tv [untitled] December 22, 2011 12:30pm-1:00pm EST
it's nine thirty pm in moscow easier r.t. headline russia needs democracy but not chaos president medvedev outlines the primary challenges facing russia saying the country is on the brink of a new political era where every voice will be heard. arab league observers arrive in syria as the conflict there reaches a bloody peak and international sanctions cause living conditions to deteriorate. and tightening the noose on america's controversial death penalty plugs the flow of drugs designed to kill us the death row inmates. up next part two of our special
report about the story of survivors of the world's most notorious industrial disaster we hear from the victims still fighting for justice against the corporation responsible for a gas leak in the indian city of bhopal which killed at least fifteen thousand people. i'm an old notion of the corporation is based on what's called limited liability limited liability means that individual participants and cannot be charged with crimes of the corporation commits the kind to a very limited one of the major runs its course and. the corporation acts in such a way that kills the managers the c.e.o. and the shareholders have limited liability and it's not disregard for human life that maybe the nicest people in the world maybe give to charity. but in their institutional rule as managers of the corporation there is
a task that they asked. that task is to maximize profit in markets here. if they don't do that they're out and somebody else is in the dust of the indian government meanwhile declares itself the sole representative of the victims and proceeded to sort out the case for four hundred seventy million dollars which was sort of cheap the union carbide start went up by two dollars a share of the settlement was announced if you could not mean that it could be such a grew old sellout because the union government agreed to settle all bonds to present and future liabilities for a sum as small as four hundred seventy million dollars. people received as little as five hundred dollars but lifelong injuries and. unpunished. i believe whatever happened in the past we cannot change it but what is happening
now is in our control it's been twenty seven years and the government should least do something like people seek a clean water because the ground water is contaminated whoever survived that night and whatever life is left for the gas victims they should get proper treatment so they can spend the rest of that lie. it's in good health. they are gas and water victim children grow deformities and their future has to be kept in mind so that these kids can live a proper life and so that their parents do not take them to some sort of burden which i think. you're welcome. i love and that's. good afternoon c.h.r.y. this is only summer f.m. to la and i'm joined on the line by son jay very much who is an activist in the bhopal campaign and also a survivor of the terrible disaster in one thousand nine hundred eighty four so sanjay can you tell us
a bit about what happened to you on the night of december third one thousand nine hundred four well i was born in july before you month or let it happen in a moment. and i don't and really don't know why i asked myself because i had no one with me at the parent meeting at my school. they all died that i had and. i would be. i really know very in my own eye that you and i are in ari. sunday was. his sister was nine his older brother i mean he was only thirteen and these were the only people left alive in a family of. my family old runaways i was told later two
of them died in hospital. my mother and father were. the bodies of three sisters who have by. the other two i missed. they lost their parents. and three sisters and two brothers call in one night. my bad and. my family members die because of this back to. the system when students didn't. but it is a godsend because it was a thousand people at but according to the people who were carrying out bodies from the. seven thousand to ten thousand people that died in the next seventy two hours and. twenty five thousand people have died. i remember my but that all came up
and organize it and. then automatically i myself got involved in the fight and i joined like other organizations i think. now i realize the longer you guys actually. playing then all know how contaminated the factories how on going again the soil on the factories they're like security inside the factory money not paying attention bores them. why we did this study we just want to just extend those chemical contamination build a factory and i'll die and see if there is a link it's just there by moving it is going to go on for going to school that's the site because if you've got
a limited pesticide justifies it is using if you look at all the guys here men's room and. it's all very high. most of the day i did it all and want to die one of the phone mostly as i knew it wasn't you know in fact been invented i did this photo get out and you can still see the structure of the thing and they're close not surprising that the ground is very high on both them ok. we have received very important documents in this case that i think established very clearly that union carbide knew in advance as early as nine hundred seventy three that this pollution problem that we are facing today they knew this was going to happen and they and they went ahead with this project despite that specific knowledge as early as one nine hundred seventy three union carbide engineers or warning the company that the plant presents an unusual challenge in that there's no nearby running body of water into which waste can be discharged so from the design stage waste disposal plant
was and was a major concern. a lot of the waste streams from the plant emptied into the area of the plant known as the solar evaporation pond area. and this is where the waste and toxic sludge were dumped basically and carby we're standing right on top of it and the other side as you can see there used to be a small leak which she also used as a dumping ground for they waste people depended on the water from the link so they drank it and it cost and pedantic. union carbide knew from the design stage that the bhopal plant could pollute groundwater they also knew that there was a there was a surrounding community that used that groundwater for its drinking water supply. so they believe that they can get. by. and then when they had like some
kind of sludge so they took all of us from. here and there and you see this black lining. the ground of this landfill they believe that this kind of lining if. it can get. away. every day i don't hear. we believe the solar evaporation ponds continues to be a source of the subsurface water pollution that's now leeching through the article for and spreading into the surrounding community and can be detected as far away as three kilometers from the main plant campus so that it. was before very high was going to be used the idea was. and one.
