- Published on Wednesday, 09 February 2011 00:57
Invitation for media: Press Conference
Date: 9th of February
Place: Press Conference Room – Bibliothèque Universitaire Central (BU)
Time: 10h00 - 11h00
La Via Campesina, the International Movement of peasants, small- and medium-sized producers, landless, rural women, indigenous people, rural youth and agricultural workers, invites journalists to attends its press conference at the World Social Forum.
In this press conference, the International Peasants Movement will focus in issues such as the Land grabbing phenomenon in Africa, the violence against peasant women, the promotion of local peasant seed and the struggle against GMO's.
- Published on Tuesday, 08 February 2011 04:53
In Dakar, several tens of thousands of people attended the opening march of the World Social Forum. The delegation of La Via Campesina was obviously there, like Evo Morales, President of Bolivia.
Photos: Philippe Revelli
Marche d'Ouverture du Forum Social Mondial
C’est parti ! A Dakar, plusieurs dizaines de milliers de personnes ont participé à la marche d’ouverture du Forum Social Mondial. La délégation de la Via Campesina était, évidement bien là, tout comme Evo Morales, président de la Bolivie.
Joint Statement of Korean lawmakers, labor unions, farmers and civil society groups on the proposed Korea - U.S. FTA
- Published on Monday, 31 January 2011 12:27
January 27, 2011
We, the Korean National Assembly members' Caucus Against the Korea-US FTA and the Korean Alliance Against the Korea-US FTA, a coalition of over 300 labor unions and civil society groups, have organized a delegation to Washington, D.C. this week, January 24-28, 2011. We have come here to tell American policymakers and civil society that many Korean people oppose the proposed Korea-U.S. Free Trade Agreement (KorUS FTA). During our visit, we were shocked to hear that many U.S. politicians believe that the KorUS FTA is a gift to the Korean people and will be beneficial to the relationship between both countries. In reality, many Korean people consider that the KorUS FTA will be detrimental to the lives of the Korean people, is biased in favor of the narrow interests of multinational corporations and contains numerous damaging provisions that would destroy our jobs in both countries and undermine our rights as citizens, the environment and health, and the practice and principles of democratic governance.
- Published on Wednesday, 05 January 2011 13:47
Bku farmers carried out several direct actions on Dec 27th 2010 all across UP in districts like Muzzafarnagar, Pratapgarh, Saharanpur, Meerat, Bijnaur, Tiloi, Moradabad and many others.
In some places farmers locked up government offices, in another a highway was blocked and in another yet scores of farmers arrived in bullock carts full of paddy for sale protesting corruption in purchase of produce.
Memorandums were submitted to the Prime minister, chief ministers and local government officials with demands ranging from reduced fertilizer prices and supply, free electricity, reduced prices for farm implemens, compensation to flood affected farmers, farmers insurance, higher compensation prices for land acquisition, an end to rising oil prices, corruption of governemnt officials as well as the regular demand of implementing Swaminathan commissions reccomendation of providing a scientifically calculated MSP along with 50% profit above that.
BKU farmers also met the Chief minister in Lucknow recently and discussed the impending Seed Bill as well as the Land Acquisition Bill thereafter submitting their demadns on the seed bill and getting an assurance from the UP government that it would write to the center to support the farmers demands – including regulating corporate seed prices in the seed bill.
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