Clouds of injustice
Bhopal disaster 20 years on
The disaster shocked the world and raised fundamental questions about government and corporate responsibility for industrial accidents that devastate human life and local environments. Yet 20 years later, the survivors still await just compensation, adequate medical assistance and treatment, and comprehensive economic and social rehabilitation. The plant site, has still not been cleaned up. As a result, toxic wastes continue to pollute the environment and contaminate water that surrounding communities rely on.
Despite determined efforts by survivors to secure justice, they have been denied adequate compensation and appropriate and timely medical assistance and rehabilitation. Union Carbide Corporation (UCC), then owner of the pesticide factory in Bhopal, and Dow Chemicals, which merged with UCC in 2001, have publicly denied all responsibility for the leak and the resulting damage. Astonishingly, no one has been held responsible.
The Bhopal case illustrates how companies evade their human rights responsibilities and underlines the need to establish a universal human rights framework that can be applied to companies directly. Governments have the primary responsibility for protecting the human rights of communities endangered by the activities of corporations, such as those employing hazardous technology. However, as the influence and reach of companies have grown, there has been a developing consensus that they must be brought within the framework of international human rights standards.
In its report, Clouds of injustice: Bhopal disaster 20 years on, Amnesty International is:
Read the report Clouds Of Injustice: Bhopal 20 years on (ASA 20/015/2004)
Watch the video, "Twenty Years without Justice: The Bhopal Chemical Disaster" by Sanford Lewis.
Download the Clean UP Postcard ASA 20/101/2004
The Wire magazine
A complete version of the Amnesty International report on Bhopal "Clouds of Injustice: Bhopal Disaster- 20 years on", ASA 20/015/2004, is available at http://www.indianet.nl/cloudsofinjustice.pdf .
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