isolated recent one. the fact. that is still being. needed water. will remain a source of pollution for this area until it is remedial and the party that can do that is you know december will mark the twenty fifth anniversary of the tragedy at a union carbide india ltd facility in bhopal and even today continues to evoke strong emotions globally and rightfully so we're saddened however that despite all that has been written about the tragedy in the past twenty five years so many misconceptions still exist about union carbide and it's wrong the government of india is the appropriate entity to address any i'm going to express by the people of bhopal we are saddened by the fact that the site remains on remediated adding to the tragedy that has occurred the site today is in the hands of the state government of madhya pradesh the state government. and together with the central
government they are trying to get the site cleaned up union carbide is now a wholly owned subsidiary. two thousand one third the board. carbide approved the bill at the burger agreement create the world's second largest chemical. does complicate things and does it because the law on contamination is very clear in india and in the us and which is the principal polluter pays principle is the idea under international law that the liability for pollution should always be traced back to the polluter the polluter should not be able to externalize the costs of pollution onto society at large or a third party it should be the government's responsibility to clean up at public expense after private polluters. so. i know that is one
of those. people. drinking contaminated water you see this is like one of the. neighborhood and then we got a lot of this bomb test bed. highly contaminated but they do not have any other choice and they are drinking this water. it would like sometime two thousand and four it was sometime in the evening. when i eased back to my home there was a letter written by my brother. brad. i'm going to die in a few men so take care of yourself and he was like he was laying on his back in this room so i had to phone one of my one of my brother's friends and they said i need. more the us took my brother to the hospital and finally he had to write that thing. before that he had run into
a jungle where food and he had tried to set him on fire. he didn't have any physical problem and. his sickness was that of paranoia and fear that if anyone came over then she would go and hide in the bathroom he used to say she could hear a voice in his mind i believe that a wall inhales with time but in bhopal case it's getting worse. to get made over mom if we blame each other for everything then no solution will come. government blames the company we blame the government part of the government so first the company suffers and most importantly the people who suffer. i'm going to remember actually who was the media person who asked me this question who do you blame to work surely according to you. before i answer to his question he said your godman but he said to me your government's like ditching you they have been digging
people from. so if you are going is not willing to help you then what will you. do for you. on that but i'm not particular night on the second and third december some gases from the union carbide leaks and some of the people died to being an autopsy surgeon it was my moral duty to find out what the cause of death was. after analysis it was established that cyanide was present along with nearly twenty million components are to which it team were deadly. like in hiroshima and nagasaki it had an adverse effect on their genes so similarly this adverse effect of the gases causing genetic mutation in india. would like that we don't speak because it's not a good image of all india in america they don't want to talk about because in spite
of the fact that there is a wall of and fall the rest against mr wong and. i mr anderson has retired in a beautiful house in. new york and of course. it was a bone of glacier we're looking at we're going to be inventive and one of the implications is putting nation which more than thirty thousand people and the people. i've known about the problems this can problems that is this is through the. industrial. are sick and that's the position that having to get specific governments are not in business to protect the population. that's what they say they are but it's usually a pretty low priority. don't take any. story of. a record
country that started off with losers. loss of the. crew the population but the leaders were willing to take the risk or it was the. in. this want to respond as an us stock to leave the government is pimping for chemicals and these are the same people who. feel that on this occasion of the twenty seventh anniversary we will be able to stronger than mixes justice. they have not yet on the other one. of the people of the prints.
