“Together to Protect Farmers’ Rights”

UAWC press release

b_350_0_16777215_00___images_UAWC_awardscaled.jpg(Ramallah-Palestine, 18-01-2014) In the presence of 140 members of the agricultural committees from all the Palestinian Governorates, local and international organization in addition to media organizations the Union of Agricultural Work Committees (UAWC) organized a conference for the agricultural committees on the 18th of January 2014 under the slogan “Together to Protect Farmers’ Rights” at the Palestine Red Crescent in Al-Bireh. The audience of the annual agricultural committees’ conference recommended framing the Palestinian farmers within a Palestinian farmers’ movement to advocate for farmers’ rights and strengthen their resilience on their land.

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Honduras : La Via Campesina as international observer of the electoral process

Declaration of the Delegation of Election Observers of Vía Campesina about the electoral process 24th of November in Honduras

b_350_0_16777215_00___images_stories_humanrights_electoral_process_honduras2scaled.JPG(Tegucigalpa, Honduras, November 25, 2013) La Vía Campesina participated with 60 national and international observers in the Honduran elections which took place the 24th of November 2013, in order to support and sustain the Human and Citizen Rights of the people of Honduras as well as the Honduran Peasants movement.

In this way we sympathize with the civil society in Honduras which, since the Coup d’état in 2009 has suffered an increase of the structural violence with the murder of 113 peasants, the arrest and other restrictive measures of 1460 peasants and the direct violence against female leaders, all because of their social struggle for land.

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Peasants' rights at Organization of American States

2013-10-20%20OAS.jpg(October 29, 2013, Washington) In the light of the continuous violations of the human rights in Latin America’s rural sector, the Coordinadora Latinoamericana de Organizaciones del Campo, CLOC - Vía Campesina, is going to present in an audience before the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, CIDH, a report on the situation of the human, social and cultural rights in the peasant communities in Latin America and the Caribbean.

This report intends to link the research and monitoring processes at continental level, and denounce the issues that take place in the peasantry’s context. The aim is to look into the consolidation process or vulnerability of the peasants’ rights before this institution of the Organization of American States, OAS.

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Operation Xatruch Continues Reprimanding Peasants in Bajo Aguan

Members of Operation Xatruch III led by Colonel German Alfaro Escalante and the preventive police, evicted 98 peasant families this July 16th 2013 at 7:30 A.M. as well as beating and arresting five peasants of the Empresa Asociativa Campesina 28 de Mayo, in the San Martin community of Trujillo, Colon.

The peasants arrested are: Armando Sagastume (Age 60), Jose Angel Sagastume (Age 54), Derian Galindo (Age 17 and minor), Rony Javier Artica Avila (Age 18), and Orlando Andino Munoz, who were taken to the National Headquarters of Criminal Investigation in Trujillo Colon and after 12 hours of being arrested they were finally let free.

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