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India: Bhopal survivors use Obama visit to press case

Date: 9 Nov 2010

Barack Obama

Campaigners and survivors of the 1984 Bhopal gas leak disaster used the visit of President Obama to India to highlight their call for the former head of Union Carbide Warren Anderson to be extradited to face charges in an Indian court.

The groups were denied request to have a meeting with the President. They have been contrasting the failure for many who lost loved ones in the accident to get proper compensation with the rapid action to give financial support to those affected by the recent Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

The Indian government has recently responded to pressure by saying it would strengthen efforts to extradite Warren Anderson. It remains likely that the US will not co-operate with such a request.

The BJP leader Sushma Swaraj said that she had raised the issue of Bhopal with the President, and he had been "very receptive and responsive".

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