- Published on Monday, 11 April 2016 15:06
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.
- Published on Friday, 08 April 2016 15:15
La Via Campesina's e-newsletter, March 2016 edition, is now available. As we organise and mobilise for April 17th, the International Day of Peasants’ Struggle, we highlight the worsening human rights abuses and criminalisation of social protest. The Honduras case is one among the many such worsening situations where Berta Cáceres was killed and other activist leaders face jail sentences and intimidation daily. The migrant crisis in Europe too is deplorable. The newsletter highlights other news from the member organisations and regions. We share also the new edition of the Nyéléni Newsletter on Corporate governance of food systems. Watch interesting videos on Yirca Resistance in Turkey and other on Agroecology. Download the newsletter, read and share it! Globalize the Struggle! Globalize Hope!
- Published on Thursday, 07 April 2016 21:32
This is a mobilization call for participation to the 2nd Nyéléni Europe Forum for Food Sovereignty. The Nyéléni Europe Movement brings together farmers, fishers, pastoralists, Indigenous Peoples, consumers, NGOs, trade unions, environmental, development, research and Justice/Solidarity/Human Rights Organizations, community-based food movements and others, to enhance existing food sovereignty initiatives and strengthen our work at local, national, regional and global levels.
The landmark international Nyéléni 2007 Forum for Food Sovereignty in Mali included the participation of 500 representatives from food producer, consumer and environmental movements from around the world. It was the springboard for the global Food Sovereignty movement. At this Forum six principles and the Nyéléni Declaration were adopted. This was followed by a European Nyéléni Forum in 2011 that was held in Krems, Austria, where the Nyéléni Europe Declaration and an action plan were agreed upon. In February 2015, the same movements also participated in the International Forum for Agroecology in the Nyéléni centre in Mali, and contributed to its Declaration. These documents provide the political basis of the movement and clarify what it stands for, and what it opposes.
- Published on Wednesday, 06 April 2016 17:57
Press Release – La Via Campesina
The struggles for land, water, and territory are central to the struggle for Food Sovereignty.
(Harare, 6 April 2016) This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Eldorado dos Carajás massacre. On April 17th, 1996, nineteen peasants – women and men members of the Landless Movement – were assassinated while they were taking part in a legitímate struggle to obtain land. Since that time, La Vía Campesina has declared April 17th to be the International Day of Peasants’ Struggle. It is in this context of memory and resistance that La Via Campesina, together with its members and allies such as the World March of Women, the World Forum of Fisher People, the Organisation of Indigenous Peoples, the International Planning Committee for Food Sovereignty (IPC), FIAN International, GRAIN, ETC Group, LRAN, and Friends of the Earth International, is organising this International Conference in order to renew and bring up to date the discussion of Agrarian Reform.
The Conference will take place in Pará, Brazil, from April 13th to April 17th. Topics for the main discussion panels include: capitalism and agribusiness; the project for popular agrarian reform; and the challenges faced by the peasants’ and small-scale farmers’ and workers’ movements in developing a common plan of action. It is expected that the Conference will be attended by 200 women and men delegates from Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and the Americas. The delegates will also take part in a closing international ceremony of solidarity, mística (celebration of the ideals that inspire our movement), and justice, which will be held in very same place where the Eldorado dos Carajás massacre was perpetrated, on the same date and at the same time of day.