- Published on Sunday, 17 April 2016 00:38
European Coordination Via Campesina (ECVC), Brussels, 16 April 2016
It has been twenty years since the tragic day in Brazil’s northern state of Pará where 19 peasant men and women were murdered by government security forces. Considered by many as the culmination of the regional –and global- persecution against those defending their land against corporate interest, today the persecution and violence perpetrated against us has not eased.
In the global North as in the global South, the offensive against peasant lands and rights has been unrelenting. Since the beginning of 2016 the reports of peasant leaders murdered have been continuous. Fourteen in Honduras; six in the last six weeks in Colombia, and two landless peasant members of Brazil's MST movement were killed just last week.
- Published on Sunday, 17 April 2016 00:24
While Friday, April 15th is marked by many street protests all over the country, at Brasilia the mobilization to fight is permanent. Until the afternoon of the 5th day of the occupation at the National Camp for Democracy and against the Coup, more than 3.5 thousand people already shared the daily routine at the Mané Garrincha Stadium surroundings.
“The mobilization is growing constantly. Each time more people arrive and the people all around Brasilia has been very supportive”, explains Rafaela Alves of the Small Farmers Movement (MPA) and and a member of the Camp organization.
- Published on Saturday, 16 April 2016 23:52
Two Honduran activists from COPINH - the indigenous group that was led by murdered environmental and indigenous rights activist Berta Cáceres - are coming to Brussels on Wednesday 20 April to share their experiences of resistance and repression and call for justice for Berta.
The two delegates, Berta’s daughter Bertha Zúñiga Caceres and COPINH’s general coordinator Jose Asencion Martinez, will denounce Berta’s murder, call on the EU to suspend funding to Honduras and demand that Dutch development bank FMO and Finland based FinnFund withdraw from the Agua Zarca project.
During their visit, Friends of the Earth Europe is helping to organise two activities aimed at raising awareness of the situation in Honduras. We invite you to join us on Wednesday 20 April in Brussels for two public events:
- Published on Saturday, 16 April 2016 20:02
The US Food Sovereignty Alliance calls for mobilizations for food sovereignty and food justice that put food producers - farmers, workers, urban gardeners, fishermen - back in control of their land and their food.
April 17th is an important day in the struggle for food sovereignty. Twenty years ago,19 members of the Landless Workers Movement (MST) in Brazil were killed during a peaceful action to obtain land for farming and other livelihoods.
Now, every April 17th, social movements and allies around the world mobilize actions and events advocating for food sovereignty and agroecology against the agribusiness model of food production. These actions and events engage the broader society in the process of transforming agriculture in order to end hunger, ensure the production of healthy foods, provide viable livelihoods, and fight for climate justice. As the international peasant movement La Via Campesina says, this is a day to “inspire us to continue to develop our work of denunciation and resistance.”