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seven thirty pm in moscow we're taking a look back at the week's top stories on our team tens of thousands rallied peacefully in the russian capital demanding a rerun of the parliamentary vote while president dmitry medvedev that was polled reforms promising an overhaul of the country's political system. international pressure mounting on the syrian regime to end its crackdown on protesters as violence intensifies across the country but the people struggling under a set of western sanctions soaring prices and food shortages have hit the already impoverished population hard. at the end of any hero while north korea mourns the death of its ruler kim jong il his youngest son steps into power hailed as the new
supreme leader news of his passing but the secretive states neighbor is on high alert and with years of regional uncertainty. up next a special report on people in india still suffering the effects of one of the world's worst industrial disasters in both paul more than a quarter century later stay with us. i'm of the old notion of the corporation is based on what's called limited liability limited liability means that individual participants are. not be charged with crimes that the corporation commits they can to 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 a disregard for human life and maybe the nicest people. 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 declare itself the sole representative of the victims and proceeded to to sort out the case for four hundred seventy million dollars which was so cheap the union carbide start went up by two dollars a share a set of numbers of people who could not mean that it could be such a grew old sellout because the union government agreed to set 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 for 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 should get 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 badly. it's in good health. they are gas and water victim children it's deformity 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 but . you're welcome. i love and. good afternoon c.h.r.y. this is only summer f.m. to la and i'm joined on the line by sun j. very mom 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 the right before i was a few months already. so and well i don't and really don't know why i asked myself because i had no one with me at the better meeting at my school so she was like they all died that i had and or. i would be. in my own that you would and i remarried. sunday was. his sister was nine his elder 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 that. my mother and father were. the bodies of three sisters by. the other two i mean. 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 in a swiss children's village. but it is a godsend because there 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 blood that all came up
and organize it and. then automatically i myself was in the fight and i joined like other organizations i think. now we are like no longer young guys factory. playing then all know how contaminated the factory how on going again the soil on the factories there like security inside the factory might not paying attention towards them. why we did this study we just want to extend those chemical contamination build a factory and i will die and see if there is a link because there by moving it is going to go on for going to school that's the site because if you got the site justified it is using if you look at all the
guys here men's room and luckily enough and it was very high. mostly i thought and want to die one of the phone mostly as. you know in fact been a very beautiful and 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 bottom 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 believed that. by doing it and they had 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 from the. lining and then need to go 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 reaching through the aqua for and spreading into the surrounding communities and can be detected as far away as three kilometers from the main plant campus so that evacuation was before the very high was going to be used the idea was using. and was this really an isolated at
a recent one. off the fact. that is still being. needed water. or a will remain a source of pollution for this area until it's remediated and the party that can do that is you know are several more at 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 really 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 but union carbide is now a wholly owned subsidiary. two thousand one third the boards of carbide approve the burger agreement create the world's second largest chemical. does complicate things and doesn't because the law on contamination is very clear in india and in the us and which is the principle of the 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 shouldn't be the government's responsibility to clean up at public expense after private polluters. so i got no i don't know that is one
of the. people. drinking contaminated water you see. in the neighborhood and then we've got a lot of this bomb tested every founded highly contaminated but they do not have any other choice and they are drinking this water. it was like some time 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 that. i'm going to die in a few men so take care of yourselves 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. many more there was talk my brother to the hospital and finally here to write that thing. before that he had run into
a jungle where food he had tried to set him off fire. he didn't have any physical problems 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 involved it's getting worse. it made up my mind if we blame each other for everything when no solution will come . a government blames the company we blame the government the government suffers the company so first and most importantly the people who suffer. i don't 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 god they he said to me your governments like ditching you they have been digging people from
. so if you're gonna listen or villain 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 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 he'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 it was all the rest against mr wong and. i mr anderson has been a beautiful. new york of course. it was a bone of pleasure we're looking at we're going to be inventive and one of the implications is for a nation which more than thirty thousand people and the. problems this can problems that is this is through. all of our second best 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 . don't take any. somebody stored in. a record
country and started. working through the population but the leaders were willing to take the risk to the. this want to respond in this stock to leave the government just pimping for chemicals and these are the same people who have so far stalled justice for the victims. but we strongly feel that on this occasion of the twenty seventh anniversary we will be able to destroy the nexus and we will get justice. they have not yet on the other one. of the people of the prints.
is not. really have. what is needed. i was hired. for you. to bring all of the computer applications. i saw. because they are more concerned about bottom line profit than anything i just decided that i was making a profit for just the wrong. decision purchase union carbide knowing these were outstanding so when you purchase the assets of a company purchased those liability. we are just asking for our right to clean water union carbide is fully exploited the sort of international dimension of this problem it informs the american courts that new york law can't because these events
took place in india the same time this doesn't apply so in effect they're arguing that they're above the law so there are. for. of course international law has no role in force laws of force for somebody. if the united states doesn't force a. political but they should take responsibility for. dime from the water no one is offering clean water they have no choice. dow chemical go to how it's going to how do how. ages of dow should be spanked. if you look at subject to the jurisdiction of a deal then you have to submit to the american boards and the american courts after do something about.
this in two thousand and four the supreme court's directed the government to provide clean and safe water but the government the state from central has failed to honor the supreme court order. and then they 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 the assoc line these pipes is duty and not. all speak up some kids and dad could buy to petition the mission control board certified against any high concentrations of life but do so knowing this water is what is being supplied to locals who have given their lives. and all the. company should realize that it cannot break this country's.
i budget if we win this fight outsiders will gain nothing again will be for years the people of palm. you know what we have asked for is the clean up cost union carbide should clean all the poisonous and powerful toxic chemicals that are stored inside the plant. 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. and 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 the growing water 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 for 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 the authority to summon the government what they have. said to be if they want this ruling. and if you're right the ship off the coast that. they were on the so i list in calls they are so good if they have submitted a letter or the that's all over the local police your i think i. am any ideas from our research one thing is very clear the union carbide india factory is infected with poison food it is a poison which will not lead to death just by touching it so i can understand why the 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'm saying is that the factory should be cleaned as soon as possible.
god has given you a dispute worth all the facilities that god has given everything here why destroyed . that all 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 his undergoing the pursuit of profit. and what inflation will follow 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 hope that this is my hour the twang day or the strength from the rest of the world who will get justice from dull company that i get. the twenty fifth anniversary is 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 the old pollute the water that the people have to drink . the 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 in our lives. we should never allow down to continue their poisonous business in any other city in the world so that another book power will not be repeated. eat any worsley gives us more spirit gives us more and go to judgment people i'll know what i have been for and may get more support than the previous year if there is justice and
this world would be safer for all of us today 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 am.
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