On the occasion of the United Nations Social Justice Day (February 20th), the International Campaign for Justice in Bhopal (ICJB) will be launching a United Nations campaign. The Bhopal gas disaster has reached its 30th year, and has gotten significantly worse for the affected communities. We ask:
(1) Why the United Nations has been silent on the ongoing plight of the victims of the Bhopal gas disaster, and;
(2) Why it has chosen to partner with the Dow Chemical Company, which in purchasing the Union Carbide Corporation (UCC), has inherited the legal liabilities of the Bhopal gas disaster.
Finally, we ask that UN agencies be involved in easing the plight of survivors, and specifically for technical assistance from UNEP for the scientific assessment of the contamination of soil and groundwater in and around Union Carbide’s abandoned factory in Bhopal, India.
Friends of ICJB will be delivering this letter on February 20th to the United Nations headquarters in New Delhi and New York.
We invite you to join us on this important occasion, which marks the beginning of a year-long campaign. We will be meeting at 10:00am EST outside Church Center, 777 UN Plaza.