Midnight 2-3 December, 1984. Over
40 tonnes of highly poisonous methyl isocyanate gas leaked out of
the pesticide factory of Union Carbide in Bhopal. Thousands died
in the immediate aftermath. At least 10,000 have died in the
years that have passed, and 10 more are dying every month due to
The hundreds of thousands who survived, however, face a fate
worse than death. They suffer from acute breathlessness, brain
damage, menstrual chaos, loss of immunity; some journalist have
dubbed it chemical AIDS. But far from receiving sympathy or
assistance from those responsible, the survivors are being
treated as though they are criminals.
Twelves years later, the Corporation continues to victimise
them by withholding information about the gas and possible
courses of treatment. And the Government still fails to provide
basic medical care and health services.
In February 1989, the Government sold out the people it claimed
to represent, by agreeing to a settlement of just US$ 470 million
with the Corporation. Despite concrete evidence that the
tragedy occurred due to unsafe design and reckless cost-cutting,
it has lacked the will to take any action against the
Corporation. It continues to ignore the repeated directives of
the Bhopal court to extradite Warren Anderson and other senior
officials of Union Carbide who face charges of manslaughter and
other criminal offences.
In addition, the Government has not set up any effective
mechanism to ensure that compensation reaches the survivors
before it is too late. It has done next to nothing to
rehabilitate them with hygienic living conditions and appropriate
Instead, the Government has had survivors beaten up, arrested and
even jailed for demanding justice in Bhopal.
But the survivors are not giving up. They believe that the
judgement of the last 12 years, is not the final judgement on
Bhopal. They are determined to continue their fight for justice.
Because they hope for a safer world - a world with No More
Bhopals. Help make it happen.
MOURN THE DEAD
FIGHT FOR THE LIVING
let it happen again. Insist
upon the enforcement of planning and safety standards in the
construction of the Institute of Molecular Biology at the
University of Queensland, adjoining residential St Lucia in
Biohazard Action Alliance members are
seeking release of the much delayed EIA for the giant CSIRO/UQ
joint building project to not only give a clear comparison of the
relative environmental merits of each of the alternative sites
proposed, but to also ensure the risks to the community from the
potential hazards are accurately described and assessed.
Whatever the conditions allowed today might be,
Australians will be demanding much higher standards in planning,
on emission control, and in the management of high risk
laboratories in residential areas in the future.
Biohazard Action Alliance,
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