Charge Monsanto with Crimes Against Humanity
  • Petitioning Ban Ki-moon

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Secretary-General of the United Nations
Ban Ki-moon
President, International Criminal Court
Judge Sang-Hyun Song
Chief Prosecutor, International Criminal Court
Mrs. Fatou Bensouda
Special Rapporteur on Right to Food
Ms. Hilal Elver
Special Representative of the UN Secretary General for Food Security and Nutrition
David Nabarro
Office of the High Commission for Human Rights
Chief Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein

Charge Monsanto with Crimes Against Humanity

    1. Elizabeth Lane
    2. Petition by

      Elizabeth Lane

      Rock Hill, United States

We, the free-born people of the world, demand to live in a world free of poisonous food. We refuse to be part of Monsanto's crimes against humanity and do whole-heartedly object to Monsanto's activities!

Article 11 of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights put forth by the United Nations states that EVERYONE has the right to adequate food and to be free from hunger. Article 12 recognizes the right of EVERYONE to enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health.

Monsanto's activities are direct violation of these Articles and furthermore exploits Article 11: 2a and 2b for financial profit cloaking their company as utilizing progressive technologies to end hunger despite the lack of scientific consensus on GE safety and widespread global rejection of their products. Additional and acute concerns include pesticide related environmental poisoning, directly contributing to the decline of bee populations, which promotes crop failure through lack of cross-pollination, loss of biodiversity and potentially eventual increased food shortages.

Not only are Monsanto's activities violations of these articles but they violate EVERYONE'S RIGHTS as put forth under Article 3 under the Universal Declaration of Human Rights: "Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person." Article 25 (1) states: "Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control."

Fact Sheet #34 The Right to Adequate Food states that the right to food must be available, accessible and adequate. "Availability requires on the one hand that food should be available from natural resources either through the production of food, by cultivating land or animal husbandry." (Page 2) Monsanto patents their seeds and sues farmers for cross-contamination of crops with Monsanto's patented foods. Monsanto has a mission to make only their foods accessible. Monsanto further compromises adequacy, defined on Page 3 as: "Adequacy means that the food must satisfy dietary needs, taking into account the individual's age, living, conditions, health, occupation, sex, etc. For example, if children's food does not contain the nutrients necessary for their physical and mental development, it is not adequate. Food that is energy-dense and low-nutrient, which can contribute to obesity and other illnesses, could be another example of inadequate food. Food should be safe for human consumption and free from adverse substances, such as contaminants from industrial or agricultural processes, including residues from pesticides, hormones or veterinary drugs." Monsanto's products have been linked to cancer, obsesity, diabetes, autism and ADHD.

Furthermore Fact Sheet #34 The Right to Adequate Food explains the duty of the State is to respect, protect and fulfill the right to food. Page 18 clearly outlines the obligations of the States here: "States have to protect individuals' enjoyment of the right to food against violations by third parties (e.g., other individuals, groups, private enterprises and other entities). For example, States should prevent third parties from destroying sources of food by, for instance polluting land, water and air with hazardous industrial or agricultural products or destroying the ancestral lands of indigenous peoples to clear the way for mines, dams, highways or industrial agriculture. The obligation to protect also includes ensuring that food put on the market is safe and nutritious. States must therefore establish and enforce food quality and safety standards, and ensure fair and equal market practices." President Obama signed the Monsanto Protection Act to make illegal to sue Monsanto. He appointed Michael Taylor, former employee of Monsanto to the FDA. Another former Monsanto employee, Clarence Thomas, sits on the Supreme Court of the United States. States in America are demanding labelling of GMO foods and getting sued. So now there is a bill in Congress that would make it illegal for all states to label GMO foods. Monsanto's profits are being protected but the people are not. Furthermore, passage of the TPP/TTIP would allow Monsanto into sovereign countries where their products have been previously banned and would eliminate labelling requirements in such countries that require it due to labelling being a prejudicial device towards the consumers, again to protect profits.

Article II and Article III under the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of Genocide are also applicable to this action. Article II defines genocide as:(b) Causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group; (c) Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part. Article III defines punishable genocide as (b) Conspiracy to commit genocide (d) Attempt to commit genocide; (e) Complicity in genocide. Illnesses and health complications that result from consumption of genetically engineered foods certainly can meet these requirements. Furthermore, Monsanto manufactured Agent Orange which was used against the Vietnamese people in warfare, which violates the Protocol for the Prohibition of the Use in War of Asphyxiating, Poisonous or other Gases, and of Bacteriological Methods of Warfare ratified in Geneva in 1929. This proves their complicity in genocide.  For all these citations, we the undersigned ask for an independent investigation and immediate moratorium on genetically engineered foods.

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    1. Reached 40,000 signatures
    2. Final push...

