Special Correspondent

JAIPUR: The Pesticide Action Network in Asia and the Pacific (PAN-AP) has nominated Justice Panachand Jain, former Judge of the Rajasthan High Court, to the jury of the Permanent People’s Tribunal in the Philippines and Germany to hear cases against multi-national agrochemical corporations accused of violating human rights of peasants.

While the Asia Regional Tribunal will conduct hearings in the Philippines from April 6 to 9, the main tribunal will be held in Germany between May 26 and 28 this year to examine evidence on multi-national companies infringing upon human rights in the agricultural sector.

PAN-AP executive director Sarojeni V. Rengam in a communication to Mr. Justice Jain here over the weekend said a large number of MNCs had indulged in activities such as genetic modification, control of seeds, poisoning of agro-chemical products and land grabbing for corporate farming, which had violated human rights of local communities in the developing countries.

The Permanent People’s Tribunal, established in Italy in 1979, functions as an independent global opinion-making body on issues directly affecting the common people. It derives legitimacy from the Universal Declaration of the Rights of People.