Human Rights

Statement of Assembly of the Poor Condemns violence

2015 chai_boonthonglek_0.jpgCondemning the Use of Violence against the Poor to Protect the Capitalists’ Interests

(Thailand, February 14, 2015) On 3 February 2015 Mr. Pianrat Boonrit, the president of an agricultural cooperative, a member of Southern Peasant Federation of Thailand, was summoned by the military for attitude adjustment and detained in a jail in Vibhavadirangsit Military Camp in Surat Thani Province until 5 February 2015. On the same evening the military demolished Permsab Community (a member of the agricultural cooperative, the Southern Peasant Federation of Thailand). The community locates in Chaiyaburi District in Surat Thani Province. The community members are struggling for land rights. They held a vigil not allowing the capitalist to enter and harvest oil palms in a national reserved forest of which the concession was expired for 14 years. Later on 11 February 2015 Mr. Chai Boonthonglek, age 61, also a member of the Federation was shot dead.

Yesterday (13 February 2015), the joint armed force of police and military officers guarded a private company’s transportation of the drilling equipment into Ban Na-moon Village, Doon Sad Sub-district, Kra-nuan District in Khonkaen Province to install the drilling rig. The drilling is continuously opposed by local people. Even the National Reform Council, hand-picked by National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) itself, voted 130 to 79 against the petroleum concession policy. But the NCPO does not listen and is stubbornly determined to use violence to clear the path for the capitalists. 

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Solidarity Message from Via Campesina International in reaction to violent incidents in Honduras

b_350_0_16777215_00_images_2015_honduras_solidarity.jpg(Zimbabwe, Harare, January 28, 2015) Via Campesina International expresses its solidarity with the Honduran peasant movement following the violent attack on the offices of Via Campesina in Honduras, which took place in the early morning of January 25th. We deplore in the strongest terms the systematic violence which the Honduran peasant movement faces every day, and which has worsened since the coup d’etat that took place in 2009.

This new attempt to deter the peasant movement from its struggles and its conquests took place as follows:

1. On Monday January 25th, 2015, a contingent of men armed with heavy weapons fired more than two dozen shots into the building housing the offices of La Via Campesina in Honduras.

2. At the site of the crime, there are gunshot holes in the walls and doors and empty bullet shells.  La Vía Campesina Honduras reports that similar incidents took place during the period of the coup d’etat in 2009; as of this time, no one has been found responsible for those incidents.

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UWAC: More than 5500 trees uprooted in one month!

b_350_0_16777215_00_images_2015-UAWC-TREES-UPROOTED.jpg(Palestine, Ramallah, January 2015) More than 5500 trees uprooted in one month! The Union of Agricultural Work Committees (UAWC) follows up intensely the Israeli violations against the Palestinian farmers to expose the brutality of the occupation to the local and international world. West Bank Damages to the agricultural sector & Violence against farmers · On 3 January, a group of 50 armed settlers tried to detain five Palestinian herders next to the settlement of Itamar (Nablus), sparking clashes; Israeli forces who arrived at the site fired live ammunition, rubber bullets and tear gas canisters at the Palestinians, injuring two of them (Weekly_report). 

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UAWC: International Community Says NO to Israeli Violations

b_350_0_16777215_00_images_2015-07bandera_palestina.jpg(Palestine, Ramallah, January 2015) The International community, human rights organizations, activists and social justice movements raised their voice to end the Israeli violations against the Palestinian farmers and the agricultural sector. La Via Campesina International, Grassroots International – USA, Landless Workers Movement- Brazil, Alter Trade Japan (ATJ), APNet- Korea, Jews Voice for Peace – USA, Agreegeo – France, Featherview Farm – Australia, Alternative People's Linkage in Asia – Japan, and international activists signed UAWC's position paper to say NO to: land confiscation for establishing illegal settlements, trees uprooting, physical and verbal assaults, and demolition of agricultural properties. UAWC wrote its latest UAWC’s position paper when the Israeli settlers from "Susiya" Settlement –that was established on the Palestinian land of Sousia Village - chopped down 345 olive trees belonging to Palestinian farmers in Masafer Yata to the south of Hebron; on January 9th settlers chopped down 45 trees and then on January 10th they chopped another 300 trees. Yet, the position paper does not only call the international community to say NO to this violation but to all of the Israeli violations against Palestinians. The Israeli violations must END in order to accomplish food sovereignty. Below are charts that summarize some of the Israeli violations against Palestinian farmers in 2013 and 2014. The numbers were all extracted from the United Nations Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) Weekly_report published on January 15th 2015.

 

Statement on Solidarity Mission with Palestinian Farmers

b_350_0_16777215_00_images_2015-07bandera_palestina.jpgElaborated by SOC, EHNE-Bizkaia, ELB, VSF-Justicia Global Alimentaria, Mundubat, Bizilur, UztaroKoopt, and Mikelazulo.

During the first nine days of November, a number of representatives of social and political movements, trade unions, and farmers’ organisations from Euskal Herria and Andalucia (Spain) visited Palestine, in response to an appeal from La Via Campesina. The group’s mission was to monitor human rights violations in the region, especially with regard to the rural majority, who are both the country’s economic motor and the main target of the Israeli Zionist regime’s colonialist policies.

Through the Union of Agricultural Work Committees (UAWC) in Palestine and its local committees, we were able to observe the methodical depravity of Israel’s treatment of Palestine society in general and of the rural majority in particular. This treatment shows a disregard for all the rules of international humanitarian law as well as for the obligations that the 4th Geneva Convention imposes on Israel, as an occupying power, with respect to the Palestinian population under occupation. As of today, in its criminal construction, Israel is employing policies and measures that constitute Apartheid, a situation that is being denounced by the principal human rights bodies of the United Nations and by Palestinian - as well as Israeli - social organisations. Apartheid in Palestine manifests itself in a political, economic, and social system that is dominated by discrimination and oppression, a system in which freedom of movement is forbidden and territory is appropriated in order to consolidate the existence of the Israeli State.

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International Call to End Israeli Violations against Palestinian Farmers

UAWC logo 2014.jpegDear friends and activists,

The snow storm that hit Palestine in the past few days was not the only struggle for the Palestinian farmers in this period.  The Israeli settlers from Susiya Settlement chopped down 345 olive trees belonging to Palestinian farmers in Masafer Yata to the south of Hebron; on January 9th settlers chopped down 45 trees and then on January 10th they chopped another 300 trees. Each of these olive trees holds the memory of many proud Palestinian generations; each Palestinian olive tree is history.

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ECVC Youth Coordination: Solidarity letter to MNCI

logo-eurovia.pngECVC YOUTH COORDINATION

Solidarity Letter

Monday, December 15th 2014

Dear comrades:

From our particular corner of the world, the Via Campesina European Coordination of young men and women peasants and farmers feels impelled to contact you, fellow youth members of Via Campesina - as well as relatives, farmers and peasants, herders and shepherds, small-scale fishers, and original indigenous communities, all of whom are part of the National Peasant Indigenous Movement (MNCI), a member organisation of the Latin American Coordination of Rural Organisations (CLOC-VC), and who are sowers of struggle and resistance, sowers of ideas, sowers of life – in order to offer to you our solidarity at this historic moment of the trial for the assassination of your comrade Cristian Ferreyra (present).

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