      Elizabeth Lane
      Petition Organizer

      Please push this petition hard and fast. I want Navi Pillay to hear our cause as she has demonstrated she is ethical as the High Commission's Chief and she will be stepping down in the future. David Nabarro has been added to the recipient's list due to his appointment as Special Representative for Agriculture for the upcoming UN Summit on Climate Change in NYC. I will be attending the rally and want to have the petition closed for presentation on the 23rd to make our voices heard. Check out www.facebook.com/global food alliance for details and memes to circulate! Also if you have had a loved one personally affected by GMOs or perhaps your own health affected email your personal story at lizboulware@Hotmail.com. You are entitled to financial compensation through UN treaties.

    3. Reached 30,000 signatures
    4. Special Rapporteur At UN Gets Results for Detroit!

      Elizabeth Lane
      Petition Organizer

      BREAKING NEWS: Appealing to the Special Rapporteur at the United Nations, activists were able to have the UN defend the right to water. So for all who have signed the petition on Change.org ( http://tinyurl.com/oudets8 ) to charge Monsanto with Human Rights Violations of our basic right to food, thinking it was a long shot....THINK AGAIN!!!

      Our cause is not LOST. Our cause is JUST!

      https://www.facebook.com/ExposeTheTPP.USA/photos/a.559197950803491.1073741828.557710050952281/724232364300048/?type=1&theater

    5. Reached 25,000 signatures
    6. 23, 565 Citizens Stand United!

      Elizabeth Lane
      Petition Organizer

      March Against Monsanto and Expose the TPP-USA are circulating a meme on behalf of this petition.This meme has had over 456,000 views. If everyone shared the meme, this would be trending on Facebook right now. With 23565 signers from 69 different countries represented, I am proud to stand to know I am not standing alone against corporate greed-driven suffering! Please share this meme on your Facebook timelines so we can get the word out: http://www.facebook.com/globalfoodalliance

      Please like the page so you access feeds and updates about the petition.

      For more information about your human right to adequate food go here. Click on Fact Sheet #34 in your language to download the UN's PDF:
      http://www.ohchr.org/EN/PublicationsResources/Pages/FactSheets.aspx

      Please promote this cause! #convictmonsanto

      Sincerely,
      Elizabeth Lane

    7. Reached 20,000 signatures
    8. Over 11,000 Signers: United We Stand

      Elizabeth Lane
      Petition Organizer

      "In accordance with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the ideal of free human beings enjoying freedom from fear and want can only be achieved if conditions are created whereby everyone may enjoy his economic, social and cultural rights, as well as his civil and political rights..." Thus we are granted our rights as outlined in The International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.

      Monsanto is not entitled to the right to profit at the expense of OUR rights. We boldly object. Should the TPP/TTIP be ratified globally, Monsanto will exploit the trade agreement to enter countries where it has already been banned. Labelling that threatens profits in countries where it is required will be lifted. Promote this petition. Our lives depend on it!

      Educate all. Learn more here:
      http://www.ustr.gov/tpp/outlines-of-TPP
      http://www.un.org/en/documents/udhr/
      http://www.ohchr.org/EN/ProfessionalInterest/Pages/CESCR.aspx

      Sincerely,
      Elizabeth Lane

    9. Reached 10,000 signatures
    10. 200 Stand United against Monsanto's madness...Help us reach more!

      Elizabeth Lane
      Petition Organizer

      Currently American elected officials continue to enact legislation that protects Monsanto's interests while turning a blind eye to the interest of the American public and our brothers and sisters around the world.

      With the growing awareness of the health and environmental risks from continuing use of Monsanto's products, Monsanto has worked to enact global legislation to overcome bans enacted by whole countries.

      http://www.foeeurope.org/monsanto-legal-right-decisions-gm-crops-270514

      Their greed knows no bounds and their disregard for the sovereignty of whole nations means nothing to them. That is why this petition must spread. Without the world standing against them, they will continue to march unabated over the global rights of humanity! Stop their madness! Campaign with me!

      Sincerely,
      Elizabeth Lane

    11. We have reached over 100 supporters...Help us reach more!

      Elizabeth Lane
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you all for supporting this petition. This petition is geared uniquely to target Monsanto in a way that has not been previously addressed, to demand accountability for their continuing human rights violations and seek justice for Monsanto's crimes against humanity..

      Please share this petition far and wide. Encourage others to be bold. Remember the words of Edmond Burke who gave us great wisdom when he said "All it takes for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing."

      Take a stand today and say to all "Not in my world."

      Sincerely,
      Elizabeth Lane

    12. Reached 100 signatures

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    • jon frasz NORTHFIELD, MN
      • about 21 hours ago

      Water, Air,Earth and Humans are more important than massive corporate profits !

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    • nermin kladnjak WEST JORDAN, UT
      • 1 day ago

      We need and deserve healthy planet for all of us

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    • Shodo Spring NORTHFIELD, MN
      • 1 day ago

      If corporations are people (which they aren't) they should be held responsible for their actions (which they haven't been). Time for a change. Monsanto is destroying life on earth.

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    • Shalimar Quinn EMBRUN, CANADA
      • 2 days ago

      I like the way nature made me, not the way MONSANTO wants me to be.......some sort of science project....I think not!!!!!!

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    • Rick Schmegelsky MOOSE JAW, CANADA
      • 2 days ago

      I don't want my children poisoned

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