- Published on Wednesday, 19 June 2013 09:45
Call of the VI Conference of La Via Campesina – Egidio Brunetto (June 9-13, 2013)
(Jakarta, June 12, 2013) We, La Vía Campesina, call rural and urban organizations and social movements to transform and build a new society based on food sovereignty and justice. We gather here strengthened by the spirit of our friends and leaders and all those whose courage and commitment to our struggle inspires us. La Via Campesina, an international peasant movement gathers more than 200 million peasants, small-scale producers, landless, women, youth, indigenous, migrants, and farm and food workers, from 183 organizations and 88 countries. We are in here in Asia home to the majority of the world’s peasants to celebrate our first two decades of struggles.
Coming together in Mons (Belgium) in 1993 and articulating our radical vision of food sovereignty in Tlaxcala (Mexico) in 1996, we have succeeded in repositioning peasant and family farmers (men and women) as a central social actor in the processes of resisting the neo-liberal trade agenda and constructing alternatives. As people of the land we are vital actors not only in the construction of a distinct agricultural model, but also in building a fair, diverse and egalitarian world. We feed humanity and care for nature. Future generations depend on us to protect the earth.
- Published on Saturday, 15 June 2013 19:23
“LAND IS LIFE, STOP LAND GRABBING!!!”
Agrarian Reform Salute.....!!!
Viva La Via Campesina.....!!!
After independence a new agrarian law was release, the Basic Agrarian Law (UUPA) No.5/1960. The law becomes a legal umbrella both de facto and de jure for Indonesia to manage natural resources and to ensure peasants and people’s sovereignty as a whole in Indonesia. The law also contains mandates from the nation’s vision and mission to guarantee and ensure the implementation of AGRARIAN REFORM in Indonesia. Despite its initial purposes to guarantee land for the people and land to the tiller’s in practices UUPA No.5/1960 has been deliberately undermine and even further it has been distorted by state apparatus by issuing partial and sectoral agrarian policy that eliminate the guarantee to make peasants and people in Indonesia become sovereign over their natural resources use and management.
Declaration of solidarity with peasants, men and women and first nations peoples of Honduras, Guatemala and Panama
- Published on Saturday, 15 June 2013 19:21
The delegates, men and women, from 88 countries across the world of 183 peasant organizations affiliated with the Via Campesina International an form the Continents of Europe, the Americas, Africa, Asia and Australia, in the context of the 6th International Conference taking place between June 6th and June 13th of current year in Jakarta, Indonesia DECLARE their full solidarity with the peoples of Honduras Guatemala and Panama and especially with the peasants, men and women peasants, and in particular with those who are first nations peoples and afro-decedents in their struggle for mother earth, their territories, water, seeds and food sovereignty.
Given the wave of mass murders, persecution, threats, imprisonment of thousands of peasants, first nations peoples and Afro-descendants at the hands of transnational corporations, local oligarchies and governments that serve the interests of capital, we condemn and denounce before the national and international human rights organizations, and the world, the permanent violation of economic, social and cultural rights of these peoples.
Overcoming suffering from Great Earthquake, we seek renewable energy centered society while strengthening anti-FTA/TPP movement
- Published on Saturday, 15 June 2013 19:20
Japan Family Farmers Movement (Nouminren) delegation to the LVC VI Conference
On March 11, 2011 an accident happened at Japan’s nuclear power plant despite the assurance of the government and other pro-nuclear circles stating that nuclear power is absolutely safe.
From the Fukushima nuclear accident, we realized that once an accident at a nuclear power plant occurs and radioactive material is released into the environment, there is no technological means to contain it. The damage spreads geographically without limit and the consequences persist for generations.
The accident particularly affected organic farming which we have developed for a long time and direct marketing movement where the farming products were sold.
In Fukushima, still 150,000 people cannot return home and thus receive relief. It is an urgent issue.