MAPPP et al v. Syngenta

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September 17, 2020
Final judgment
International, Bern

Environmental NGOs, Farm/rural workers, Farmers
Maharashtra Association of Pesticide Poisoned Persons (MAPPP), Pesticide Action Network (PAN) India, Public Eye, European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR), Pesticides Action Network Asia Pacific (PANAP)
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Polo, Diafenthiuron
A mediation through the Swiss OECD National Contact Point (NCP) over alleged pesticide poisonings in Yavatmal caused by Syngenta’s insecticide Polo.
Swiss National Contact Point of the OECD of Bern, International

June 16, 2022
The Swiss NCP closes the specific instance.
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In 2017, cotton farmers were severely poisoned by pesticides in the Yavatmal region. A written submission related to possible health and socio economic impacts for a group of 51 farmers and farm workers in India, end users of pesticides produced by Syngenta, has been submitted to the Swiss National Contact Point (NCP) on 17 September 2020 to consider a specific instance under the OECD Guidelines regarding Syngenta. On Dec. 15, 2020, the Swiss NCP assesses that the issues raised in this submission merit further consideration and therefore accepts the specific instance and offers its good offices to the parties. Although submitting parties claim that the sales practices of Syngenta violated domestic legislation as well as international standards of pesticide management, this decision is not based on conclusive research or fact-finding, nor does it represent a conclusion as to whether Syngenta observed the OECD Guidelines or not. But mediation between Parties may proceed. On June 16, 2022, the Swiss NCP concludes that discussions on the question of whether Polo caused the intoxication of the farmers would create serious prejudice for Syngenta with regard to an ongoing court proceedings (Two widows of Indian farm workers et al v. Syngenta) at the civil court of Basel-Stadt that could take years to conclude. It closes the mediation with no outcome and no agreement on remedy for the harm caused to dozens of Indian farmers and measures to prevent future poisonings.