is not. really. what is needed. i was hired. for. to bring all of the computer applications. i saw. because they are more concerned about. anything i just decided that i was making. the decision. so when you purchase the assets of a company purchased. we are just asking for our right to clean water. exploited. this problem it informs the american courts that new york law.
because these events took place in india. doesn't apply so in effect they're arguing that they're above them. for. of course international has no role in forced the laws out in force for some but it's worse if the united states doesn't force them. but it will be should take responsibility for. dime from the water no one is offering clean water they have no choice. dow chemical go to how it go to how to how. agents of dow should be spanked. if you look at the subject to the jurisdiction of india then you have to submit to the american boards and the american courts after doing something about. this in two thousand and four the supreme court's directed the government to
provide clean and safe water but the government to stage some central has failed to honor the supreme court order. them on the promise that by november two thousand and nine the government would supply clean water but that's a promise was never fulfilled but some pipelines were laid in some areas but not in every area the water they're supplying the spikes is duty and not. all speak up some kids and dad could buy different ish the mission control board certified against any high concentrations of oil like that do so knowingly this water is what is being supplied to the locals to have given their lives. on the. company should be a license but it cannot break this country's laws.
i budget if we win this fight outsiders will gain nothing again will be for years the people of. you know what we have asked for is the clean up cost union carbide should clean all the poisonous and harmful toxic chemicals that are stored inside the plant. to the groundwater which is polluted in a radius of three kilometers around the plant should be cleaned and union carbide should be paid for about to. bring anderson to india bring them here dow chemical leave india leave india on top of that we have asked for compensation for the victims who are suffering. it's our mission to fight for people who are weak people who cannot fight for themselves or even know how.
union carbide should bear these expenses because in the coming ten to fifteen years people will keep getting affected due to contamination and will be more prone to cancers like diseases given audios madea's we are fighting for our society we are fighting for our country we are fighting for gas victims. it's only by virtue of the fact that this afternoon if it indeed. able to exist. that's come. out this year a fresh known bailable warrant has been issued for anderson. and if the government fails to wake up and help then we are committed to fight the next twenty seven years against the nexus between the company and the government the process could change dramatically if the indian government intervene the states have done something in the film and i made them not and they don't have to be afforded to
someone in the government what they have. said to be if they want this ruling. and interview i think it was for the first. they were all this i was in court they have subpoenaed they have submitted a letter all of the that's all it will take for your eye. and any ideas from our research one thing is very clear the union carbide india factory is infected with poison frank it is a poison which will not lead to death just by touching it so i can understand why their money pradesh government is saying there is no poison. but it is also true that it's a kind of poison that is leaking into our environment that is the main thing i am saying is that the factory should be cleaned as soon as possible.
god has given you this beautiful word but all the facilities that god has have given everything here why destroyed. felt come on friends join the march with the victims and show that your passion has not cooled down. i. has not turned down because we did not get justice and unless we get justice a passion will never sleep now. every year millions of people are dying because of this unburdened the pursuit of profit. in what inflation will fall a saying is that you cannot do it in far not allowed to do it because life is sacred and that cannot be violated and. i think that this is my our the twang day or the strength from the rest of the world who will get justice from dell company that i. did one hundred fifth anniversary
was just to learn my before your father verse read the first of the diverse read will be as important for the final goal. not goal is to clean the factory farm all those toxic effluent which still pollute the water that the people have to drink. and amazon i want the world to understand the crime of these companies they profit from the analysts products as they show on t.v. . the same products poison our lives. we should never allow down to continue their poisonous business in any other city in the world so that another book powell who will not be repeated by e.j. we're sorry gives us more spirit gives us more encouragement people i'll know what i have been for and we get more support every year then the previous year if there
is justice in this world it would be safer for all of us to live because it would set a precedent a parent company cannot set up a subsidiary somewhere in the world create a large scale environmental problem there and then when the time comes to fix liability sell off its local subsidiary and then retreat to the united states or any other developed country and a basically say that nobody can sue them here nobody can hold them accountable so that's the sort of context in which if our litigation were to be successful it would set important precedent. i and. i am.
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