Human Rights

Honduras: Statement from the CLOC-La Via Campesina Central America in reaction to the increasing criminalisation of the peasant movement

b_350_0_16777215_00_images_2016-05-18-Honduras_reunin_Mayo.jpg(Tegucigalpa, May 17th, 2016)  Having made a thorough analysis of the social situation in Honduras, particularly with regard to the peasant and indigenous movements, the Political Coordination Committee of the CLOC-La Vía Campesina Central America, composed of representatives from Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras, meeting together in Tegucigalpa, issued the following statement: 

1.- We are Central American women and men who share the ideals that inspired the struggles of Francisco Morazán Quezada and other Central American heroes, ideals which include the full integration of the Central American region.

2.- We are extremely troubled by the repeated violations of the human rights of thousands of peasants, indigenous women and men, and Afro-Hondurans. Problems over land ownership and use have resulted in the criminalisation of more than 5,000 peasant activists, including at least 1,700 women, who have been put on trial because of their activism. Many of them are subjected to systematic persecution, and some 200 women and men peasants have been assassinated.

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MST Statement on the suspension of President Dilma Rousseff

This is an institutional and anti-democratic coup that disrespects the will of 54 million voters

b_350_0_16777215_00_images_2016-05-16-MST_Mayo_12.jpgBrasilia, May 12, 2016

The Landless Workers Movement (MST) publicly expresses its disgust and dissatisfaction regarding the decision of the Senate, this Thursday (12), in admitting the process of impeachment against President Dilma Roussef and temporarily withdrawing her from the post. We are sure, as stated in the text of the case, that the President did not commit any crime with fiscal peddling. If this is to be considered crime, the vice president, Michel Temer, who now assumes as President, and Senator Anastasia, the rapporteur of the process and former governor of Minas Gerais, should also be accused.

This is an institutional and anti-democratic coup that disrespected the will of 54 million voters and was orchestrated by the most conservative sectors of society, particularly the neoliberal business, subservient to the interests of US companies. A coup supported by a permanent campaign of mass media - especially Globo - and by a selective action of the sectors of the judiciary.

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La Vía Campesina: In defense of democracy and the social civil rights in Brazil

b_350_0_16777215_00_images_Solidaridad_Brasil_RA.JPG(Marabá, 15 April 2015) The Via Campesina International gathered in Maraba, Para, Brazil for the International Conference on Agrarian Reform, on April 13th through April 17, 2016, with representatives from 28 countries from the 10 regions that compose it, would like to publicly manifest their concern with the current political situation in Brazil. We also repudiate any type of politically-motivated manuveur pro-coup d'etat that puts democracy at risk. We defend the immediate implementation of a Popular Agrarian Reform and the deepening of public policies of social inclusion and income redistribution in Brazil.

The Brazilian ruling class, and the agri-business oppose the redistribution of land and the guarantees for rights of all Brazilian workers. We know that imperialist companies want the privatization of Brazil's natural resources, for their own lucrative endeavors, denying the social ownership of these resources for the public interest.

We are in solidarity with the people in struggle in Brazil and the Brazilian people because we understand that this attack of the coup hungry Right, is orchestrated as a great imperialist coup in other parts of the world, especially in Latin America.

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Military police and gunmen attack Landless families, murder two workers

b_350_0_16777215_00_images_2016-04-11-violencia_campo_rondonia1_mst.jpgMST Communiqué 

April 8 2016 

Last Thursday afternoon, families of the Landless Workers’ Movement (MST) organized in the Dom Tomás Balduino Camp, were victims of an ambush by the State Military Police and private security forces of the logging company Araupel.

In this cowardly attack, promoted by the Military Police and Araupel’s private security, were murdered rural workers Vilmar Bordim, 44, married with three children, and Leomar Bhorbak, 25, who left behind his wife who is nine-months pregnant. At least seven workers were also wounded, and two more were detained by the police to obtain declarations, and have already been released.

The camp, located in the municipality of Quedas do Iguaçu, in the state of Paraná, began being inhabited by approximately 1,5 thousand families in May 2015. It’s located in the Río Dos Cobras property, which previously had been illegally occupied by the logging company. Justice declared, because of this fraud, that those lands were public and had to be destined to agrarian reform.

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Urgent: Campaign for remission of Andrés Bódalo's sentence

Against the criminalisation and repression of social protest

b_350_0_16777215_00_images_2016-04-05-andresbodalo.jpgFrom the SOC-SAT (Union of Agricultural Workers-Union of Andalusian Workers) we ask for urgent collaboration in our campaign to collect signatures for the plea for remission of Andrés Bódalo's sentence. He has been jailed for his participation in an act of social and trade union protest.

Andrés Bódalo has a long history as a social activist. Added to his dedication as a trade union leader, participating in innumerable actions in defence of labour and social rights, is his political vocation. He is councillor for Jaén en Común, a group for change, and headed the list in Jaén for Podemos in the general elections. Andrés was convicted in a farcical trial where documentary evidence (videos) and testimonies (statements from the Guardia Civil), which prove his innocence, were not admitted by the judge.

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In union with refugees and migrants: Denunciation of the EU's and European government's inhuman policies

logo-eurovia.pngBrussels, 18 March 2016

The General Assembly of the European Coordination Via Campesina stands in solidarity with the thousands of refugees that fleeing wars come to Europe to save and rebuild their lives.

Correspondingly, we strongly condemn the policy of the European Union and European governments- ratified by the measures taken in this last EU Council of Ministers this 18th of March. Rather than assuming their international responsibilities to human rights and global justice, EU member states have responded with more barriers, repression and media manipulation, condemning migrants to suffering, humiliation and death, with the sole purpose of defending their interests and profits above all humanity. The signing of agreements with third countries where money and favors are exchanged for humans beings places us on such levels of moral deprivation and institutional crime that it's impossible to remain unsettled.

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Position of the La Via Campesina in Honduras against the increasing criminalisation of the peasant and indigenous social struggle

b_350_0_16777215_00_images_Comunicado_Honduras_2.jpg(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.

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