Global Tribunal Concludes that Monsanto is Probably Guilty of Ecocide and War Crimes

Sunday, April 23, 2017
By Paul Martin

By Annabelle Bamforth
April 23, 2017

A collaborative group that formed an international tribunal to address accusations of ecocide and human rights violations toward industrial agricultural giant Monsanto issued its findings in a recently released ruling.

The Monsanto Tribunal describes its organization as “an international civil society initiative to hold Monsanto accountable for human rights violations, for crimes against humanity, and for ecocide.” The tribunal, which is comprised of numerous individuals largely from backgrounds in agricultural activism, was formed to “allow for an open deliberation on the company’s policies and their impacts.” The Monsanto Tribunal held hearings over two days last October in which dozens of witnesses from across the globe provided testimony.

To be clear, the tribunal is symbolic. The group did not seek legal action against the company or any other agricultural corporation with these hearings, and the tribunal did not file a legal complaint against Monsanto. However, the organization stated that it was seeking to analyze the corporation’s actions based on the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and provide an “opinion based exclusively on legal consideration, grounded in international human rights law.”

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