Generations Futures - International Monsanto Tribunal
From 12 to 16 October 2016, Generations Futures and individuals including Vandana Shiva, Corinne Lepage, Marie-Monique Robin, Olivier de Schutter, Gilles-Eric Séralini, Hans Herren will present during a press conference the project ‘International Monsanto Tribunal’. It will aim to assess allegations made against Monsanto and evaluate the damages caused by the company. Chemical-intensive production pollutes the environment, accelerate biodiversity loss, and contributes to climate change.
The Tribunal will rely on the “Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights” adopted at the UN in 2011. It will also assess potential criminal liability on the basis of the Rome Statue that created the International Criminal Court in The Hague in 2002. It will also consider whether a reform of international criminal law is warranted to include crimes against the environment, or ecocide, as a prosecutable criminal offense, so that natural persons could incur criminal liability.
Recognising ecocide as a crime is the only way to guarantee the right of humans to a healthy environment and the right of nature to be protected.
Aware of these planetary stakes, the initiators of the Monsanto Tribunal are appealing to civil society and to all citizens of the world to participate in financing this unique operation through the biggest international crowd-funding campaign ever carried out.
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Originally posted on 16 December 2015