- Published on Thursday, 19 June 2014 22:02
(Geneva, 18 June 2014) From June 11th to the 13th, a delegation of La Via Campesina partook in the 26th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva in order to pursue its advocacy for the drafting of an International Declaration on the Rights of peasants and people working in rural areas.
This declaration stems from the international peasant movement called La Via Campesina which has been working on the stated project for over a decade. La Via Campesina, a movement composed of more than 160 peasants’ organisations across 70 countries, assumes the task of identifying the various discriminations faced by people working in rural areas (farmers, rural workers, nomads, fisher(wo)men, indigenous and landless peoples, etc.) and to determine - with the support of organisations such as FIAN International and CETIM (Centre Europe – Tiers Monde) – the inherent rights attached to this group of people.
After several studies undertaken by the Consultative Committee of the United Nations Human Rights Council, the Assembly (termed ‘Council’) accepted the final report in March 2012. In September 2012, it voted in favour of the resolution aiming at establishing an open intergovernmental working group in charge of drafting a declaration grounded on the project attached in the final report. In July 2013, this working group held its first working session.
Following the 26th Human Rights Council meeting, the member states will vote on a resolution calling for the renewal of the intergovernmental group’s mandate in order to further pursue the drafting of this declaration, on the basis of recommendations that will emerge out of the first working group meeting and from the consultative ones expected to be held between June and November 2014.
- Published on Wednesday, 18 June 2014 03:57
There is movement in the many worlds that are creating knowledge for food sovereignty! Worlds that evince the need to radically transform dominant knowledge and ways of knowing for food sovereignty. The stories in this newsletter provide a glimpse into some of these worlds.
- Published on Wednesday, 11 June 2014 21:18
UAWC calls upon the international community to interfere to save the lives of the Palestinian administrative detainees
Administrative detainees have been on an open hunger strike in the Israeli prison since 24 April 2014, calling for ending administrative detention against them. Dozens of prisoners joined the strike in solidarity with the administrative detainees. The Israeli prison authorities refuse to listen to the detainees' demands and imposed retributive measures against them, including transferring them to solitary confinement, depriving them of necessary health care in addition to beating them. Download the appeal here
- Published on Thursday, 29 May 2014 13:53
GRAIN/La Via Campesina media release
Governments and international agencies frequently boast that small farmers control the largest share of the world's agricultural land. When the director general of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation inaugurated 2014 as the International Year of Family Farming, he sang the praises of family farmers but didn't once mention the need for land reform. Instead, he announced that family farms already manage most of the world's farmland – a whopping 70%, according to his team.
But a new review of the data carried out by GRAIN reveals that the opposite is true. Small farms, which produce most of the world's food, are currently squeezed onto less than a quarter of the world's farmland – or less than one fifth if you leave out China and India.