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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 (above URL).

(See also:   2016-12-09 Washington state sues Monsanto over PCB pollution)

The Monsanto Tribunal Report – Live Streaming
by Friends of the Earth Canada  and  CBAN

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Dear Sandra,

Friends of the Earth Canada and the Canadian Biotechnology Action Network (CBAN) invite you to a live streaming event of the final judgment of  The International Monsanto Tribunal:

April 18th, 2017 9:00am – 10:30am

25OneCommunity (251 Bank Street) Ottawa, Ontario

Reserve your seat here.

Snacks will be provided.

A panel of five esteemed legal experts including Canadian lawyer Steven Shrybman was brought together by civil society  groups to investigate and deliver a legal opinion on the actions of company Monsanto, to determine if the company can be held accountable for human rights violations, for crimes against humanity, and for ecocide.

Monsanto is the largest seed company in the world and a leader in the commercialization of genetically modified (GM) seeds. It has a history as a chemical company and, even now, is one of the world’s top six agrochemical companies.

Learn more: www.cban.ca/Monsanto

“The aim of the Tribunal is to give a legal opinion on the environmental and health damage caused by the multinational Monsanto. This will add to the international debate to include the crime of Ecocide into international criminal law,” says Beatrice Olivastri, CEO, Friends of the Earth Canada.

The Tribunal heard the testimony of more than 20 plaintiffs from around the world during hearings October 15th and 16th 2016 in the Institute of Social Studies (ISS) in the Hague. “The tribunal process has given us an important opportunity to hear testimony from farmers and affected communities around the world ,” says Lucy Sharratt, Coordinator, Canadian Biotechnology Action Network (CBAN).

CBAN also undertook its own investigation of the impacts of GMOs in Canada. Learn more: www.gmoinquiry.ca

The Tribunal employed as its legal guidelines: the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, adopted by the Council of the UN Human Rights June 2011; the Rome Statute establishing the International Criminal Court (ICC) giving it jurisdiction to try alleged perpetrators of genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes and crimes of aggression.

Join us in Ottawa for live streaming and discussion at 251 Bank Street from 9:00am – 10:30am.

Please book your seat due to limited space.

For background on GMOs in Canada, see: www.cban.ca We hope to see you there!


Beatrice Olivastri CEO Friends of the Earth Canada
John Bennett Senior Policy Advisor Friends of the Earth Canada

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