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IDEX South Africa partners make cases on international stages

Putting Monsanto on trial

The Monsanto Tribunal and a People’s Assembly for the future of food will take place from October 14-16, 2016 at The Hague. The Monsanto Tribunal will hold Monsanto accountable for their crimes against humanity and against nature. This will be held in tandem with the People’s Assembly, a gathering of leading movements, seed savers, seed defenders, farmers and growers and civilians, who will lay out the effects of industrial agrochemicals on our lives, our soils, our atmosphere and climate.

Over 800 organizations from around the world are supporting and participating in this process while over 100 people’s assemblies and tribunals are being held across the world. IDEX partner Surplus People Project is involved with the planning of this event. Also IDEX partner Biowatch has contributed a testimonial and will be attending. You can read more about South Africans’ participation here.

Taking mining concerns to the U.N.

IDEX partner South Durban Community Environmental Alliance (SDCEA) is one of six civil society organizations appearing before the UN Human Rights Council next year, to recommend the South African government prohibit mining or the use of practices that may violate human rights or cause environmental harm. They also want mining companies to be held accountable for unlawful activities through a comprehensive and transparent compliance/enforcement program and licensing appeals process.

Despite the environmental and social harms of mining and of coal burning, the government is not enforcing its own environmental standards. The organizations submitted a report last week raising concerns that Eskom, the South African electricity public utility, had some of the dirtiest power plants in the world, and continuously exceeded South Africa’s air pollution standards. Read more about their recommendations here.

*Thousand Currents changed its name from IDEX in 2016

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