Permanent Peoples` Tribunal in India

Monsanto, Bayer and Dow face trial for systematic human rights abuses

From 3-6th December 2011, the Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal (PPT) will convene in Bangalore, India, to hear cases brought against six multinational agrochemical companies who stand accused of violating human rights by promoting reliance on the sale and use of highly hazardous pesticides.

Known as the ‘Big 6’, the indicated agrochemical corporations are Monsanto, Dow, BASF, Bayer, Syngenta and DuPont. Collectively, these companies control 74% of the global pesticide market, making the pesticide/agricultural biotechnology industry one of the most consolidated sectors in the world. The World Bank estimates that 355 000 people per year die of unintentional pesticide poisoning.

=>The Ecologist: Monsanto, Bayer and Dow face trial for 'systematic human rights abuses'

=>The Guardian: Pesticide firms must be held to account for bee poisoning

=>Bayer pesticides causing bee deaths worldwide: Case introduced to Permanent Peoples´ Tribunal

=>many Indian papers report

=>Tribunal verdict vs 6 agrochemical TNCs hailed

=>Summary of the cases

=>Press Release: Big 6 agrochemical companies indicted for crimes against humanity

=>Chemical companies under fire by People’s Tribune