“Call for Justice for victims of Bhopal Gas Disaster in India”
Film Night and Panel Discussion – Bhopali, April 24, 2012 at Lethbridge Public library starting
Admission is free
BHOPALI documents the experience of second generation children affected by the Union Carbide gas disaster of 1984 in India, the worst industrial disaster in history, and subsequent contamination of groundwater by Union Carbide Corporation (an American company now owned by Dow Chemical, the second largest chemical company in the world). Set against the backdrop of vehement protests for the 25th anniversary of the disaster, the Bhopalis continue to fight for justice, proving to be anything but victims.
Thousands were killed and more than 100,000 were affected by the contaminants. 26 years have passed since the disaster, yet the suffering continues and, for the victims, justice has yet to be seen. Survivors and human rights groups have been campaigning for Dow to address the ongoing health and environmental impacts of the disaster. However, Dow has consistently rejected any responsibility for UCC’s liabilities in Bhopal.
Dow Chemical Company has been granted a contract to provide a decorative fabric wrap to encircle London’s Olympic Stadium during the next year’s Games. The International Olympic Committee and games’ organizers continue (for now) solidly and uncritically to back Dow as a sponsor, despite harsh criticism from Amnesty and others. India will be partially boycotting the London Games, refusing to send an official delegation to the opening or closing ceremonies. Symbolic yes, but an embarrassment nonetheless for the London organizers and for Dow Chemical.
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