16 Nov '11, 5pm

Monsanto, Bayer and Dow face trial for 'systematic human rights abuses' - The Ecologist

Monsanto, Bayer and Dow face trial for 'systematic human rights abuses' - The Ecologist

The world's major agrochemical companies, Monsanto, Dow, Bayer, Syngenta, DuPont and BASF, will face a public tribunal in early December accused of systematic human rights violations. They are accused of violating more than 20 instruments of international human rights law through promoting reliance on the sale and use of dangerous and unsafe pesticides including endosulfan, paraquat and neonicotinoids. The Permanent Peoples' Tribunal (PPT) , an international opinion tribunal created in 1979, will hear expert testimony from scientists, medical doctors and lawyers to prove the charges. Victims who have been injured by these products - from farmers, farmworkers, mothers and consumers from around the world - will also testify to the causes and nature of their injuries. The cases will be heard over a four-day trial in Bangalore, India beginning December 3. While the Tribunal ha...

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