New York: Nearly 1,000 members and supporters of Amnesty International demonstrated in front of the J P Morgan Chase’s headquarters here demanding that the bank take up the case of victims of gas leak from Union Carbide pesticide plant in Bhopal with Dow Chemical which now owns it.
Thousands of people were killed when deadly gas leaked from the plant 3 December, 1984.
The protest was part of Amnesty International Group 133’s annual Get-On-The-Bus´ rally during which it demonstrates at different venues for various causes which it seeks to agitate.
The Group said that the company, which is a major investor in Dow Chemical, met with a delegation of protesters at which they explained the liability of the Union Carbide which now, they contend, falls on Dow Chemical.
In a statement, they said bank made no commitment but they plan to hold further meetings with the company.
This was the first time that the protesters targeted a corporation rather than government and reflects Amnesty’s recognition that businesses are also engaged in human rights violations around the world, it said.
Bhopal action organiser Anna Phelan said, “By demonstrating outside JP Morgan Chase’s World Headquarters, we are sending a clear message to the company’s management that promises by the company concerning its environmental and social obligations must be matched with action, especially in Bhopal.”