SOAS University of London

The Bhopal Disaster - Screening of "Bhopali" and Panel Discussion

Salil Tripathi & Tim Edwards

Date: 2 December 2016Time: 5:00 PM

Finishes: 2 December 2016Time: 7:00 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: Khalili Lecture Theatre (KLT)

Type of Event: Panel Discussion

On the 2nd December 1984, a gas leak at the Union Carbide pesticide plant in Bhopal, India caused the world’s worst industrial disaster. The gas leaked killed thousands immediately and have subsequently lead to the death of over 20,000 people and injury and harm to over 500,000. The resultant groundwater contamination and other environmental risks pose a continued further disaster for local people. Join us for the documentary ‘Bhopali’ which highlights the fight for justice and corporate responsibility, followed by a panel discussion with Salil Tripathi & Tim Edwards.

Watch the trailer of Bhopali here.

Tim Edwards cycled to Bhopal in 1999, and has advocated for Bhopal survivors ever since. He’s a spokesman for the International Campaign for Justice in Bhopal, a coalition of Bhopal survivor groups. He is also a trustee of the Bhopal Medical Appeal, which funds two clinics in Bhopal offering first class healthcare to anyone affected by the 1984 Bhopal Gas Disaster.

Salil Tripathi, Senior Advisor, Global Issues at the Institute for Human Rights & Business has long standing experience in advancing the business and human rights agenda. As a researcher at Amnesty International (1999‑2005) he participated in negotiations that created the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme and represented Amnesty in the Voluntary Principles for Security and Human Rights process from its inception until 2008. As senior policy advisor at International Alert (2006-2008) he played a key role in the process that developed the Red Flags initiative. He sits on the External Citizenship Advisory Panel of Exxon. He is author of three works of non-fiction and chairs PEN International's Writers-in-Prison Committee.

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