- Published on Saturday, 15 June 2013 19:19
Monsanto and other transnationals are attempting to plant Genetically Modified Maize at a commercial scale in Mexico. This would be the first time which large-scale planting of genetically modified crops would take place in the place of origin of one of the world's basic food crops. This is a violation of the rights of the peasants which have created this crop over many generations and bequeathed it to humanity for the good of all humanity.
From the VI International Conference of La Via Campesina, meeting in Indonesia from 6th to 13th of June 2013, attended by 183 organisations from around the world, we express our support for the struggle against genetically modified maize in Mexico and we reaffirm our solidarity with UNORCA's protest hunger strike in defence of peasant varieties of maize. We also support the process of the Permanent People's Tribunal in Mexico and it's thematic hearing “Violence against maize, food sovereignty and people's rights”.
We denounce this new outrage that transnational companies have taken against peasants, against corn-producing peoples, against biodiversity and food sovereignty.
No to Genetically Modified Crops!
No to Transnational Corporation's Seeds!
Get Monsanto off the Planet!
In Defence of Seeds, Diversity and Food Sovereignty.
- Published on Saturday, 15 June 2013 19:18
Support for the struggles of the landless day-labourers and migrant farm-workers in Europe. Support for their land occupations.
The profound economic and social crisis that is affecting the continent of Europe is causing suffering to its peoples, with unemployment rates reaching 35% in some countries, the dismantling of public social programmes, the worsening of labour exploitation and insecurity, and an unaccustomed increase in poverty. All of this is compounded by a high level of police and legal repression directed against the innumerable struggles that are breaking out in opposition to neo-liberal adjustment measures. In the countryside, while the number of small-scale farmers, women and men, is decreasing every day, the multinational companies are taking over more and more farmland, and European farm policy continues to favour the maintenance of large unproductive rural estates as well as agribusiness and the industrial agricultural model.
- Published on Saturday, 15 June 2013 19:17
We ask to support Palestinians’ rights to have their independent state and to condemn Israeli’s Occupation. Since 1948 we have been deprived from 78% of our land and 90% of water resources is under control of Israel occupation. The Israelis policies aim to destroy all sectors, specially the agricultural one, whereas 35% of population depend on it.
Few years ago Israelis occupation forces built the apartheid wall in West Bank to separate farmers’ families and their lands. It also imposes siege on Gaza Strip and forbids Palestinians from using 35% of their agricultural lands and 85% of the sea water. At the same time Israeli’s settlements are going on inside the Palestinian territories, displacing many families.
We ask and demand the people of Via Campesina, to build a solidarity campaign for:
- The right of Palestinian people to have their independent state ( self-determination)
- The right of return of Palestinian refugees to their lands after they were displaced by Israeli’s occupation forces.
- The right of accessing to land, water and sea, and free movement in and out of Palestine.
- To stop the construction of the apartheid wall.
- To stop the siege of Gaza Strip.
- Published on Saturday, 15 June 2013 18:48
This motion is concerned with the current security situation in West Africa, and in particular Mali after the recent occupation of the north of the country by armed groups and so-called Islamists. This occupation has brought with it a lot of collateral damage, in cities but in particular in rural areas. This has compelled the local peasants to flee, seeing refuge in neighbouring countries (Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, Niger, Mauritania, Algeria). No West African country has been spared from this turmoil, as is testified by a recent attack in Niger, carried out by an Islamist, which caused many deaths. It has even touched North Africa, notably in the attack on a gas installation in Algeria with an equally severe death toll, including European and Asian workers.
This situation deserves special attention and the support of all, especially from the Via Campesina family, from Asia and Africa to the Americas and Europe.