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Title: A Landmark Victory for Justice: Biowatch’s Battle with the South African State and Monsanto
Authors: Wynberg, Rachel
Fig, David
Keywords: Legal
Constitutional Court
Issue Date: 2013
Publisher: Biowatch South Africa
Abstract: What has become known as “the Biowatch case” originated in a genuine attempt to access information from government about the planting of genetically modified crops in South Africa. Biowatch only used the law as a last resort, after numerous earlier requests for the information, to which we felt entitled under the Constitution, were stalled or refused. The story you are about to read is the organisation’s official version of what it experienced in the prosecution of this case. Biowatch was confronted by outdated approaches to the law, the immense power of transnational corporations and government collusion with corporate interests. It is a tale of risk and heroism, inasmuch as Biowatch’s existence was threatened and yet it persisted in its quest for justice. It also underlines the importance in our democratic justice system of the Constitutional Court, the only forum in which we felt that true justice was served.
ISSN: 978-0-620-55828-0
Appears in Collections:Governance and Politics

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