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The multinational Monsanto will be brought to trial in 2016 for crimes against humanity at the International Tribunal in The Hague

The multinational Monsanto will be brought to trial in 2016 for crimes against humanity at the International Tribunal in The Hague

The Organic Consumers Association (OCA), IFOAM International Federation, Navdanya, Regeneration International (RI), and Millions Against Monsanto, along with dozens of global food organizations, producers and socio-environmental groups, announced today that they will bring to Monsanto, a transnational company established in the United States, on trial for crimes against Nature (ecocide) and Humanity, in the court of The Hague, the Netherlands, next year for Global Food Day, on October 16, 2016.

Since the beginning of the 20th century, Monsanto has developed a constant stream of highly toxic products that have permanently damaged the environment and caused illness or death for thousands of people. These products include:

• PCBs (biphenyl-polychlorinate), one of the twelve persistent organic pollutants (POPs) that affect animals and human fertility;

• 2,4,5 T (2,4,5-trichlorophenoxyacetic acid), a component with dioxin contains the defoliant "Agent Orange", which was used by the US Army during the Vietnam War and continues to cause birth defects and cancer;

• Lasso, a herbicide that is now banned in Europe;

• Round-up, the world's most widely used herbicide, source of the largest environmental and health scandal in modern history. This toxic herbicide, designated as a probable human carcinogen by the World Health Organization, is used in conjunction with genetically modified Roundup (GM) seeds in large monocultures, to produce mainly soybeans, corn and rapeseed for feed and biofuels.

Based on the "guiding principles of business and human rights" adopted by the UN in 2011, an international court of lawyers and judges will assess Monsanto's potential criminal liability for damage inflicted on human health and the environment. The Court will also resort to the Rome statute that created the International Criminal Court in The Hague in 2002, and will consider whether it is necessary to reform international criminal law to include crimes against the environment, or ecocide, as a prosecutable offense. The International Criminal Court, established in 2002 in The Hague, has determined that the definition of ecocide as a crime is the only way to guarantee the rights of human beings to a healthy environment and the right of nature to be protected. […]

Read the full note in English at: http://sustainablepulse.com/2015/12/03/monsanto-put-on-trial-for-crimes-against-humanity-in-the-hague#.VmHHI3Yvcok

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