- Published on Wednesday, 22 July 2015 02:05
(Geneva, June, 22 2015) - the European peasant organisations of the Via Campesina and their allies (FIAN, CETIM, Mundubat, Pain pour le Prochain) met in Geneva for three days at the beginning of June 2015 in order to meet with European representatives and discuss the new draft of the Declaration on the rights of peasants and other persons working in rural areas.
This workshop followed the second session of the open-ended intergovernmental working group for the United Nations Declaration on the rights of peasants, which was held at the Human Rights Council in February this year. Florence Kroff of FIAN Belgium explained, "In light of the poor participation of representatives from European Union member states in this negotiation session, it seemed vital to us to organise a specific meeting with the European Union delegations to Geneva, in order to discuss the important content of the Declaration and provide perspective as experts and as European farmers."
- Published on Tuesday, 14 July 2015 13:47
La Via Campesina's electronic newsletter, June 2015 edition, is now available. This newsletter highlights, among other issues, the current milk crisis facing the European dairy farmers, the National Peasant day celebration in Nepal which focused on saving seeds, and the opposition to Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) on both sides of the Pacific by Via Campesina members. The different issues and actions from the regions are also presented. Download the newsletter, read and share it! Globalize the Struggle! Globalize Hope!
- Published on Friday, 10 July 2015 13:57
The power and impunity of the transnationals are stifling the voices of the world’s peoples
(Harare, 9th of July 2015) La Via Campesina strongly decries the fact that international policies and legislative processes which supposedly are decided upon democratically and by the citizens are increasingly dominated by the interests of large multinational corporations, with the connivance of the governing classes. Furthermore, while existing structures allow the crimes committed by these same transnationals to go unpunished, there is a growing incidence of criminalisation of those who are struggling in defence of human rights.
At the international, regional, national, and local levels, it is more and more apparent that legislative frameworks are being designed, interpreted, and implemented so as to respond to the interests of large transnational companies - to the detriment of the common good and despite the resistance of social movements and organisations that are seeking different paths. This situation is compounded by a lack of transparency towards civil society.
- Published on Tuesday, 07 July 2015 13:17
La Via Campesina Africa Region II
(July 6, 2015) We, who have been evicted from our land and territories, and dispossessed of our natural resources,
We, young women, men and communities,
We, who live permanently impoverished, in conflict-ridden areas and under threat by armed groups,
We, who are unemployed and desperate,
We, who leave our land and our families, we who face all possible risks including death because we are left with no other choice than to believe that El Dorado can be found on the other side of the Mediterranean.