After Thursday's preparations and the help of many volunteers, the Monsanto Tribunal kicked off on Friday with the Opening Press Conference. The venue was packed with delegates, journalists and film crews!
Several members of the Organising Committee, together with ambassadors, introduced the Monsanto Tribunal's process and answered questions of the press. The message delivered by Nnimmo Bassey was particularly inspiring. Watch it here!
In the meantime the judges were meeting to prepare for the hearings, which start at 8:30am GMT+2 on Saturday morning.
After the press conference Valérie Cabanes, lawyer and spokesperson for End Ecocide on Earth, highlighted the importance of the Monsanto Tribunal in the recognition of ecocide as a crime in international law. See the video here.
The People's Assembly also started on Friday afternoon with a session on the theme of “A Century of Ecocide and Genocide”. It continues on Saturday with a series of workshops. Find the detailed program and the description of the workshops on the program page.
Nnimmo Bassey and Farida Akhter
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