Press Release: Permanent Peoples' Tribunal, Putting European corporations on trial

12 May 2010
Press release

The Permanent Peoples' Tribunal (PPT) will convene in Madrid (14-17 May 2010) as part of the Fourth Peoples' Alternatives Summit - Enlazandos Alternativas 4 (EA4) - in parallel to the EU's trade negotiations with Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) nations.

European transnational corporations including Nestlé, Bayer, British Petroleum and Shell (27 companies in total) will be put on trial at the Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal held 14-17 May in Madrid, Spain.

The charges range from economic and environmental crimes to violations of human rights and labour laws committed in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC). Some of these crimes take place in accordance with national and international laws.

As a result, next week’s court sessions will pay special attention to the role of the European Union (EU) and its policies, institutions and official instruments in corporations’ pursuit of profit and expansion on the Latin American continent.

Jurors at the Tribunal include a senior corporate crimes lawyer, Judith Brown Chomsky, and other international law experts.

Jurors, witnesses and organisations presenting the cases are available for interviews. Executive summaries of the cases in English will be available on Monday, 10 May 2010. Summaries in Spanish are available immediately on request.

Permanent Peoples Tribunal is part of the Linking Alternatives summit, organised in parallel to the official meeting of the Presidents and Heads of State of the EU and LAC, under the Spanish Presidency of the EU.

Some of the corporations on trial, by country:

Belgium: GDF Suez S.A, its Belgian subsidiary SPE
France: Augas del Suez, Louis Dreyfus, Perenco Group
Germany: BASF, Bayer, Continental, Thyssen Krupp
Italy: Endesa-Enel, Impregilo S.P.A.
Netherlands: Agrenco, Pluspetrol Resources Corporation NV, Shell
Portugal: BANIF
Spain: Águas de Barcelona-Suez, BBVA, Canal de Isabell II, Endesa-Enel, FCC, Iberdrola, Pescanova, Repsol YPF, Santander, Telefónica, Unión Fenosa-Gas Natural, Veolia)
Sweden: Stora Enso
Switzerland: Glencore, Holcim, Nestlé, Syngenta
UK: AngloAmerican, British Petroleum, Perenco Group, Repsol YPF