- Published on Monday, 02 December 2013 22:39
The commodification of food and agriculture through the World Trade Organisation destroys the livelihood of small-scale food producers all over the world.
As we mark ten years since Lee Kyung Hae's self sacrifice outside the WTO in Cancun, read about the new threat of the WTO Bali package and the resistance of People's movements.
- Published on Monday, 02 December 2013 18:48
Media Advisory- Gerak Lawan, SMAA, LVC
(Dec 2, Bali) As the official WTO talks open on the 3rd of December in Bali, peoples movements will take to the streets on the same day. The Gerak Lewan- an alliance of Indonesian Peoples Movements against Neocolonialism and Imperialism, along with the Social Movements for an Alternative Asia (SMAA), a newly formed coordination of Asian social movements along with La Via Campesina will demonstrate in Renon Square in Denpasar from 9 am until 2 pm.
The protest will bring together atleast a 1000 farmers, trade unions, students, women and youth from more than 30 countries. They will manifest their total rejection of the WTO and its free trade regime. “The Bali package is a terrible deal for the developing world. We are forced to accept a legally binding agreement on trade facilitation and cut our small subsidies for farmers and the hungry. The peace clause is a trojan horse to get us to accept the WTO deal.” said Henry Saragih of Indonesia.
“We don't want to get into discussions on weather the peace clause should be for 4 years or 10 years, the point is that the WTO is doing nothing for the farmers, in the long run it spells death for us. Indian farmers will never accept such a deal,” said Yudhvir Singh of BKU.
The protests will remain peaceful and will use colorful dance and culture to express the people's solidarity and rejection of the WTO.
- Published on Friday, 29 November 2013 20:04
La Via Campesina Media Advisory
(Bali, 28 November 2013) The international peasants' movement -La Via Campesina, with over 200 million members in 70 countries, will organize in a massive way from Dec 1-6 2013 at the upcoming World Trade Organization 9th Ministerial meeting in Bali, Indonesia. It will bring in a large delegation of peasants from around the world to Bali in order to demonstrate its opposition to the World Trade Organization (WTO).
The WTO, the emblematic institution of free trade and corporate-led globalization has been trying to push for the expansion of its free trade rules through the Doha Round launched in 2001. After several collapses and stalemates in the negotiations, the WTO has found a way to revive not only itself but also to deepen the free trade liberalization agenda and expand into areas not previously covered by trade. Through the proposed Bali Package, the WTO is bringing life back to the negotiations by making empty promises of development to Least Developed Countries, a terrible deal on Agriculture to developing countries and in return, taking a legally binding agreement on Trade Facilitation. La Via Campesina denounces these efforts to revive the severely de-legitimized organization and calls for an End to the WTO and the free trade regime.
- Published on Wednesday, 27 November 2013 20:21
Declaration of the Delegation of Election Observers of Vía Campesina about the electoral process 24th of November in Honduras
(Tegucigalpa, Honduras, November 25, 2013) La Vía Campesina participated with 60 national and international observers in the Honduran elections which took place the 24th of November 2013, in order to support and sustain the Human and Citizen Rights of the people of Honduras as well as the Honduran Peasants movement.
In this way we sympathize with the civil society in Honduras which, since the Coup d’état in 2009 has suffered an increase of the structural violence with the murder of 113 peasants, the arrest and other restrictive measures of 1460 peasants and the direct violence against female leaders, all because of their social struggle for land.