Os acontecimentos foram divididos entre dois lugares: A Assembleia dos Povos, organizada por Navdanya, e o Tribunal Monsanto, com uma organização pluri-associativa por detrás.
A Assembleia dos Povos foi o lugar para apresentar, trocar, e criar informação para combater a tentativa de controlo da nossa alimentação por parte de corporações transnacionais e seus aliados, organismos de governança nacionais e supra-nacionais. Do longo rol de ilustres que falaram na Assembleia, passo aqui um cheirinho em forma de mini-biografias: http://peoplesassembly.net/speakers-bios/
O Tribunal Monsanto por sua vez, decorreu como um tribunal das Nações Unidas, de forma mais solene e com um ritmo acelerado devido ao enorme número de casos e testemunhas a ver. Os 5 juízes que aceitaram emitir um conselho jurídico com base nas evidências, vão continuar a analisar os dossiês em mãos e pronunciar-se-ão no dia 10 de Dezembro (dia dos Direitos Humanos) em Londres. Espera-se que este conselho jurídico ajude a informar alterações nas leis nacionais e internacional de forma a ser possível / facilitado processar corporações pelos crimes que cometem. Espera-se também que ajude à aceitação de um crime fundamental – o ecocídio. Sobre este aspecto podem ver a entrevista que a Sara fez à Valerie Cabanes, porta voz do movimento pela lei do Ecocídio.
Mais informação sobre a Assembleia dos Povos e o Tribunal Monsanto segue abaixo em inglês.
The general mood was great, powerful and hopeful.
We met with, listened to and interviewed inspiring people from all corners of the world and several walks of life. All very different but with a couple of things in common: all of them brave and wise, speaking truth with their words and dedicated to their visions of regenerating possibilities for the future of our shared Earth, and all of them taking action to overcome these tragic times where corporations’ hunger for profit poisons our Earth systems and the people that need them.
We know that united – as the people of the world – we can make a difference and change the dark path humanity has been taking on Earth towards a brighter, healthier path. And we are committed to this goal!
We came back feeling deep gratitude for all the people that dedicated a year of their lives to organising the Peoples Assembly and the Monsanto Tribunal, and for all the people that took part, as well as all those that have joined or are planning to join this movement for Seed, Food, Peoples and Earth Freedom.
Sara was filming for the SEED ACT documentary, also participating in the Assembly together with Lanka as members of Campanha pelas Sementes Livres (Portuguese Free Seeds Campaign), with other seed-saver activists from Portugal. These are some shots that Lanka managed to make with her phone camera.
Pictures of the Assembly are from the first day (Friday 14th) while those from Tribunal Monsanto are from the opening session (Saturday 15th).
“Poisons are not feeding us – rather, they are killing both ourselves and our planet. The poison cartel, which includes toxic makers such as Monsanto, Bayer, Dow, DuPont, etc are together destroying both our bread and our freedom. They are corrupting governments, violating nations’ sovereignty and imposing on our planet a model of greed, poison and corruption. To steer our planet away from this destructive path, a Planetary Alliance for Earth Democracy has been formed under the People’s Assembly. Thousands of people from across the world have already joined us in this Alliance and a further one billion people will join in the next two years to reject patents on seeds, and poisons in our food and soil. Through this initiative, people worldwide are working to reclaim their basic right of seed freedom and to promote poison-free organic farming and agro-ecology.” [Dr Vandana Shiva at the verdict of the Peoples Assembly]
The events of the Monsanto Tribunal took place in two parallel venues: the Peoples Assembly, organised by Navdanya International, and the tribunal proper, organised by a platform of organisations, with eminent patrons such as Vandana Shiva, Corinne Lepage, Hans Herren, and Gilles-Éric Séralini, and funded mostly through crowdfunding. Whereas the Peoples Assembly was a place of gathering of like-minded people from all over the world that wished to present, share and generate information to halt corporations’ attempt to control our food, the Monsanto Tribunal was designed as a United Nations tribunal where five judges heard witnesses and examined the evidence on the six crimes that Monsanto and similar corporations stand accused of. The judges will give an advisory legal opinion that, it is hoped, will inform national and international law to enable citizens and states to condemn corporations that violate human rights. It is also hoped that their opinion (and all the preliminary work that went into preparing the trial) will strenghten the case for a new crime to be recognised: ecocide (learn more about ecocide in the interview Sara did with the lawyer Valérie Cabanes).
To read more detailed reports on the issues discussed during those intense 3 days you can take a look at this page: