Biotech giant Monsanto is facing charges of ‘crimes against humanity’ at the International Criminal Court in The Hague.
Friday 14 October, saw the start of a three-day mock trial headed by anti-GM food activists to establish a legal mechanism that could hold corporations accountable for any damage they cause in the pursuit of profit.
A damning new report has just been released that show Monsanto’s GMO products are harmful, and that that their political influence in Washington and around the world have been environmentally harmful and have caused democratic setbacks.
“This tribunal will consist of five international judges listening to the testimonies of thirty witnesses and experts from around the world as they tell their stories profiling the nature of Monsanto’s environmental terrorism on humanity and the planet”
A website has been set up dedicated to this tribunal (monsantotribunal.org) containing background detail and hopes for the outcome of the trial.
The aim of the Tribunal is to give a legal opinion on the extent of the environmental damage and the health detriments caused by Monsanto. It will also give people a platform to go ahead with lawsuits towards Monsanto and other similar companies with a well documented legal file.
It is claimed by critics of Monsanto that the company has successfully ignored the human and environmental damage that has been caused by its products, and make it accountable for its’s 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.
It is hoped that through civic Action, justice can be achieved for everyone who has fallen foul of Monsanto and other similar companies.Achieving a legal win will be so important for the victims because usually when a company like Monsanto is the defendant, the company settles out of court, whereby circumventing the establishment of a negative legal precedent.
To achieve a ruling against Monsanto, even if it is a symbolic one, 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.
– 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.
This tribunal is only looking to set the groundwork for a system needed to be in place for not only halting all of Monsanto’s global genocidal activities but eventually bringing the criminals who run Monsanto to justice.
Ironically this tribunal holds Monsanto to the standards of the UN’s Agenda 21/Agenda 2030 which calls for things such as “sustainable environment,” the right to eat healthy food, the right to the enjoyment of the highest standard of health, and even the violation of the freedom of scientific research. The main point of contention in the trial will surely be the serious question of Monsanto’s outright war crimes against humanity will be posed.
The irony increases due to the fact that these questions will ultimately be posed to the UN, the same system that labels the natural and necessary nutrient known as CO2 a “pollutant,” so it will be very interesting to see what comes of this on the part of the United Nations.
Even if Monsanto aren’t brought to any kind of real justice, this trial will hopefully act as a formal record for the future of humanity to see the criminal actions of Monsanto, and will help toward justice and accountability even if it contributes to the new world order’s language of “sustainability” and “prosperity.”
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