• Item #A649
  • ISBN: 000862103649
  • Copyright 2004
  • 98 pp.
  • Price: $10.95

Clouds of Injustice

Bhopal Disaster 20 Years On

By Amnesty International


This Amnesty International report uses the Bhopal case to illustrate corporate evasion of human rights responsibilities and underlines the need to establish a universal human rights framework for business, based on the UN Norms for Business. The report states it is imperative for such standards to be implemented and a mechanism to enforce them be put in place, "to hold companies accountable and guarantee redress for the victims."

This is a "first" for the international human rights watchdog group to acknowledge that corporations — as well as governments — can be charged, directly, with human rights crimes. Amnesty's direct scrutiny of the activities of corporations employing hazardous technology codifies a developing consensus that multinational corporations must be brought within the framework of international human rights standards.

The report notes that even as the Bhopal disaster shocked the world and raised fundamental questions about government and corporate responsibility for industrial accidents that devastate human life and local environments, twenty years later, the plant site has still not been cleaned up, the survivors still await just compensation, adequate medical assistance and treatment, and comprehensive economic and social rehabilitation. As a result, toxic wastes continue to pollute the environment and contaminate water that surrounding communities rely on.