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PPT Verdict against the Big Six Agrochemical Companies: Syngenta, Bayer, Monsanto, Dow, Dupont, and BASF

by Working at Earth Island Institute on Apr 03, 2012

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The final PPT Verdict against the Big Six Agrochemical Companies: Syngenta, Bayer, Monsanto, Dow, Dupont, and BASF is now available... PAN International organised a historic session of the Permanent ...

The final PPT Verdict against the Big Six Agrochemical Companies: Syngenta, Bayer, Monsanto, Dow, Dupont, and BASF is now available... PAN International organised a historic session of the Permanent People’s Tribunal in Bangalore on December 3-6, 2012, attended by hundreds of peasant farmers, agricultural workers, and activists. Witnesses from all over the world gave testimony on the human rights violations perpetrated by the agrochemical transnational corporations (TNCs). Below is a brief summary of the Tribunal’s Findings and Recommendations.

Tribunal Findings:

The six TNCs are responsible for gross, widespread and systematic violations of the right to health and life, economic, social and cultural rights, as well as of civil and political rights, and women and children’s rights.

The United States, Switzerland, and Germany (Home States), have demonstrably failed to comply with their internationally accepted responsibility to promote and protect human rights, especially of vulnerable populations. These three States, where the six corporations are registered and headquartered, have failed to adequately regulate, monitor and discipline these entities by national laws and policy; have unjustifiably promoted a double standard approach prohibiting the production of hazardous chemicals at home while allowing their own TNCs unrestrained license for these enterprises in other States, especially of the Global South.

Technology-importing (Host) states are responsible for not adequately protecting human rights and social movement activists from vexation and harassment; not adequately protecting independent scientists; not fully pursuing alternatives and less hazardous forms of agricultural production; and not honouring obligations from the ILO Conventions.

Some of the policies of the WHO, FAO and ILO are not fully responsive to the urgency of regulation and redress, as articulated by suffering peoples, and human rights and social movement activist groups and associations. A more proactive role is especially indicated in the field of hazardous agrochemicals and agribusiness TNCs. UNESCO ought to take expeditious and effective steps for the protection of academic and scientific freedom of researchers and specialists who raise justifiable alarm over the long term impact of pesticides.

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PPT Verdict against the Big Six Agrochemical Companies: Syngenta, Bayer, Monsanto, Dow, Dupont, and BASF PPT Verdict against the Big Six Agrochemical Companies: Syngenta, Bayer, Monsanto, Dow, Dupont, and BASF Document Transcript