[QODLink]
Asia
Bhopal outrage at Dow Chemical Olympics' deal
Union Carbide still haunts victims of 1984 disaster as parent company becomes sponsor of 2012 games.
Last Modified: 03 Dec 2011 10:35

The naming of Dow Chemical as an official sponsor of the 2012 Olympic Games in London has caused outrage in India.

Dow Chemical is the parent company of the firm responsible for the world's worst industrial disaster, the Union Carbide gas leak in Bhopal, India.

Twenty-seven years after the initial leak, residents in Bhopal still suffer from the long-term medical complications of the Union Carbide disaster and are seeking justice, proper compensation and medical care.

In a statement to Al Jazeera, the London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games (LOCOG), said: "Having carefully looked in to this issue and based on everything we know and have seen from Dow, we stand behind them both as a worldwide sponsor of the Olympic movement and as a supplier to LOCOG."

Al Jazeera's Sohail Rahman reports from Bhopal, where the community still gathers every year to mourn the dead and demand justice.

Source:
Al Jazeera
Topics in this article
Country
City
Featured on Al Jazeera
More than one-quarter of Gaza's population has been displaced, causing a humanitarian crisis.
Ministers and MPs caught on camera sleeping through important speeches have sparked criticism that they are not working.
Muslim charities claim discrimination after major UK banks began closing their accounts.
Italy struggles to deal with growing flood of migrants willing to risk their lives to reach the nearest European shores.
Featured
Thousands of Houthi supporters have called for the fall of Yemen's government. But what do the Houthis really want?
New ration reductions and movement restrictions have refugees from Myanmar anxious about their future in Thailand.
US lawyers say poor translations of election materials disenfranchise Native voters.
US drones in Pakistan have killed thousands since 2004. How have leaders defended or decried these deadly planes?
Residents count the cost of violence after black American teenager shot dead by white Missouri police officer.
join our mailing list