bhopal Medical Appeal
Public Interest Environmental Law, Annual Conference. Friday 11 April, 2014, 09:30 – 18:00hrs. Cass Business School, 106 Bunhill Row, London WC1Y 8TZ
The world’s corporations are bigger than ever, and their influence in today’s world is unprecedented. In an era where humans can transform nature but are also extremely vulnerable to natural changes, and where anthropogenic climate change is now incontrovertible, intensified human activity is driving us towards ecological disaster. Do we move to rein in corporate power and its environmental impact? Or should we empower corporations to find innovative solutions in our race against time?
Amongst the speakers at the PIEL UK 2014 Conference will be Tim Edwards, managing Trustee of the BMA, who will be speaking on behalf of the International Campaign for Justice in Bhopal. The theme of his presentation will be : The Bhopal Tragedy: A Case Study in Corporate Impunity. He will be joined by Ms.Elspeth Owens, proposing ‘Litigation as a Tool to Change’, and Dr.Carrie Bradshaw ‘Is CSR’ the solution?’.
After the keynote speech, by Judge C.G.Weeramantry, the conference continues with a range of topics presented by expert speakers and further detials of the rest of the conference can be found here: Public Interest Environmental Law, Annual Conference
Feb 24 2014 by Bhopal Medical Appeal
On 27 February 2012, WikiLeaks began publishing more than five million emails from the Texas-headquartered “global intelligence” company Stratfor. The emails revealed, amongst other things, that Dow Chemical were using Stratfor to spy on the Bhopal justice campaign and on us, the Bhopal Medical Appeal. In fact, we had long suspected that we were being subjected to some kind of surveillance but this was the first time we ever had concrete proof. The unexpected bonus was that, thanks to the timing of the revelations, our campaign opposing Dow Chemical’s sponsorship of the London Olympics was given an enormous global boost.
Jeremy Hamond was amongst those who took a massive personal risk to reveal this information and In November 2012, after being held for eight months without trial, he was denied bail and warned that he could face life imprisonment for the Stratfor leaks. After pleading guilty to one count of violating the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, he was sentenced on November 15, 2013, to the maximum of ten years in prison, followed by three years of supervised release.
Below is a statement of solidarity from Jeremy Hammond from his prison cell at FCI Manchester, Kentucky.
MESSAGE OF SOLIDARITY WITH BHOPAL SURVIVORS:
Rebel greetings! I want to voice full support for the survivors of the Bhopal gas disaster in their struggle for justice against Dow, a multinational corporation that continues to do everything they can to avoid taking responsibility.
Two years ago I hacked the intelligence company Stratfor and handed over all of their private email correspondence to WikiLeaks for publishing. Amongst the revelations was proof that Dow hired Stratfor to monitor the activities of Bhopal survivor activist groups.
To add further insult to injury, Dow is now suing dozens of these activist groups for 25 million Indian rupees!
This shows how profiteering multinational corporations like Dow will abuse the courts and influence international conventions so that they can continue to attack worker conditions, fair wages and environmental regulations. The UN, of which Dow sits as a Foundation member, has turned a blind eye to this human rights disaster for 30 years.
Justice will not be found in their courts so we must bring it to them in the streets. Dow’s recent tactics of desperation shows how they are worried that these activists are succeeding in bringing attention to their crimes. We must continue to expose and confront Dow!