Human Rights

Saeed Baloch, Advocator for Fishermen’s Rights, Arrested in Pakistan

2016 Fisher arrest.jpgReal World RadioJanuary 26,  2016

Saeed Baloch, veteran activist and campaigner for fishermen’s rights in Pakistan, was arrested on the 16th of January 2016 by Pakistani forces. Hemantha Withanage, Executive Director at the Center for Environmental Justice and a member of Friends of the Earth Sri Lanka, spoke with Real World Radio about the charges (or lack thereof) brought against Baloch and claims the incarceration is believed to be illegal and unjust.

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No to evictions in Notre-Dame-des-Landes!

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Confédération Paysanne

(France, Bagnolet, January 21, 2016) With COP21 still in full swing, political and legal pressure increased on the peasants of Notre-Dame-des-Landes. Four individuals and 11 families who had rejected the expropriation of the farmland are now being sued by AGO-Vinci, the project contractor that cannot start work while these homes are inhabited. They have requested a penalty payment of 200 euros/day per file (there are up to five in some cases), the capture and sequestration of herds and an exception the French law banning residential evictions between 1 November and 31 March. The court hearing was held on Wednesday, 13 December. Deliberations will take place on 25 January - we will keep you informed of the result.

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Israeli occupation continues its violations and aggression against the Palestinian people

 December 2015 Report

b_350_0_16777215_00_images_Stop_Isreal_violations_2014.jpeg(Ramallah, January 2016) 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

The last three months witnessed the most significant escalation in Israeli violent attacks and clashes across the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

The number of martyrs in the West Bank and Gaza Strip has reached to 144 Palestinian civilians, including 27 children, while more than 15,000 were wounded with live ammunition and rubber bullets, and suffocated by the teargas, and 2,663 were arrested including 480 children.

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Korean peasants and rally organisers demand action and apology for police heavy-handedness

Korean Peasants League, Korea Women Peasant Association, CCFM and other organizers of the rally demand action

b_350_0_16777215_00_images_2015-12-07-KPL_call_for_solidarity.jpg(Seoul, December 2015) On 14 November, police, without any legitimate reason, banned People’s Rally where about 130,000 demonstrators had gathered. They violated freedom of assembly by setting up the police bus wall in violation of the Constitution as stated in the ruling by the Supreme Court.

It was outrageous that police used high pressure water cannon mixing high levels of capsaicin targeting directly demonstrators’ faces at the Rally.

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Syngenta convicted in Brazil

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Justice finds company responsible for armed attack on encamped rural workers.

The court sentence, given by Judge Pedro Ivo Moreiro, of the 1st Civil Court of Cascavel, was published in the Paraná State Official Gazette this Tuesday (17). The sentence rules that the company shall pay compensation to Keno’s family and to Isabel for the moral and material damage it caused. The case was taken to court in 2010, as an attempt to get a response from the State regarding Syngenta being responsible for the attack perpetrated by private armed militia.

The sentence has been well received by social movements and human rights organizations, since making companies accountable for human rights violations is a challenge of global dimensions.  “Transnational companies currently have considerable freedom to operate on a transnational basis, but there are no national or international norms or mechanisms sufficient to oblige companies to respect human rights or to hold them accountable for cases of human rights violations. In this case, Syngenta having been found responsible is an exception to the rule”, explains Terra de Direitos’ lawyer, Fernando Prioste, who has been accompanying the case.

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Silence the Guns, Stop the Killings!

b_350_0_16777215_00_images_2015-10-30-Logo_Turquia.jpg(Turkey, October 29, 2015) We peasants are the ones who watch over a plant as it comes into leaf and grows tall; who plant seeds, seedlings and saplings in the earth; who are filled with joy when we observe their healthy progress; who lose sleep when they fall sick; who care for our animals like our children.

Yet now, we are losing sleep over events in the Middle East and Turkey, we are following developments with great concern. Why? Because war strikes small farmers first. Peasants are being forced to abandon their villages and land. Peasant families are not only losing their land, but also their lives, and they are being forced to migrate. Forests are now being destroyed, the water is being polluted and nature faces ruin.

Each new dawn brings more news of massacres. News of massacres in Turkey have been added to the already devastating news of massacres in Syria and Iraq.

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Statement on Current Repression of Farmers in Poland

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Brussels, October 15, 2015

The European Coordination of Via Campesina (ECVC) expresses its solidarity with the 11 farmers arrested on the 6th October in the Western Pomerania Province and calls for the immediately release of the detained farmers with full pardon.

We condemn this repression of legitimate protest and the tactics of intimidation being employed by the Polish authorities. We call on the Polish government to work with the farmers’ organizations and prioritize access to agricultural land for family farmers over the sale of agricultural land to foreign companies.

As an organization representing 27 farmers’ and agricultural workers’ organizations from 18 European countries we are fully aware of the risks that the sale of public land to foreign corporations holds for farmers livelihoods and national food security. Across Europe, farmers are struggling to maintain access to land in the face of land concentration and land grabs, often facilitated by public bodies. You are not alone in Poland, this is a European struggle and farmers must stand together to defend their rights.

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