Southern Africa Permanent Peoples Tribunal on transnational corporations

16 August 2016 - Event

The Southern Africa Campaign to Dismantle Corporate Power is holding its first session of the Permanent Peoples Tribunal on Transnational Corporations. 10 communities from Southern Africa will present their cases – the suffering they have endured at the hands of Transnational Corporations protected by the current structure of free trade agreements.

Date
16 August 2016 to 17 August 2016
Time
All day
Location
Manzini, Swaziland
Photo credit Ricardo Santos

The Southern Africa Campaign to Dismantle Corporate Power is holding its first session of the Permanent Peoples Tribunal on Transnational Corporations on 16 & 17 August in Manzini, Swaziland. [See the full press release (pdf)]

During the 2-day session, 10 communities from Southern Africa will present their cases – the suffering they have endured at the hands of Transnational Corporations, through the monstrous structure of corporate impunity– to a plenary of respected jurors.

The Tribunal takes place as a part of the Southern African People's Solidarity Network (SAPSN) Peoples’ Summit in Manzini, Swaziland. The Southern Africa Campaign is the regional leg of the Global Campaign to Dismantle Corporate Power, Stop Impunity and Reclaim Peoples’ Sovereignty.

The Peoples' Tribunal on Transnational Corporation in Swaziland: The Case of Vale and Jindal in Mozambique.

The new Southern Africa Campaign to Dismantle Corporate Power is organizing the Peoples’ Tribunal on Transnational Corporations, which is going to be held in the Bosco Skills Centre, in Manzini, Swaziland, on August 16th and 17th. The Southern Africa Campaign forms part of the Global Campaign to Reclaim Peoples Sovereignty, Dismantle Corporate Power and Stop Impunity .

The Peoples’ Tribunal, under the auspices of the Permanent People’s Tribunal on Transnational Corporations, will take place over two sessions of hearings. After this first one in Swaziland, the second will be in May 2017 in a place yet to be confirmed.

It is a space where communities that have been affected by the actions and operations of Transnational Corporations will present their cases, and where they can network and mobilise.

Two of the cases will be presented in Swaziland by Justiça Ambiental – Friends of the Earth Mozambique. Two big transnational corporations will be denounced for their coal mining activities in Tete province, with hundreds and hundreds of families affected: the Indian Jindal and the Brazilian Vale.

Real World Radio interviewed the director of Justiça Ambiental – Friends of the Earth Mozambique, Anabela Lemos, to know more about both cases and why they are going to be exposed during the Peoples’ Tribunal.