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Tuesday, November 30, 2004

Amnesty International Report Portrays Bhopal as a Continuing Disaster
As reported in The New York Times (Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2004), the international human rights organization Amnesty International has released a new report which contends that, almost twenty years after the world’s worst industrial disaster, the Union Carbide plant site in Bhopal, India has still not been cleaned up, the survivors are still waiting for compensation, and the companies responsible have gone unpunished.

In its report, “Clouds of Injustice,” Amnesty International states that “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.”

The new First Run/Icarus Films documentary release, LITIGATING DISASTER, reveals how Union Carbide successfully manipulated both the U.S. and the Indian legal systems against each other, in order to avoid having to defend its record in the Bhopal plant in court. Featuring, a young Indian-American lawyer, the film follows the case he brought on behalf of the victims in front of the Federal District Court in New York. Case number 99CIV 11239 has survived two motions to dismiss, and is now proceeding to trial.

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