Human Rights

International Statement on the current situation in Mozambique

The undersigning international organizations express concern about massive displacements and widespread violence in the Mozambican countryside and call the Mozambican government and the international community to respect and protect the rights of the Mozambican peasants.

The National Union of Mozambican Peasants (UNAC for the abbreviation in Portuguese) issued a press release on February 13, 2014 condemning killings, massive forced displacements and the general climate of violence that the Mozambican rural population is increasingly facing. UNAC expresses grave concern about the deterioration of peace that was achieved in Mozambique 21 years ago after a civil war that lasted 16 years. According to testimonies received by UNAC from its members in affected regions, the widespread attacks and military clashes between alleged armed men of the Mozambican National Resistance (Renamo) and the Mozambican military forces are severely affecting not only the security of the Mozambican peasants but also their ability to till their lands and to attend to their agricultural activities - all of this with serious impacts on the upcoming harvest and the food sovereignty of Mozambique. In particular, UNAC highlights the situation of  69,000 peasant families (approximately 345,000 persons) directly and indirectly affected by forced displacement, harassments and threats in the following areas: Machanga, Chibabava, Maringué, Gorongosa, Nhamatanda and Dondo districts in Sofala province; Moatize district in Tete province; Macossa em Manica, Rapale and Mecuburi in Nampula province; Homoine, Funhalouro and Vilanculos in Inhambane province.

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“Together to Protect Farmers’ Rights”

UAWC press release

b_350_0_16777215_00___images_UAWC_awardscaled.jpg(Ramallah-Palestine, 18-01-2014) In the presence of 140 members of the agricultural committees from all the Palestinian Governorates, local and international organization in addition to media organizations the Union of Agricultural Work Committees (UAWC) organized a conference for the agricultural committees on the 18th of January 2014 under the slogan “Together to Protect Farmers’ Rights” at the Palestine Red Crescent in Al-Bireh. The audience of the annual agricultural committees’ conference recommended framing the Palestinian farmers within a Palestinian farmers’ movement to advocate for farmers’ rights and strengthen their resilience on their land.

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Honduras : La Via Campesina as international observer of the electoral process

Declaration of the Delegation of Election Observers of Vía Campesina about the electoral process 24th of November in Honduras

b_350_0_16777215_00___images_stories_humanrights_electoral_process_honduras2scaled.JPG(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.

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Peasants' rights at Organization of American States

2013-10-20%20OAS.jpg(October 29, 2013, Washington) In the light of the continuous violations of the human rights in Latin America’s rural sector, the Coordinadora Latinoamericana de Organizaciones del Campo, CLOC - Vía Campesina, is going to present in an audience before the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, CIDH, a report on the situation of the human, social and cultural rights in the peasant communities in Latin America and the Caribbean.

This report intends to link the research and monitoring processes at continental level, and denounce the issues that take place in the peasantry’s context. The aim is to look into the consolidation process or vulnerability of the peasants’ rights before this institution of the Organization of American States, OAS.

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Operation Xatruch Continues Reprimanding Peasants in Bajo Aguan

Members of Operation Xatruch III led by Colonel German Alfaro Escalante and the preventive police, evicted 98 peasant families this July 16th 2013 at 7:30 A.M. as well as beating and arresting five peasants of the Empresa Asociativa Campesina 28 de Mayo, in the San Martin community of Trujillo, Colon.

The peasants arrested are: Armando Sagastume (Age 60), Jose Angel Sagastume (Age 54), Derian Galindo (Age 17 and minor), Rony Javier Artica Avila (Age 18), and Orlando Andino Munoz, who were taken to the National Headquarters of Criminal Investigation in Trujillo Colon and after 12 hours of being arrested they were finally let free.

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Honduras : arrested leader of the Central Nacional de trabajadores del Campo - CNTC

This July 26th at 12:30 pm, the peasant leader Magdalena Morales Canales, 50 years old, was detained in Progreso Yoro, while she was in the office of the peasant organization where she works. Several people, agents of the General Headquarters of Criminal Investigation (DGIC), arrived in a vehicle, and said she was arrested because she had a warrant pending.

Immediately Magdalena was taken directly to jail, and she is now held as a criminal, because according to them, she was arrested for damages against the Azucarera del Norte S.A (AZUNOSA).

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CLOC Via Campesina Central America denounces the increase in murders and persecution for defending life

Delegates of the CLOC Via Campesina Central America together with representatives of Guatemalan communities that suffer from persecution and intimidation for the defense of land and territory, made known, the increase of criminalization of the peasant and indigenous struggle for defending life.

The representatives of the Central American commission made known that the countries where there is increase in murder, imprisonment, persecution, and intimidation towards peasant and indigenous leaders for defending life are Honduras, Panama y Guatemala.

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