Human Rights

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%20logo%202014.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

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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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La Via campesina demands the release of Huber Ballesteros

huber%20ballesteros%20carta.jpgHuber Ballesteros is one of the best known trade unionists and human rights activists in Colombia.

He is also one of those who have been the most threatened.

Huber was arrested on August 25th, 2013, and accused of "rebellion" and of "financing terrorism.

He has not yet been brought to trial. Huber is the vice-president of FENSUAGRO, one of the largest unions in
Colombia and one of the most persecuted by the government. In recent years, more than 1000 members of FENSUAGRO have been assassinated.

We believe that Huber has been targeted because of his activism, and we are demanding his unconditional release from detention, as well as the release of all the other political prisoners in Colombia.

Please take a moment to send a message of protest to the Colombian government. 
http://www.labourstartcampaigns.net/show_campaign.cgi?c=2606  

Statement of Assembly of the Poor

We Appeal to International Community to Pressure Thai Military Junta to Immediately Stop Suppression of Social Activists and Return Sovereignty to Thai People

Assembly of the Poor is the nationwide network of grassroots people who are made poor by the negative impacts of the government’s policies in Thailand. From our struggles pressuring and demanding all Thai governments to solve the problems, we realize that democracy and human rights are the most important tools for us to protect our lives, our livelihood, our communities and our natural resources. Therefore, we continue to fight for democracy. We are aware that democratic system in Thailand was weak. But the absence of democracy is the most dreadful weakness. 

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France: Call for support to Confereration Paysanne

On the 28th October 2014, nine militants of the Confederation Paysanne will be called in at Amiens court house. Their crime? Painting a giant graffiti and stripping down a few construction vehicles and a milking parlour on site. Yet this is not the most serious. They are brought in front of the judges because they targeted the “1000 cows” future milking factory; because they refused the industrialization of agriculture; because they chose action over the resignation to disappear. The number of small farmers is in free fall. While enabling in a first place the improvement of their working conditions, modernization has led to the industrialization of agriculture, which is progressively destroying the sector.

The selection of seeds on site, at the farm, is not an option anymore. The actors of the industrial companies dictate their rules and impose their GMOs.

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Honduras: longtime campesina leader murdered

b_350_0_16777215_00___images_marga_honduras.jpgMasked men shot and killed Honduran campesino movement leader Margarita Murillo the night of Aug. 26 on land she farmed in the community of El Planón, Villanueva municipality, in the northern department of Cortés. Murillo reportedly began working for campesino rights at the age of 12. During the 1980s she was a founder of the Campesino National Unity Front (FENACAMH) and the General Confederation of Rural Workers (CNTC).

After the military removed then-president José Manuel Zelaya Rosales (2006-2009) from office in June 2009, she was both a local and a national leader in the broad coalition resisting the coup, the National Popular Resistance Front (FNRP), and then in the center-left party that grew out of it, the Freedom and Refoundation Party (LIBRE). The National Congress observed a moment of silence after reports of Murillo's death were confirmed.

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