Salil Shetty, Amnesty International’s Secretary General talks about the new film, A Prayer for Rain and the Bhopal disaster.
Amnesty International continues to campaign to seek justice for the people whose lives were affected by the Bhopal chemical disaster in India in 1984.
The chemical leak occurred on the night of 2–3 December 1984 at the Union Carbide India Limited (UCIL) pesticide plant in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh. The authorities subsequently released figures in 2006 detailing that the disaster caused 558,125 injuries including 38,478 temporary partial injuries and approximately 3,900 severely and permanently disabling injuries.
In 2001, Dow acquired Union Carbide Corporation (UCC), the US-based multinational that was majority owner of the company that operated the plant at the time of the leak. The Dow Chemical Company must stop dodging its responsibility towards the survivors of the Bhopal disaster
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