Indian Olympics Association does not want to boycott Dow Chemical sponsored London Olympics 2012. Union Carbide (Dow Chemical subsidary) was declared a fugitive from justice by Indian courts in 1992, since they were responsible for killing 15000 plus people Bhopal Gas Tragedy (December 2–3, 1984).
Dow Chemical acquired Union Carbide as a wholly owned subsidiary in 2001.The area around the factory is densely populated and continues to be heavily contaminated by chemicals and toxins produced by the factory which Dow, despite their evident responsibility, have thus far refused to clean up.
The situation in Bhopal is a humanitarian and environmental catastrophe that continues to affect tens of thousands of people today. For further information see www.bhopal.org
By refusing to produce its fugitive subsidiary to face trial, Dow Chemical too has committed the crime of sheltering a fugitive. Both Dow and Union Carbide have failed to come forward to clean up their toxic mess in Bhopal. These wastes have poisoned the drinking water of more than 25,000 people. Children born in these communities are so deformed that they will never enjoy sports or know the joys of childhood.In another case - Vietnam, the dioxin-tainted Agent Orange supplied by Dow and other US companies has crippled more than 500,000 people. Like in the case of its victims in Bhopal, Dow has failed to do anything to compensate or rehabilitate its Vietnamese victims, or clean up their environment.
IOA is going is going to put ‘the boycott’ to debate (15th December’11).
We need to convince them that India should not participate in London Olympics 2012 unless Dow Chemical is removed as a sponsor.
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