The Accra Human Rights Court has thrown out an objection challenging the jurisdiction of the court to try the case involving the authorisation of confined field trials of the first GM crops in Ghana, ruling in favour of Food sovereignty Ghana.
This is the second victory in a row. It would be recalled that the defendants, after failing to throw out the case in the Appeals Court on the grounds that the ruling on the interlocutory injunction against the intended realise of BT Cowpea and GM Rice until the final determination of the suit, arguing that the court ruling had determined the entire case.
This time, the defendants had raised issues dealing with the jurisdiction of the High Court to deliberate on the case, Food Sovereignty Ghana & 3 others Vs National Biosafety Committee & 4 others, against the commercialisation of genetically modified crops (GM crops) in Ghana. They cited Section 26 of the Biosafety Act 831 which establishes a tribunal for resolving issues relating to bio-engineering and technology.
In her ruling the judge upheld the right of FSG to seek appropriate redress from the Human Rights Court, insisting that the Food sovereignty Ghana’s suit is not pre-mature as the jurisdiction of the court has been properly invoked.