Over 80 human rights organizations reject glyphosate use in Mexico

11/08/2020

More than 80 human rights organizations rejected the use of glyphosate in Mexico, as it would impact access to the rights to health and a healthy environment. They censured "the intention of some sectors of the federal government that seek to impose industrial interests at the cost of potential harm to the population and the environment".

In Mexico, more than 80 human rights organizations reject the use of glyphosate. Photo: Pixabay
In Mexico, more than 80 human rights organizations reject the use of glyphosate. Photo: Pixabay

The National Network of Civil Human Rights Organizations "All Rights for All" (made up of 86 NGOs with a presence in 23 states), demanded a halt to actions aimed at opening up the use of glyphosate in the national territory.

They warned that on August 4, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (Sader) published the draft presidential decree to schedule and coordinate the necessary technical studies to determine the safety of glyphosate.

In response, the organizations, including the Miguel Agustín Pro Juárez and Fray Francisco de Vitoria human rights centers, supported the concern expressed by Victor Toledo, head of the Secretariat of the Environment and Natural Resources, to act responsibly from the different levels of the federal government, always placing the precautionary principle and agro-ecological options above the dynamics of toxic agro-production. They also called on President Andrés Manuel López Obrador to place unrestricted respect for human rights at the center of all his transformation policies.

They demanded that within their respective competencies, the Presidency of the Republic, Semarnat, Sader, the National Commission of Human Rights and the Mexican Federation of Public Organizations of Human Rights work to consolidate "in an urgent manner an agroecological transition and a policy of strengthening food sovereignty in our country, in a total attachment to the exercise of human rights and in an attachment to the goals of the Objectives of Sustainable Development of the UN".

And that within the scope of their attributions, each of the aforementioned agencies does what is necessary to fully comply with Recommendation 82/2018 of the CNDH, regarding the violation of the human rights to food, clean water, a healthy environment and health, and for the failure to comply with the general obligation of due diligence to restrict the use of highly dangerous pesticides, to the detriment of the general population.