Monsanto lawsuit ruling a ‘significant recognition’ of victims’ human rights, say UN rights experts

UN News
UN experts said the $290 million jury award to a terminally-ill American on 10 August, 2018, who claimed his cancer was caused by a Monsanto manufactured weed killer, was a significant recognition of victims human rights.

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations.

The court decision to award nearly $290 million to a terminally-ill man from the United States who claimed his cancer was caused by a herbicide in a commercial weed killer, has been welcomed by two United Nations human rights experts as a “significant recognition” of the responsibilities that chemical companies have to consumers.

A court in California on Friday ruled that chemical giant Monsanto should compensate Dewayne Johnson, a school groundskeeper, after a jury found the company did not place a warning label on its weed killers, stating that their widespread use could cause terminal cancer.

Mr. Johnson, 46, had regularly used Monsanto products RoundUp and Ranger Pro in his work, according to media reports. He was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma four years ago and doctors do not expect him to live beyond 2020.

“The ruling recognises the potential causal relations between cancer and Monsanto’s glyphosate-based weedkillers, including RoundUp, and the company’s negligence by failing to inform users of cancer risks,” the independent UN experts said in a statement issued on Wednesday.

“This decision is a significant recognition of the human rights of victims, and the responsibilities of chemical companies.”

They said the court’s decision reflects a 2015 assessment that glyphosate, a herbicide, was classified by the World Health Organization (WHO) as “probably carcinogenic to humans”.

It showed that “internal company documents” demonstrated that Monsanto had known for decades that glyphosate, and specifically, Roundup, could cause cancer. The company has appealed the ruling.

“We regret that the ruling came too late as Mr. Johnson is suffering from terminal cancer. No monetary compensation is adequate for his life,” the statement continued.

“We express our deepest condolences for his pain and suffering and praise his courage and unwavering will to fight for his rights.”

The UN experts who released the statement are Hilal Elver, Special Rapporteur on the right to food, and Dainius Pūras, Special Rapporteur on the right to physical and mental health. Ms. Elver is set to present a report on the rights of agricultural workers at the UN General Assembly in New York, in just a few weeks’ time.

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

the European Sting Milestones

Featured Stings

Stopping antimicrobial resistance would cost just USD 2 per person a year

WEF Davos 2016 LIVE: “No other problem has jeopardised the EU as much as the refugee question” Joachim Gauck, President of the Federal Republic of Germany, cries out from Davos

There is a forgotten solution to climate change that we must invest in – nature

Who is to lose from the 6-month extension of the EU economic sanctions against Russia?

US and Mexico child deportations drive extreme violence and trauma: UNICEF

African continent ‘an example of solidarity’ towards migrants and refugees: UN chief

Alice in Colombia

Fed and ECB prepare a new party for the financial sharks

Job vacancy data reveal better prospects for Britain, stagnation in Eurozone

Eurozone 2013: Where to?

GSMA Mobile 360 Series –Digital Societies, in association with The European Sting

Idea of ‘homogenous’ Polish culture is a myth: UN human rights expert

Bring killers of journalists to justice: UN agency seeks media partners for new campaign

Distributed ownership: what it means and how it could transform India

American negotiators can’t pay for their trip to Brussels, EU-US trade agreement freezes

This 12-year-old built an underwater robot to fight plastic pollution

Latest leaked TTIP document confirms EU sovereignty may be under threat

In 2019, ‘reasons for hope’ in a world still on ‘red alert’: UN chief Guterres

First full satellite survey of devastated ancient Aleppo raises recovery hopes

Making money from meeting the SDGs? An overarching approach to sustainable development.

On the detention of children in the United States of America

Here are the biggest cybercrime trends of 2019

Newly displaced fleeing attacks in northeast Nigeria, top 2,000

EU migration crisis again accentuates lack of unity and solidarity among member states

The US repelled EU proposals on common rules for banks

2019 EU Budget: Commission proposes a budget focused on continuity and delivery – for growth, solidarity, security

UN agencies launch emergency plan for millions of Venezuelan refugees and migrants

250 days until the European Parliament elections

Access to ‘affordable’ medicines in India: challenges & solutions

Mass-graves found of at least 535 killed during ‘organized and planned’ inter-communal attacks in western DR Congo

Why a healthy planet and a healthy economy go hand-in-hand

Climate change and health: Raising awareness is the key for greener actions

Draghi left alone with no hope of boosting EU growth as Merkel just focuses on next elections

How Abu Dhabi found a way to grow vegetables in 40-degree heat

WEF Davos 2016 LIVE: “CO2 is not the problem, it is the symptom”, the pilots who crossed the world using solar energy cry out from Davos

European Youth cries out: Sustainable Development Goals ambitious, but lack focus on youth

How ducks are helping Bangladeshi farmers cope with cyclones

Dreaming of China

Healing of ozone layer gives hope for climate action: UN report

Security: better access to data for border control and migration management

More than one billion people do not have access to electricity. What will it take to get them connected?

Getting vaccinated should just be considered a human right?

Brexit may finally not really happen; The Brits have second thoughts

Human rights ‘core to sustainable development’: deputy UN chief

Laws must protect, ‘not reject’ says UNAIDS chief on Zero Discrimination Day

Commission threatens Chinese firms with trade penalties

Impacting society with digital ingenuity – World Summit Award proclaiming the top 8 worldwide

IMF: How To Deal With Failed Banks

EU job-search aid worth €9.9m for 1,858 former Air France workers

The financial war touches Frankfurt and Berlin

Time to say goodbye to the plastic straw. But what’s the best alternative?

The European Parliament x-rays the troika’s doings

As children in Ebola-affected areas of DR Congo head back to school, UNICEF ramps up support

European Union: More taxes out of less income

Indonesia’s imams are joining the fight against plastic bags

How to stay in shape and step up support for refugees

European Youth Capital 2018 : Cascais

Don’t dismiss start-ups founded by millennials. This is how they succeed

Rohingya refugee shelters ‘washed away’ in Bangladesh monsoon rains: UN agency

Is Germany closer to Russia than the West? Nord Stream II and Iran count more

Here are three ways the private sector can act as a sustainability catalyst for Globalization 4.0

More Stings?

Speak your Mind Here

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s