London Commissioner resigns saying that to endorse Dow as Olympic sponsor is ‘untenable and unacceptable’

Meredith Alexander who works for the charity ActionAid, has resigned from the Commission for a Sustainable London 2012 to bring attention to the “toxic legacy” of Bhopal. 

She faced questioning by the redoubtable Jeremy Paxman on the TV programme Newsnight and made her case strongly, saying “I feel I was part of a lobby which legitimised Dow’s claims that it had no responsibility for Bhopal . . . This is an iconic case. It’s one of the worst abuses of human rights in my generation and I just could not stand idly by . . . To be part of a body that publicly endorsed Dow is untenable and unacceptable.” 

Rashida Bee, president of the Bhopal Gas Women’s Workers group said: “By speaking the truth so boldly Meredith has nailed Dow Chemical’s lies that the London Olympic Committee and its Chairman Lord Coe believed and propagated till recently. We hope this will make the organisers dump Dow Chemical as a sponsor of the London Games.” 

Read about the Bhopal tragedy and see the interview here.

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