- Published on Monday, 28 March 2016 12:31
La Via Campesina Call for Mobilisation-For Life, Land, and Healthy Food: 20 Years of Resistance
(Harare, March 24th, 2016) This 20th anniversary of the International Day of Peasants’ and Farmers’ Struggle is taking place in the midst of a truly alarming situation with regard to the human rights of peasants and farmers. Recently, there has been an increase in the repression suffered by peasants and farmers, both women and men, in their daily struggle for their rights.
At the beginning of March, Berta Caceres, the coordinator of the Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous Organisations of Honduras (COPINH) was assassinated in her home. One week later, in Colombia, a member of the Peasant Association of Arauca (a member organisation of FENSUAGRO) was killed and three other peasant farmers, also members of an Association affiliated to FENSUAGRO, were taken prisoner. These four peasant farmers are part of a long list of Colombian human rights defenders and members of farmers’ and indigenous peoples’ organisations who have been threatened, imprisoned, or assassinated since the beginning of 2016. Tragically, every day and in every part of the world, very many farmers and defenders of peasant and small-scale agriculture are victims of such murderous attacks.
Position of the La Via Campesina in Honduras against the increasing criminalisation of the peasant and indigenous social struggle
- Published on Tuesday, 22 March 2016 20:12
(Comayagua, March 16th, 2016) We, the organisations belonging to La Via Campesina Honduras – The National Office of Rural Workers (CNTC); The National Association of Honduran Peasants (ANACH); The Council for the Integral Development of Women Peasants (CODIMCA); The National Peasant, Indigenous, and Afro-descendant Youth Front (FRENAJUC); and the regional representatives of the Association for the Development of Honduras (ADROH) from Gracias, Lempira; Opatoro and Márcala, La Paz; Colomoncagua, and Intibucá, meeting together in the municipality of Siguatepeque, Comayagua – responding to the very serious social and political crisis affecting women and men peasants, indigenous people, the Garifuna people, and the popular movement throughout the country, strongly condemn:
1. The state policy of neglecting and fragmenting small-scale peasant production.
2. The extreme poverty in rural areas (more than 3 million peasants are suffering from hunger) with poverty levels as high as 70% of the population, of whom 54% are in extreme poverty.
3. The violent evictions taking place on orders of the Courts and the National Police and serving the interests of the power elite and landowners.
4. The imprisonment of more than 5,000 peasants, including 1,700 peasant women, and the assassination of over 140 women and men peasants in conflicts involving land tenure or the defence of territory.
5. The new Criminal Code bill, which we strongly oppose – both because the peasant movement was not consulted and it criminalises the peasant struggle for land as well as all social movement demands.
- Published on Friday, 18 March 2016 17:10
(Canada, March 17, 2016) - The Federal Budget will be tabled in Parliament on March 22, 2016. The National Farmers Union (NFU) presented its recommendations to the House of Commons Finance Committee during its pre-budget consultation process. The NFU is calling for the budget to:
- Rebuild agriculture institutions through return to prior funding levels (at least) and by renewing their commitment to the public interest.
- Support farm incomes by supporting effective institutions that provide farmers with market power.
- Refocus agricultural programs and policy on the principles of food sovereignty.
- Re-invest in public interest agriculture research, particularly public plant breeding
- Correct the damage caused by ending the single desk for wheat marketing
- Support young farmers to ensure there is a next generation of family farms
- Safeguard domestic food production for the long-term
- Support agriculture climate change mitigation and adaptation
- Implement universal pharmacare
Visit the NFU website for the full brief, Rebuilding Canada’s agricultural institutions in the public interest for sustainable, prosperous family farms: NFU Submission to Federal Pre-Budget Consultation, February 2016, or download the PDF version inEnglish or French.
For more information:
Jan Slomp, NFU President: (403) 704-4364
Hilary Moore: NFU Vice President, Policy: (613) 259-2177
- Published on Friday, 18 March 2016 17:04
Real World Radio
The MP and peasant leader made reference to the violence against organizations with the complicity of the State and reaffirmed the call to solidarity and international denunciation – Organizations create Popular Honduran Articulation Berta Cáceres
(Honduras, March 17, 2016) After the assassination on March 3rd of Honduran Lenca leader Berta Caceres, the restriction of Gustavo Castro´s movements in Honduras (of Otros Mundos – Friends of the Earth Mexico), and upon the arrival to Honduras of an International Mission made up of several European and Latin American MPs to verify the humanitarian situation in Honduras, on Wednesday we learned about the murder of another COPINH member, Nelson Noé García, as well as the attack against the member of Via Campesina Honduras, Cristian Mauricio Alegría Turcios.
In an interview with Real World Radio on Wednesday, the leader of Via Campesina, Rafael Alegría, referred to the attack against his nephew, Cristian Mauricio Alegría Turcios, of Via Campesina Honduras, as a “plan to repress” the organization.