News from the regions

Brazil : CNBB discusses and approves an important document about Brazilian agrarian question.

b_350_0_16777215_00___images_CNBBbrazil.jpg(Aparecida do Norte, May 10, 2014) Between 30 April 2014 and 9 May 2014, Catholic bishops across Brazil gathered for the annual General Assembly of the National Conference of Brazilian Bishops (CNBB), in Aparecida (SP). At the meeting, a significant document on the country’s agrarian question was analyzed, discussed and approved.

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Mozambique : The Nampula Declaration

Declaration of UNAC 2014 Ordinary General Assembly, April 29th to May 1st 2014

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(Nampula, May 1st 2014) The União Nacional de Camponeses (UNAC), is the Mozambican peasant movement which for over 25 years fights for the social, economic and cultural rights and food sovereignty of Mozambican men and women peasants. Counting with the presence of 100 men and women, youth and peasant leader delegates and invited guests from across the country came together for one more General Assembly, referring to the 2014 associative exercise, from the 29th of April to the 1st of May, at Quinta Nasa, in the surroundings of Nampula City, in Nampula province.

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Mozambique : Impacts of the security and military situation on agricultural development

Press Release of UNAC (National Union of Mozambican Peasants)

(Maputo, 13 February 2014 ) - The National Union of Mozambican Peasants (known by its Portuguese acronym, UNAC), a social movement fighting to defend the economic, social and cultural rights of Mozambican peasants, repudiates and expresses its deep outrage over the killing and displacement of thousands of comrades and fellow citizens due to the increasing deterioration and worsening of the current security and political situation. UNAC also expresses solidarity with all peasants – women and men alike – and other citizens who are victims of the dangerous situation that faces us now.

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India : KRRS intervenes for justice after Loan collectors beat a pregnant woman

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At noon on March 29, 2014, a human chain of over a hundred farmer activists, each with his green shawl across his shoulder, stopped buses, trucks, and motorcycles in the busiest intersection of Doddagoragatta village (Tumkur District, Karnataka, India). In the midst of these Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha activists, stands Sridhar, a man in his mid-twenties, eyes swollen and tired. He holds a yellow plastic bag. Among the contents: a bank passbook (documenting payments and withdrawals), a hospital bill for 50,000 rupees, and a printed photo of a stillborn child.

In the past two weeks, he has gone from an expectant father to a mourning husband. During a violent altercation on March 18, corrupt loan officials beat his wife, Manjula, til she was unconscious. She was seven months pregnant. On March 23, the baby was pronounced dead.

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Palestine : UAWC celebrates Land day

b_350_0_16777215_00___images_stories_newsfromregions_UAWClanddayscaled.jpg(Ramallah, March 30, 2014) - Land day is an important symbol in the Palestinian patriotic history for it’s the day that Palestinians declare their continuous right in their land – Palestine. Palestinians resist the daily Israeli violations that aim to transfer the Palestinians from their home land. Read more about that day here.

16,000 Landless Workers protest for Agrarian Reform in Brasilia

VIth MST Congress - 10 to 14 of February, 2014

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(Brazilia, February 12, 2014) The ministry esplanade was covered in red yesterday afternoon.  Around 16 thousand Landless Workers participating in the 6th MST (Landless Workers’ Movement) National Congress made the 9km journey from the Nílson Nelson gymnasium to the Three Power Plaza and back.

The main aim of the peaceful protest was to denounce the standstill situation of Agrarian Reform. “Agrarian Reform in Brazil is a disgrace. Last year, only seven thousand families were settled. Meanwhile there are more than 90 thousand families living in MST encampments.  In total, there are 150 thousand families living in encampments in Brazil, many of whom have been there for over ten years. 

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Opening of the 6th Congress recalls 30 years of MST's history

VIth MST Congress - 10 to 14 of February, 2014

b_350_0_16777215_00___images_stories_newsfromregions_20140213-mst.jpgFebruary 10, 2014. This is a history that is too large to fit in a book, unless this book could be as large as actors who know how to make history.  The pages of this book are huge, and were opened in front of 15 thousand people, remembering a remarkable trajectory of social and political struggle in Brazil. 

The VI National MST Congress opened officially this Monday morning (Feb 10). The opening mistica, which is always a highly anticipated moment because of its energy, moved millions of people who filled the Nilson gymnasium in Brasília. 

Men, women, youth and children from 23 states and the Federal District and more than 200 international guests, saw the people turn the pages of this important historical process.  

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