The Monsanto Tribunal is an international civil society initiative to hold Monsanto accountable for human rights violations and ecocide. Eminent judges heard testimonies from victims and experts. Then, they delivered a legal opinion following procedures of the International Court of Justice (on April 18th 2017, The Hague).
They concluded that Monsanto’s activities have a negative impact on basic human rights. Besides, better regulations are needed to protect the victims of multinational corporations. Eventually, international law should be improved for better protection of the environment and include the crime of ecocide. Now, it is up to us, the civil society, to spread the conclusions of the Monsanto Tribunal and push for these essential changes.
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Françoise Tulkens, the Chair of the Monsanto Tribunal, explains the importance of the legal opinion of the Monsanto Tribunal.
Parallel to the hearings of the Monsanto Tribunal (October 2016, The Hague), a People's Assembly took place to discuss strategies to counter the problems caused by industrial agriculture. It was also the opportunity for the movements from all over the world to come together and plan a sustainable future. Both initiatives received huge support from famous "ambassadors" such as Manu Chao, Nnimmo Bassey or Richard Falk.