Monsanto…The Hague…Guilty or Not Guilty

Primary Activity: setting up of an international tribunal to judge the environmental and health damage caused by the multinational Monsanto.

Date and place of the events: 14 to 16 October 2016 in The Hague, Netherlands.

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Background:

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Critics of Monsanto claim that the

company has been able to ignore the human and environmental damage caused by its products and pursue it devastating activities through a systematic concealment strategy through lobbying. regulators and government authorities, lying, corruption, commissioning bogus scientific studies, putting pressure on independent scientists, and manipulating the press.

Our endeavor is based on the observation that only through civic action will we be able to achieve compensation for victims of the American multinational. The procedures are a veritable obstacle course for the victims. They are reluctant to invest time and money in litigation, especially since there is no reason to believe in a positive outcome. Frequently, when a company like Monsanto is the defendant, the company settles out of court, whereby circumventing the establishment of a negative legal precedent.

Currently, it is impossible under law to bring criminal charges against a company like Monsanto or its management, for their crimes against human health and the integrity of the environment.

Each year, Monsanto spends enormous amounts on legal defense to fend off the cases brought by the victims of its activities. This does not encourage the company to change its practices. So long as it remains more profitable for shareholders to take risks in the community – even if that means compensating the victims occasionally – these practices will persist.

Monsanto’s history is a paradigm for the impunity of transnational corporations and their management, who contribute to climate change and the depletion of the biosphere and threaten the security of the planet.

Monsanto is not the only focus of our efforts. Monsanto will serve as an example for the entire agro-industrial system whereby putting on trial all multinationals and companies that employ entrepreneurial behavior that ignore the damage wrecked on health and the environment by their actions.

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General purpose of the Tribunal:

To get a ruling – even symbolic – against Monsanto by a bench of real judges, after
veritable proceedings in an international court, and contribute to the establishment of international mechanisms to bring justice to victims of multinationals.

Specific objectives:
• Assess the case against Monsanto and the damages caused pursuant to international law;
• Assess Monsanto’s actions in relation to the crime of ecocide. Citizens’ movements have made an appeal for international criminal law to recognize this as a crime;
• Consider a possible amendment of the Rome Statute establishing the International
• Criminal Court to include the crime of ecocide, making it possible to try natural and legal persons for this crime.

Expected Results/Impact of the Tribunal:

Public opinion and policy makers will gain heightened understanding of Monsanto’s
practices and their impact on the environment and human rights. The Tribunal will raise awareness of the dangers of industrial and chemical agriculture and the need a shift in agricultural paradigm.

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The Tribunal will contribute to the ongoing debate on what it means to hold a company responsible for violating fundamental rights including but not limited to the right to food, health, information etc.

The Tribunal’s work will give victims and their legal counsel the arguments and legal grounds for further lawsuits against Monsanto within their national jurisdictions.

The Tribunal will highlight the need to change international law so that victims of
transnational companies have a means to legal redress.

The Tribunal will show, through the example of Monsanto, why the crime of ecocide must be recognized under international law.

How the Tribunal will Function:

  • The Tribunal will employ as its legal guidelines: the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, adopted by the Council of the UN Human Rights June 2011; the Rome Statute establishing the International Criminal Court (ICC) giving it jurisdiction to try alleged perpetrators of genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes and crimes of aggression.
So which is your elected Official??? Stupid or a liar???
So which is your elected Official??? Stupid or a liar???

The UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights is the international authority on the responsibilities of business with regard to human rights. The guidelines state that companies must respect all human rights, including the right to life, the right to health and the right to a healthy environment. They define society’s expectations vis-à-vis businesses. They will serve as the basis on which plaintiffs will build their case for demanding compensation from Monsanto for damage caused by the company’s activities. The Court will consider whether Monsanto’s conduct could be considered criminal pursuant to existing international criminal law, or under the law of ecocide, which is gaining support for consideration as an offence.

  • Prior to the event, working groups will study the impact of Monsanto’s activities in the following 6 areas:
    • Right to a healthy environment
    • Right to health
    • Right to Food
    • Freedom of expression and academic research
    • Complicity in warcrimes
    • Crime of ecocide

The Terms of Reference are as follows:

Question 1: Did the firm Monsanto violate, by its activities, the right to a a safe, clean, healthy and sustainable environment, as recognized in international human rights law (Res. 25/21 of the Human Rights Council, of 15 April 2014), taking into account the responsibilities imposed on corporations by the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, as endorsed by the Human Rights Council in Resolution 17/4 of 16 June 2011?

Question 2: Did the firm Monsanto violate, by its activities, the right to food, as recognized in Article 11 of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, in Articles 24.2(c) and (e) and 27.3 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, and in Articles 25(f) and 28.1 of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women, taking into account the responsibilities imposed on corporations by the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, as endorsed by the Human Rights Council in Resolution 17/4 of 16 June 2011?

Question 3: Did the firm Monsanto violate, by its activities, the right to the highest attainable standard of health, as recognized in Article 12 of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, or the right of child to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health, as recognized by Article 24 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, taking into account the responsibilities imposed on corporations by the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, as endorsed by the Human Rights Council in Resolution 17/4 of 16 June 2011?

Whom do Your Elected Officials Represent???
Whom do Your Elected Officials Represent???

Question 4: Did the firm Monsanto violate the freedom indispensable for scientific research, as guaranteed by Article 15(3) of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, as well as the freedoms of thought and expression guaranteed in Article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, taking into account the responsibilities imposed on corporations by the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, as endorsed by the Human Rights Council in Resolution 17/4 of 16 June 2011?

