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International Monsanto Citizens’ Tribunal Names New Judges, Announces Program and Registration

Five international judges will hear testimony from 30 witnesses representing five continents

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 15, 2016

Contact: 
Netherlands: Tjerk Dalhuisen,, tjerk@monsanto-tribunal.org, +31614699126
U.S.: Katherine Paul, katherine@organicconsumers.org, 207-653-3090
Mexico, Latin America: Ercilia Sahores, ercilia@regenerationinternational.org, (55) 6257 7901  

THE HAGUE, Netherlands—The organizers of the International Monsanto Tribunal today named two additional judges and also announced the programs for both the Tribunal and the People’s Assembly.

"The Monsanto Tribunal is one of the most important initiatives of organized citizen society in the last decade," said Boaventura de Sousa Santos, sociology professor University of Coimbra and one of the official Tribunal ambassadors

“The proposed Bayer – Monsanto merger, announced yesterday, brings even more momentum to the Tribunal.” said Marie-Monique Robin, patron of the Tribunal “Plus, we now have a panel of five international judges, reviewing testimonies from 30 witnesses and experts across five continents. We encourage the citizens everywhere to endorse the Tribunal, and participate.”

Joining the previously announced judges are: Eleonora Lamm, Argentina, human rights director for the Supreme Court of Justice of Mendoza University, Jorge Abraham Fernández Souza, Mexico, judge of the Court of Administrative Litigation of México City, Mexico, also guarantor in the Permanent Peoples' Tribunal, Chapter Mexico 2011-2015, and Steven Shrybman who practices public interest and international trade law in Canada.  

The International Monsanto Tribunal will take place October 15-16 in The Hague, Netherlands. A parallel People’s Assembly, starting October 14th, will feature interactive workshops, speakers and films where social movements will rally and plan for a just and regenerative agricultural system that respects human rights and the environment. Registration is now open for both the People’s Assembly and the formal Tribunal.

More on the Monsanto Tribunal here and here

People’s Assembly program 

The Monsanto Tribunal is an international civil society initiative to examine accountability for human rights violations, crimes against humanity, and ecocide, that are alleged to have been committed by Monsanto. Eminent judges will hear testimonies from victims, and deliver an advisory opinion following procedures of the International Court of Justice. A parallel People's Assembly provides the opportunity for social movements to rally and plan for the future we want. The Tribunal and People's Assembly will take place between 14 and 16 October 2016 in The Hague, Netherlands.

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