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Korean peasants make a "three steps, one bow" pilgrimage against rice tariffication

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On 28th June, Korean farmers from all around country gathered to make a "three steps, one bow" pilgrimage to protect food sovereignty. Civil society organizations including Korean Peasants League (KPL) and Korean Women Peasants Association (KWPA) gathered in Chunggye Stream Square. They made a “three steps, one bow” pilgrimage for about two hours with wearing T-shirts printed on the face of Jun Bong Jun, who led farmers’ revolution in 1890’.

This people’s rally held to make public opinion that opening rice market is the problem not only of farmers, but also consumers and all citizens. Kim Youngho, president of KPL, said that “destroying food sovereignty means that our food jar will be in other countries like US and China. If our food jar will be in other countries, we cannot eat our food safely.

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La Via Campesina welcomes the UN Human Rights Council move to challenge corporate impunity

La Via Campesina Press Release

TNC%20photo%20Geneva%202014.JPG(Switzerland, Geneva, June 27, 2014) La Via Campesina welcomes the resolution approved at the UN Human Rights Council to draw up a binding treaty to punish the crimes of transnational companies (TNC's). “This is a victory for peasants, who in most cases are unable to access legal systems to take actions against the impunity of TNCs. Also, looking at the current agricultural activities that have been captured by multinational companies, the instrument will be a great tool for the victims to file cases against land-grabbing by TNCs. We thank the initiating countries and the countries that voted in favour.” said Themba Chauke from the South African Landless Peoples Movement, a member of La Via Campesina.

Violence, evictions, intimidation, the criminalisation of struggles as well as assassinations of farmers who are defending their livelihood, their land and their communities have become common practice used by agribusiness, TNCs, local elites and governments. This violence is linked to the privatization of nature, the concentration of land and the increased corporate control of the food chain.

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Joint Statement: Call for an international legally binding instrument on human rights, transnational corporations and other business enterprises

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This statement has been endorsed by a wide alliance of international networks, organizations and social movements, listed below. [1]  It represents the collective expression of a growing mobilization of global civil society calling for further enhancement of international legal standards to address corporate infringements of human rights. It welcomes the recent initiatives by States in the United Nations Human Rights Council, presented by Ecuador in the session of September 2013, to develop an international treaty on legally binding rules for TNCs on human rights issues.

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April 17: Tanzania (Mororgoro) MVIWATA debates Land rights

Mviwata.jpg(Mororgoro, April 17, 2014 ) Ahead commemoration of the International Day of Peasants' Struggle, the National Network of Farmers in Tanzania (MVIWATA) organised a workshop on 16th March, 2014 in Mororgoro town, attended by 70 participants from different cadres. These categories include farmers from different 9 regions of Tanzania mainland whose villages were affected by large scale farming, Government officials, MVIWATA Partners, academicians/researchers  and members of the press.

Deputy Minister of Lands, housing and human settlement development Hon. George Simbachawene graced the event.

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