NGOs fighting for the rights of the Bhopal gas tragedy victims on Thursday hailed Meredith Alexender, who resigned as chairperson of the ethics committee of the London Olympics Committee over sponsorship of the Games by Dow Chemicals, Union Carbide owners.
Representatives of five NGOs placed a bouquet before the photo of Meredith to appreciate her action supporting the victims of the 1984 gas tragedy. "By speaking the truth, Meredith has nailed Dow's lies that the London Olympic Committee and its chairman Sebastian Coe believed and propagated till recently. We hope this will make the London Organising Committee dump Dow as sponsors," said Rashida Bee, president of the Bhopal Gas Peedit Stationery Karmchari Sangh.
"It is time that LOCOG is told that India will not participate in the Olympics if it continues to be sponsored by a corporation responsible for continuing deaths and sufferings in Bhopal," said Rachna Dhingra of the Bhopal Group for Information and Action.
Meredith said she wanted to draw attention to the "toxic legacy" of Bhopal. "I don't want to be party to a defence of Dow, the company responsible for one of the worst corporate human rights violations in my generation."