After touring India, the controversial multi-sensory art installation, housed in a 40ft black shipping container, will be on display at Amnesty’s Shoreditch centre for two weeks – in the run-up to the opening of the Olympics.
7,000 to 10,000 people were killed immediately in 1984 by a toxic gas leak from a pesticide factory in Bhopal, India. Over the next 20 years a further 15,000 people have died; today, the contaminated site still infringes the human rights of over 100,000 people. The Bhopal gas leak is one of the worst cases of corporate negligence in living memory and demonstrates why it is important to hold international companies to account.
Today Dow Chemical, a sponsor of this year’s Olympic Games, owns the company responsible for the leak. However it has never addressed the ongoing human rights impact of the catastrophe. As well as raising awareness through art, Amnesty is asking the public to take action, now, by writing to Lord Coe.