(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
November 29, 2009
RESOLUTION OF THE 11TH IMCWP
Commemorate 25th Anniversary of
ON December 2-3, 2004, one of the world�s
industrial disasters in the Indian city of
The criminal culpability of the US-based MNC,
Carbide Corporation or UCC, was clearly established by the absence of
features and other technologies in the
This entire chain of events, as well as the series of acts of collusion between the US-based MNC behemoth and governments of the
Predatory MNCs based in the US, Europe or other countries of the global North today are running rampant in developing countries, in flagrant violation of domestic and international laws on industrial safety, hazardous and toxic materials and environmental pollution. Hazardous industries, sub-standard or obsolete technologies, banned or toxic materials, environmentally disastrous extractive industries, are all increasingly being thrust upon countries of the global South, even while the latter are prevented from developing their own self-reliant capabilities. Legal and regulatory frameworks in these countries are subverted by imposing neo-liberal policies favouring foreign investment and MNCs, often aided by the IMF, World Bank and other multilateral agencies that champion such policies. Multilateral trade agreements such as WTO and GATT are also being used by
The aftermath of the Bhopal Gas Tragedy has brought to the fore many issues relating to industrial licensing and regulation of hazardous industries, technological self-reliance, policy and regulatory frameworks for import of technologies, role of MNCs, legislation and enforcement of legal and regulatory frameworks of liability for environmental pollution and industrial accidents, industrial siting and urban development, policies on agriculture especially use of agro-chemicals etc.
Communist Parties of the world call upon progressive forces all over the world to commemorate the 25th year of the Bhopal Gas Tragedy and to focus national and international attention on the role of MNCs, on efforts by the global North to impose their technological on developing countries, and on the framework of neo-liberal economic policies that characterise imperialist globalisation today.