Peoples’ Tribunal Finds Monsanto in Violation of Human Rights
by Deirdre Fulton
Posted May 4, 2017
Biotech giant Monsanto “has engaged in practices which have negatively impacted the right to a healthy environment, the right to food, and the right to health,” five international judges comprising the “Monsanto Tribunal” declared Tuesday.
The panel, which heard two days of testimony outside the Hague in October and spent the months since reviewing the evidence, concluded that “if such a crime of ecocide were recognized in international criminal law, the activities of Monsanto could possibly constitute” such a crime, citing its widespread dissemination of “dangerous agrochemicals in industrial agriculture;” “the engineering, production, introduction, and release of genetically engineered crops;” and “the introduction of persistent organic pollutants such as PCB into the environment.”
Convened by civil society groups including the Organic Consumers Association, Navdanya, IFOAM Organics International, the Biovision Foundation, and Regeneration International, the tribunal’s findings are not legally binding. However, they bolster the coalition’s larger effort “to liberate our seeds and soils, our communities and societies, our planet and ourselves, from poisons and the rule of the poison cartel,” as Navdanya founder Vandana Shiva wrote last year. More…
The biggest story here is that civil society itself has stepped in to fill the void where the corporate controlled judicial system has failed to protect the planet and its inhabitants.