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Unformatted text preview: Kalvin Chiu Anthro 131 Advocacy after Bhopal: Chapters 1 and 2 The Bhopal case, which was the result of a gas leak of an American based company called Union Carbide in India that affected hundreds of thousands of people, was dismissed the U.S government by Judge John Keenan on May 12, 1986. He claimed it would be difficult to gather the victims of the Bhopal tragedy into the states of U.S, and it would be misguided for the United States to govern any foreign laws. Furthermore, he stated that retention of the case in the U.S would yet be another act of imperialism in which an established sovereign inflicted its rules, its standards, and values on a developing nation. The underlying excuse was that the U.S did not want to waste time on a case that did not concern their land or people. But instead, the Bhopal disaster was handed over to be represented by the Union of India (UOI); which turned out to be a breach of due process because of a conflict of interests: UOI owned 22% of UCIL stock, yet they were representing the...
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This note was uploaded on 09/11/2011 for the course ANTHRO 131 taught by Professor Staff during the Spring '11 term at UCSB.
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