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The impacts of the actions of TNCs on peasant communities | Full text of the speech by Federico Pacheco | #BindingTreaty

fedepach.jpgAt the ongoing negotiations in Geneva, of the Open Ended Inter Governmental Working Group (OEIWG) at United Nations, Federico Pacheco of the Union of Land Workers of Andalusia intervened to denounce the actions of transnationals pushing a model of industrial agriculture that pollutes the environment, monopolizes and privatizes the commons, and exploits workers and producers. Here is the full text of the speech. 

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Geneva: Rogerio Höhn intervenes at #BindingTreaty negotiations | Full text of the speech

2016-10-25 Rogerio.jpgAt the ongoing negotiations in Geneva, of the Open Ended Inter Governmental Working Group (OEIWG) at United Nations, to come up with a Legally Binding Treaty for countries to prosecute and hold to account Transnational Corporations that engage in human rights violations, Rogerio Höhn from the Movement of people affected by Dams in Brazil spoke of the rights of people affected by corporate crimes and the need for remedial processes that recognize affected people as actors and as subjects. He also stressed that the Treaty must strengthen the primacy of human rights. Here is the full text of his speech. 

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La Via Campesina joins the mobilization at the UN in favor of a Binding Treaty to dismantle corporate power

(Geneva - October 25, 2016) 

b_350_0_16777215_00_images_2016-10-25_-_TNCs_Geneva_Scaled_Image.jpgMembers of La Via Campesina are participating in mobilizations being held in Geneva as part of the Global Campaign to Dismantle Corporate Power and in the ongoing negotiations of the Open Ended Inter Governmental Working Group (OEIWG), at United Nations, to come up with a Legally Binding Treaty for countries to prosecute and hold to account Transnational Corporations that engage in human rights violations.

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Sri Lanka: First People’s Tribunal on agrochemical companies

First published by Ceylon Today (2016-09-23)

A group of environmental organizations held a People's Tribunal, on multinational agrochemical companies, at the Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute, yesterday. A large number of representatives from Farmers' Associations participated in it. A number of representatives from Sri Lanka's agricultural hubs, including Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, Kurunegala and Moneragala, gave evidence before the tribunal; highlighting the issues faced by the people due to the activities of the multinational agrochemical companies.

"We want to know the impacts of the activities of the multinational agrochemical companies on the environment, on people's health, and on society. Also, these multinational agrochemical companies have not been held responsible, for the damage they have done to Sri Lankans in the last 40 years," said Chintaka Rajapakse, moderator of the Movement for National Land and Agricultural Reform (MONLAR).

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The Hague – Monsanto Tribunal: Peasants of the world standing together for justice

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Brussels, 11 October 2016

From 14 to 16 October 2016, an International Monsanto Tribunal will be held in The Hague, Netherlands, alongside a People's Assembly, to hear cases against Monsanto and other agribusiness corporations and put forward real solutions to societal and environmental challenges. An international delegation of La Via Campesina will be taking part in this awareness raising event highlighting the need to reclaim people's sovereignty, dismantle corporate power and stop impunity.

Faced with the increased control by transnational corporations over food and agriculture, through privatization, commodification and concentration of resources, grassroots organizations propose food sovereignty, agrarian reform and agroecology as alternatives for the whole of society and more specifically at the UN through the implementation of binding instruments to control TNCs .

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Social movements call for 'unity beyond borders' at the Southern Africa Tribunal on Transnational Corporations (TNCs)

2016-10-06 Coal in SA.jpgThe Southern African People’s Solidarity Network hosted a Permanent Peoples' Tribunal on Transnational Corporations in Manzini, Swaziland between the 16th and 19th of August. The tribunal was held on 16th and 17th followed by discussions until the 19th about building a 'Peoples-Driven Southern African Development Community (SADC) committed to the total liberation of all'.

Several organisations and social movements from countries that included Swaziland, Mozambique, South Africa, Lesotho, Zambia, Mauritius, Malawi and Zimbabwe discussed the impacts of the transnational corporations on the communities and women at large. The members who attended the tribunal expressed their dissent towards European countries that fund transnational corporations to come to Africa and wreak havoc on its environment, ecology and natural diversity, thereby impacting the lives of millions of people.

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Bayer-Monsanto deal latest in agribusiness merger and acquisition trend

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(Saskatoon - Sept. 19, 2016)  Bayer's September 14 announcement that it will buy Monsanto for $66 billion comes just days after fertilizer companies PotashCorp and Agrium confirmed their $30 billion dollar merger deal. Meanwhile, the Chinese agro-chemical giant, ChemChina is in the process of buying Sygenta for $43 billion. Dupont and Dow expect to complete their $68 billion merger by the end of this year.

"Mergers and acquisitions are not investments in new productive capacity," said Terry Boehm, Chair of the NFU's Seed and Trade Committee. "These transactions are a way for large corporations to restructure their existing assets to obtain higher profits and greater control by eliminating competition within the market."

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Dakota Access Pipeline: Statement by Border Agricultural Workers


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ON BEHALF of the Border Agricultural Workers of the US-México region, we express our solidarity with your struggle to oppose the Dakota Access Pipeline to protect your sacred natural resources and your territories. Two of our leaders, Rosemary Martínez and Joseph Martínez will be with you to not only participate in your historic struggle but also to learn how to best support your movement.

AS MIGRANT agricultural workers, we know fist hand the destruction caused by greediness and hunger for more and more profits by corporate capital, to our Mother Earth and all the sacred elements of life.

Commercial and industrial agricultural not only exploit us in the fields, buy also inflict a severe damage to nature. For this reason,we identify with your just cause.

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Southern Africa Permanent Peoples Tribunal (PPT) on Transnational Corporations

2016-08-16 SATTC poster.PNGFor the Economic, Political, Cultural and Environmental Sovereignty of Our Peoples End the Impunity of Transnational Corporations NOW!

The time has come to unite our struggles in Southern Africa - the campaigns, networks, movements and organizations that are combating transnational corporations - the way they are exploiting our destinies, natural heritage and human rights, dismantling public services, destroying the commons, fomenting violence and endangering food sovereignty in every corner of the continent. 

The Southern Africa Campaign to Dismantle Corporate Power invites you to participate in the Permanent People’s Tribunal on Transnational Corporations. The Tribunal will bring affected peoples from Southern Africa together to make their problems visible, analyse them and collaborate and share experiences in order to strengthen our joint struggle.

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Tribunal Monsanto in The Hague –14th -16th of October 2016

Tribunal Monsanto.pngFor an increasing number of people from around the world, Monsanto today is the symbol of industrial agriculture. This chemical-intensive form of production pollutes the environment, accelerates biodiversity loss, and massively contributes to global warming. 

Since the beginning of the twentieth century, Monsanto, a US-based company, has developed a number of highly toxic products, which have permanently damaged the environment and caused illness or death for thousands of people.

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