Monsanto Tribunal Judges Slam Monsanto over Violation of Human Rights

Posted on Apr 18 2017 – 4:57pm by Sustainable Pulse

Today the five international judges for the Monsanto Tribunal presented their legal opinion, which include key conclusions, both on the conduct of Monsanto and on the need for important changes to international laws governing multinational corporations.

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The judges conclude that Monsanto has engaged in practices that have impinged on the basic human right to a healthy environment, the right to food and the right to health. Additionally, Monsanto’s conduct has a negative impact on the right of scientists to freely conduct indispensable research.

The judges also conclude that despite the development of regulations intended to protect the environment, a gap remains between commitments and the reality of environmental protection. International law should now precisely and clearly assert the protection of the environment and establish the crime of ecocide. The Tribunal concludes that if ecocide were formally recognized as a crime in international criminal law, the activities of Monsanto could possibly constitute a crime of ecocide.

In the third part of the advisory opinion, the Tribunal focuses on the widening gap between international human rights law and corporate accountability. It calls for the need to assert the primacy of international human and environmental rights law. A set of legal rules is in place to protect investors’ rights in the frame of the World Trade Organization and in bilateral investment treaties and in clauses in free-trade agreements.

These provisions tend to undermine the capacity of nations to maintain policies, laws and practices protecting human and environmental rights. United Nations bodies urgently need to take action; otherwise key questions of human and environmental rights violations will be resolved by private tribunals operating entirely outside the United Nations framework.

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The Tribunal also urges to hold non-state actors responsible within international human rights law. The Tribunal reiterates that multinational enterprises should be recognized as responsible actors and should be subjected to the International Criminal Court jurisdiction in case of infringement of fundamental rights. The Tribunal clearly identifies and denounces a severe disparity between the rights of multinational corporations and their obligations. Therefore, the advisory opinion encourages authoritative bodies to protect the effectiveness of international human rights and environmental law against the conduct of multinational corporations.

The very clear conclusions will be of interest to both the critics of Monsanto and industrial agriculture and to the shareholders of chemical companies and especially Bayer. The reputation of Monsanto—and Bayer in case of a merger—will not exactly improve with these conclusions by the judges of the Tribunal. The advisory opinion is a strong signal to those involved in international law, but also to the victims of toxic chemicals.

The Tribunal has created links and shared important information between lawyers and organisations that represent the victims. Therefore it is likely that the conclusions will lead to more liability cases against Monsanto and similar companies. This will shine a light on the true cost of production and will affect Monsanto (Bayer) shareholder value in the long run. Companies that cause damage to health, food and healthy environment should and will be held accountable for their actions.

Organizing groups behind the Monsanto Tribunal include the Organic Consumers AssociationNavdanyaIFOAM Organics International, the Biovision Foundation and Regeneration International.

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3 thoughts on “Monsanto Tribunal Judges Slam Monsanto over Violation of Human Rights

  1. Bài báo nói về kết luận của 5 thẩm phán quốc tế, kết luận cty Monsanto xâm phạm nhân quyền cơ bản. Monsanto là công ty sản xuất hoá chất độc màu da cam trong chiến tranh VIệt Nam

    Và bài báo nói nếu Luật huỷ diệt sinh thái môt trường quốc tế ecocide chính thức được thông quá, thì khả năng rất cao Monsanto sẽ bị kết thêm tôi Huỷ diệt môi trường.

    Xem thêm Monsanto Tribunal Judges Release Opinion: Monsanto Activities Violate Basic Human Rights
    https://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2017/04/18/monsanto-tribunal-judges-release-opinion-monsanto-activities-violate-basic-human

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  2. Bài này có nói thêm về tội xâm hại nhân quyền và tội huỷ diệt môi trường của Monsanto, và có nói đến trường hợp của Việt Nam

    Monsanto Tribunal Delivers Legal Opinion: Does Monsanto Abuse Human Rights, Is It Guilty of Ecocide? http://www.telesurtv.net/english/news/Monsanto-Tribunal-Delivers-Legal-Opinion-Does-Monsanto-Abuse-Human-Rights-Is-It-Guilty-of-Ecocide–20170418-0031.html

    Nhưng toà chưa có kết luận về trường hợp của Monsanto ở Việt Nam có phạm tội Huỷ diệt sinh thái môi trường hay không. Toà thúc giục tội ác này cần được chính thức thông qua trong luật quốc tế.

    Tuy nhiên bài trên báo tuổi trẻ có bài đăng tựa đề : Tòa án quốc tế kết tội Monsanto hủy diệt môi trường Việt Nam là chưa chính xác

    http://tuoitre.vn/tin/the-gioi/20170419/monsanto-bi-ket-toi-huy-diet-moi-truong-gay-hai-cho-viet-nam/1300740.html

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  3. Đây không phải là một tòa án, mà là “tòa” thiết lập bởi những nhóm chống Monsanta lập nên, cho nên gọi là “tòa quốc tế ở The Hague…” thì sẽ làm cho nhiều người hiểu lầm

    Đây là thông tin từ website của “tòa” này:

    http://www.monsanto-tribunal.org/

    The Monsanto Tribunal is an international civil society initiative to hold Monsanto accountable for human rights violations, for crimes against humanity, and for ecocide. Eminent judges heard testimonies from victims, and will deliver a legal opinion following procedures of the International Court of Justice. A distinct and parallel event, the People’s Assembly, was a gathering of social movements from all over the world that exchanged ideas and planned for the future we want. The Tribunal and People’s Assembly took place between 14 and 16 October 2016 in The Hague, Netherlands. The legal opinion will be delivered on April 18th 2017 and livestreamed on this page.

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