December 2009 Archives

25th Anniversary of the Bhopal gas leak disaster

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Twenty-five years ago a Union Carbide plant in a densely populated part of the city of Bhopal, India, leaked some 40 tons of poisonous gas, which diffused into the surrounding settlements to kill people in their sleep. Some 8-10,000 people died within the first 72 hours and another 15,000 people have died as a result of their exposure to the toxic gas. Some 120,000 survivors have debilitating medical conditions that require extensive continuing health care. The survivors are still struggling to obtain just compensation and appropriate rehabilitation and continuing care. Furthermore, the site itself is still toxic and still poisoning people. The world's worst industrial disaster is not over after a quarter of a century - it is truly the disaster that keeps on giving.

Click here for more information on the web about the event, the damage, and the continuing issues

Click here for books and videos on the Union Carbide Gas Leak disaster

Selected New Titles in Ames Library - December 2009

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Below is a list of selected new titles added to the Ames Library of South Asia in November 2009.

Talk: Right to Health- Linkages between health and Human Rights

Wednesday, Dec. 2
12 - 1 p.m.
614 Social Science from

Every country in the world is now party to at least one human rights treaty that addresses health-related rights. This includes the right to health as well as other rights that relate to conditions necessary for health. The talk will be on inter-linkages of health and human rights and will trace the global peoples health movement with specific emphasis on PHM India. How rights based perspective has been used at grass root level to seek accountability from the Governments.


Video Screening: Another World is Possible

3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
614 Social Sciences

Another World is Possible is a documentary produced and directed by Aisha Gazdar, which details the role of the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (Cedaw). South Asian countries such as Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Nepal comprise one-fifth of the world's population, and have a female-to-male ratio of 94 per cent. Their people's rich, diverse cultural heritages run side to side with a deep-rooted disparity of wealth and access to resources. One kind of disparity, however, pervades the entire region -- discrimination against women. Underscoring this issue, Another World is Possible speaks of how the governments of these countries have ratified the Cedaw and are using it as a tool to "ensure the full development and advancement of women in all spheres." The film also examines how South Asian from diverse occupational spheres deal with discrimination in their lives.

Kamayani Bali Mahabal, a lawyer and human rights activist who pitches for health rights, women's health and women's rights, and other issues of social justice, is attending the 2009 annual meeting of the American Public Health Association. She was part of the fact-finding team that investigated the demolition of Vanavasi Chetana Ashram, our partner in Chhattisgarh.

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