Q: What were you up to 27 years ago?

Q: What were you up to 27 years ago?

A: ‘No good’ is the answer in the case of Union Carbide Corporation (UCC).

UCC is the company that held a majority share in the Indian subsidiary that owned and operated a plant and was responsible for a gas leak in Bhopal in India. The gas leak killed tens of thousands of people and has left more than 100, 000 victims with horrific and serious health problems that continue to this day.

Q: Were people given justice?

A: The victims of the appalling Bhopal chemical spill are still left without justice, 27 years on.

Q: That’s a tragic and disgraceful story of corporate neglect on the one side, and of suffering and despair for local people on the other. But what’s the connection to the UK, what is the connection to London? What can we do about it?

A: Well, UCC is now owned by a company called Dow.

Q: Then Dow should be publically shamed then shouldn’t they, their name emblazoned on a public stadium in disgrace? Is that the plan?

A: Not quite – in fact, the complete opposite. Dow are going to be glorified as one of the major sponsors awarded a lucrative contract for the London 2012 Olympic Games, which you may just have heard mention of.

Q: Someone should tell The London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) and its chairman Lord Sebastian Coe immediately, shouldn’t they! What a terrible mistake! Why haven’t you told them?

A: Well we did, but last week Lord Coe wrote a letter to Amnesty International dismissing our human rights concerns about Dow.

Q: Shouldn’t we alert the media?

A: Good idea.

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