Saturday, March 24, 2007

The International Campaign for Justice in Bhopal

In Bhopal, the campaign for justice for the victims of the gas tragedy is celebrating a victory. After 15 days of hunger strike and active campaigning, the Government of Madhya Pradesh has agreed "to implement key demands to improve life for the survivors of the Union Carbide gas leak and ongoing water poisoning". Two of the leading figures in this campaign are Goldman Environmental Prize winners Rashida Bee and Champa Devi ( in the photo above, immediately after the government's announcement). Of course the campaign goes on, for as it stands now, compensation received by the survivors averages 6.2¢ per day. Read here what that compensation is worth. A potent driving force behind this movement are the Students for Bhopal who have mobilized strong local and international support for the campaign.


2 comments:

BOB said...

Thanks Ananya... I'm a little short of words at the moment. I did catch the first version of this post... were there legal considerations due to the comparitive reference, based on that recent development? The editorial you mentioned(linked to) didn't open for me, and my searches were futile... can you still get it? There is no excuse for an injustice like this, it's ridiculous and I can barely even fathom it. I'm sorry.

Ananya Mukherjee said...

Hi Bob, I don't have a link to the article, but I can send it to you if you give me an email address or write to me at ananya@yorku.ca.