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Yes, there are peasants in Europe and their rights must be protected

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(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."

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We who come from Africa, the Maghreb and other countries

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(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 farmers,

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.

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Israeli Violations against the Palestinian Farmers, 2015

b_350_0_16777215_00_images_Stop_Isreal_violations_2014.jpegThe Union of Agricultural Work Committees (UAWC) followed up intensely the Israeli violations against the Palestinian farmers to expose the brutality of the occupation to the local and international world. In addition, UAWC supported the affected Palestinian farmers and their families to strengthen their resilience on land – the land of the parents and grandparents. The violations mentioned in the report are just a part of the Israeli violations against the Palestinian agricultural sector for not all of the violations are reported and documented.

In the first six months of 2015, the Israeli army and Israeli settlers uprooted more than 9910 trees most of them were olive trees. In comparison the total number of trees uprooted in 2014 was 9400. Thus, there is a tangible increase in the number of trees uprooted in 2015. Other statistics of the first six months of 2015 include: settler violence recorded reached 95 incidents, Palestinian-owned structures demolished in the West Bank reached 280 structures, and violations in Access Restricted Area (ARA) reached at least 370 incidents. Download and read the Semi Annual Report

UAWC: Norwegian pension fund KLP excludes its investment in Israeli projects in the West Bank

b_350_0_16777215_00_images_2015-07-01_UAWC_Norwegian_KPL_Ban.jpg(Palestine, June, 2015) Union of Agricultural Work Committees' (UAWC) legal and advocacy unit emphasized that UAWC in coordination with NPA, NUMGE, and Colonization& Wall Resistance Commission was able to pressure the large Norwegian pension fund Kommunal Landspensjonskasse (KLP) to exclude the companies Heidelberg Cement AG and Cemex SAB de SV from their investment portfolios with effect from 1 June 2015.

KLP excluded Heidelberg Cement and Cemex on the grounds of their exploitation of natural resources in occupied territory on the West Bank through investing in the construction of quarries. The quarries pay regular fees and royalties to the state of Israel, via the Civil Administration, in order to keep operating. The products deriving from the quarries are used primarily in the domestic Israeli market. In KLP’s opinion this activity constitutes an unacceptable risk of violating fundamental ethical norms.

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African civil society slams Monsanto junk GM maize deal

Press Release by:  African Centre for Biodiversity (ACB), Tanzania Alliance for Biodiversity (TABIO), União Nacional de Camponeses (UNAC), Kenya Biodiversity Coalition (KBioC), Kenya Food Rights Alliance (KeFRA), Eastern and Southern African Small-Scale Farmers Forum Uganda (ESAFF, Uganda)

19 June 2015 Johannesburg, Dar es Salaam, Maputo, Nairobi, Kampala

Non-governmental and farmer organizations from South Africa, Tanzania, Mozambique, Kenya and Uganda strongly condemn the go-ahead given by the South African GMO authorities for Monsanto to commercially sell its genetically modified (GM) “drought tolerant” maize seed for cultivation in South Africa. According to the groups, there is no evidence showing that the drought tolerant trait even works. According to Mariam Mayet of the ACB, “the GM maize (MON87460) has not undergone proper risk assessment anywhere in the world and has no history of safe use. South Africans who are already being force-fed with old risky GM traits will now be subject to an utterly new foreign, untested and risky transgene in their daily food.”

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Stop Seed Laws that Criminalise Farmers & Defend Local Seeds!

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Seeds are under attack everywhere. Under corporate pressure, laws in many countries increasingly put limitations on what farmers can do with their seeds and with the seeds they buy. Seed saving, a thousand-year-old old practice which forms the basis of farming, is fast becoming criminalised. What can we do about this?

DEFEND FARMERS’ OWN SEED SYSTEMS

Farmers’ fields are the first line of defense against bad seed laws. This means organising to rescue, collect, maintain, develop, share and use local farmer’s seeds. It is very important that women and young people are all involved. You can start a project with neighbours or local associations, talk to market or street vendors, get schools or you work place involved, etc. Seed fairs and visits to farms and gardens are an important part of this work.

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UAWC: Support Susia-Call to Action

b_350_0_16777215_00_images_2015-05-18-UAWC__ISREAL_LAND_EXPANSION.JPGDear friends,

In the first week of May 2015, the Israeli Occupation's high court confirmed its approval to the Israeli military army to demolish the entire Palestinian village of Susia to the south of Hebron, thus forcibly displace all of its residents (approximately 350 individuals).

UAWC calls for the immediate international intervention to freeze this brutal Israeli occupation's order. Raise your voice to say NO to: land confiscation for establishing illegal settlements, forcible displacements, trees uprooting, physical and verbal assaults, and demolition of agricultural properties.

Support Palestinian farmers…To sign and share the position paper: http://uawc-pal.org/articleen.aspx?ano=1372  

In Solidarity,

Union of Agricultural Work Committees (UAWC)

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