Question 5: Is the firm Monsanto complicit in the commission of a war crime, as defined in Article 8(2) of the Statute of the International Criminal Court, by providing materials to the United States Army in the context of operation “Ranch Hand” launched in Viet Nam in 1962?

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Question 6: Could the past and present activities of Monsanto constitute a crime of ecocide, understood as causing serious damage or destroying the environment, so as to significantly and durably alter the global commons or ecosystem services upon which certain human groups rely?

  • The Monsanto Tribunal will collect testimonies and an important information
    gathering effort will be made. Olivier De Schutter, law professor at the University of Louvain, will, with the assistance of forty law students, review the records of all the victims and identify the charges. They will prepare legal briefs that the plaintiffs and their legal representation can use in their arguments.
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  • Illustrious lawyers and judges from five continents will be involved in the Tribunal’s work. The court will have two co-presidents.
  • The Monsanto Tribunal will hear the cases of 20 plaintiffs from the South and North Americas, Europe, Asia and Africa. The plaintiffs will have experienced counsel to represent them.

  • The Tribunal will comply with the general principles of law of civil procedure.
    Monsanto will be invited to make submissions. Monsanto – as a defendant – will be heard in response to allegations, to defend the legality of its acts, and to challenge the claims of alleged victims.

  • As with the International Court of Justice, the President will receive all documents. Lawyers will prepare and submit their findings to the judges. They will also appear before the judges to plead their case. Victims (or anyone in the audience) may submit documents to the judges and plaintiffs will speak at the hearing. The judges will deliberate and will hand down a decision – based on the evidence – on the 6 questions.

 

  • The court hands down its decision in December 2016.

Expertise Opinions to the service of the Tribunal:

Mart-museumembers of civil society from different professional backgrounds who all have expertise in relation to the subjects and issues to be addressed by the Tribunal Monsanto took the initiative to organize the Tribunal. This group has rallied representatives of civil society with relevant expertise to the effort. They form the Monsanto Tribunal organizing committee, essentially all volunteers who are willing to provide their expertise for this project. (A list of the members of the organizing committee can be found in the appendix).

Students from the following universities will also bring their expertise to the endeavor by taking part in the research and case review phase:
• University of Louvain (Belgium)
• Yale University (United States)
• University of Bordeaux (France)

Civil society: see attached list

How will the scales balance?
How will the scales balance?

Civil Society Organizations from five continents will contribute to vetting judges, lawyers, plaintiffs and witnesses.

They will be invited to participate in outreach and awareness raising activities in their respective countries and citizen mobilization.

They will be active in organizing the People’s Assembly, which will be organized as a side event to the Monsanto Tribunal.

Testimonies

To assist citizens and movements from around the world in making their voice heard during the upcoming trial, the International Monsanto Tribunal asks you to send in any information or your testimony using this form. The Organizing Committee of the Monsanto Tribunal will examine all submissions.

We will contact you if your submission has been selected for testimony during the People’s Assembly (14-16 October 2016) or during the hearings at the Tribunal (15-16 October 2016).

Thank You.

Date of deposit:
Name and first name:
Organisation (if pertinent) :
Direction: (mail) and/ or (phone number)
Key words (5 maximum):
Object of the submission (max: 1000 characters including spaces)
Presentation (max: 17000 characters including spaces)

Please send to this email address:

claims@Monsanto-tribal.org

Reprinted with blessings…..’ceptin’ Monsanto’s. I will be covering this event for America Matters Media AMNews. Be sure to get weekly and daily updates the day if the event right here.

I will publish today’s radio segment this evening after we record our encore presentation. .

But for now please enjoy yesterday’s discussion on the PPI

No more Monsanto money!

 

No more Monsanto money!

Dear Aaron ,

We all know why Americans can’t have labels on GMO foods: Monsanto money. 

Sign the petition to your senators: We need a democracy that puts people first!

After four and a half years of building the GMO labeling movement, after losing three state ballot initiatives (by a thread), after passing solid GMO labeling legislation in Vermont, Congress wiped out our right to know by passing a law that allows corporations to continue hiding GMO ingredients.

All told, the biotech and junk food industries spent about $400 million to defeat state initiatives, and finally, to buy the votes they needed in Congress in order to preempt Vermont’s GMO labeling law—even though polls consistently show that about 90 percent of Americans support mandatory labeling of GMO foods.

That’s not democracy. That’s bribery.

Sign the petition to your senators: We need a democracy that puts people first!

The strength of our democracy is supposed to be tied to each individual voice being heard and every vote counted.

But our current system pushes everyday Americans to the sidelines as candidates work to court big money donors and wealthy special interests. And without the protections of the Voting Rights Act, new attacks on voting are happening across the country.

It doesn’t have to be this way. There’s legislation right now before the U.S. Senate could move us in the right direction.

The We The People package (S. 6 and S.J.Res. 5) would:

 • Overturn Supreme Court rulings like Citizens United through a constitutional amendment.

 • Shine a light on secret special-interest campaign donations.

• Close the revolving door between Wall Street and bank regulators.

The Fair Elections Now Act (S. 1538) would:

• Elevate the voices of everyday Americans by amplifying small contributions with limited matching funds.

• Break down barriers so Americans of all walks of life, such as service workers, firefighters, and teachers, have a greater opportunity to run for office.

The Voting Rights Advancement Act (S.1659) would:

• Restore and increase protections against voting discrimination.

• Help ensure our elections are safe and accessible to all voters.

It’s time to get Monsanto’s money out of politics.  Please sign the petition to your senators: We need a democracy that puts people first!

In solidarity,
Katherine for the whole team at OCA

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