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Petition against kids used like signal flags to fumigate pesticides

Canadian Committee To Combat Crimes Against Humanity
3-220, de Beauharnois Street West
Montreal (Quebec) Canada, H2N 1K2
Telephone: (514) 387-0149 / 387-1342
www.comitecanadien.org
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The Canadian Committee to Combat Crimes against Humanity (CCCCH) to the members of the House of Commons.

To the honourable members:

The present petition concerns some youngsters used like signal flags to fumigate pesticides. Kids of less than sixteen years old are sprinkled with pesticides while they work marking the fields of culture. This crime is committed in the locality of Las Petacas, province of Santa Fe, Argentina.

Public documents informs us, that the pilot of the plane who throws the pesticide does not knows exactly where he must fumigate, therefore the agricultural producers (most of them soy producers) of the zone found an economic solution: children of less than 16 years stand with a flag on the place to fumigate. They sprinkle them with Roundup, sometimes with 2-4 D.

The Roundup is the trademark of a systemic herbicide of large spectre, produced by North American agrochemical giant Monsanto. It is the most fluently sold herbicide used in the world of all the times. Monsanto developed and patented the molecule of the glyphosate in the 70s, and sold the Roundup since 1973. It kept some exclusives rights in the United States until its American patent finished in September 2000, and maintained a predominant market in the countries where the patent exhaled earlier.

The active ingredient of Roundup is the isopropylamine salt of glyphosate. The way glyphosate acts is by inhibiting an enzyme implied in the synthesis of the tyrosine of the amino acids, tryptophan and phenylalanine. It is absorbed through foliage and elated to the crucial points of the plant. The bad herbs and grass will generally come out again in one to two months after use.

The biggest user of Roundup is the American Government who sprays enormous quantities of the herbicide on the countries of the north of South America in an effort to discourage the culture of the coca plant. (Plan Colombia).

In April 25, 2006 the MP, Pat Martin (NDP), presented a project of law that tried to place a moratorium on the use of the cosmetic pesticide until such use is proven to be sure. The project has been beaten, 87 to 207.

This project has been presented at the same moment that Paediatrics & Child Health published a survey that enhanced the risks on the health of children by the use of pesticides. The survey was very critical at the Canadian regulatory agency of pesticides, that had lately approved the use of 2,4 D. The surveys authors concluded that the evaluations of the 2,4-D didn't approach levels of ethics, rigor or of transparency in the medical research.

The Canadian agency estimates that the pesticides in question are all out of dangers for children, however the testimonies presented in support of this petition demonstrate that when the kids in Argentina are sprinkled of these pesticides they all feel symptoms of poisoning as consequence of contact with the pesticides.

By the simple reading of the testimonies of the situation lived by the children and their parents, one is revolted by this ignominious act used, not only on children, but on human beings, to serve as signals in order to pour on them a contaminating dangerous chemical in the name of financial interests.

We remind the Honourable Members of this House that Argentina is the second producer of soy in the world and that Canada is its main market.

The CCCCH estimates that if Canada, being the main out-flow of Argentinas soy, must absolutely not only insure the public that the product that is consumed by Canadians is free of contaminating chemicals, but this country must also insure the public that the production of these products doesn't violates human rights.

In this case we are in presence of an odious crime that violates all conventions signed by Canada concerning the human rights and that requires immediate repair.

Consequently the CCCCH solicits this House of Commons:

Considering that Canada is the main consumer of soy from Argentina;

1. that the Canadian Parliament requires to the Argentinean government a deep investigation on the crime committed on these children and their parents and that it insures that the responsible persons are accused of crime;

2. that the Canadian Parliament puts the mechanisms judged necessary to insure in place that Canadian corporations and/or Canadian investors are not accomplices of the crime committed against the children in Las Petacas;

3. to require the Canadian government, that in the case where Canadians would be implied in the commission of this abject crime, that a complete medical help is immediately brought to the victims;

4. to require the Canadian government, that in the case where Canadians would be implied in the commission of this abject crime, that an immediate financial help is brought to the victims.

5. to require the Canadian government that it sets in motion all means judged suitable to insure and to give appropriated account that the persons responsible of this crime are brought before a court under the charge of have committed a crime against the humanity;

Renй Silva
Director of the CCCCH, for the CCCCH, its members and all signatories


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