Israeli Violations Against Palestinian Farmers

b_350_0_16777215_00___images_stories_humanrights_olivestreesUAWCscaled.jpg(Ramalah, May 4th, 2014) The Israeli Occupation uproots more than 1400 olive tree and sapling in one month!

The Union of Agricultural Work Committees (UAWC) followed up intensively the Israeli violation against the Palestinian farmers to expose the brutality of the occupation to the local and international world. In addition, UAWC supported the Palestinian farmers to strengthen their land - the land of the parents and grandparents.

The main Israeli violations against the Palestinian farmers during April/2014 were as follows: The Israeli occupation uprooted more than 1400 olive trees and saplings:

- The Israeli settlers from the Neve Daniel North settlement uprooted around 600 olive trees and stole some of them from the northern land of Bethlahem  governorate.

- The settlers uprooted 150 olive trees from Sousia village - Hebron

- The settlers damaged 35 olive trees in the land near Qedumim settlement - Qalqilya

- The settlers from Yitzhar settlement uprooted around 50 olive saplings from the land of Nablus Governorate.

- Israeli forces bulldozed about 12 dunums of land in Khalet al Nahla area in Bethlahem Governorate which caused the uprooting of 300 olive saplings and damaged retaining walls and fences.

- Settlers from Betar Illit settlement threw a Molotov cocktail on Palestinian owned olive trees in Nahalen village in Hebron which damaged 25 olive trees.

- Israeli settlers damaged 220 olive trees in Howara village - Nablus

- Israeli settlers uprooted 80 olive trees in Ras Karkar village - Ramallah

- Israeli settlers uprooted 30 olive trees in Bani Hussein village - Silfeet

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International Statement on the current situation in Mozambique

The undersigning international organizations express concern about massive displacements and widespread violence in the Mozambican countryside and call the Mozambican government and the international community to respect and protect the rights of the Mozambican peasants.

The National Union of Mozambican Peasants (UNAC for the abbreviation in Portuguese) issued a press release on February 13, 2014 condemning killings, massive forced displacements and the general climate of violence that the Mozambican rural population is increasingly facing. UNAC expresses grave concern about the deterioration of peace that was achieved in Mozambique 21 years ago after a civil war that lasted 16 years. According to testimonies received by UNAC from its members in affected regions, the widespread attacks and military clashes between alleged armed men of the Mozambican National Resistance (Renamo) and the Mozambican military forces are severely affecting not only the security of the Mozambican peasants but also their ability to till their lands and to attend to their agricultural activities - all of this with serious impacts on the upcoming harvest and the food sovereignty of Mozambique. In particular, UNAC highlights the situation of  69,000 peasant families (approximately 345,000 persons) directly and indirectly affected by forced displacement, harassments and threats in the following areas: Machanga, Chibabava, Maringué, Gorongosa, Nhamatanda and Dondo districts in Sofala province; Moatize district in Tete province; Macossa em Manica, Rapale and Mecuburi in Nampula province; Homoine, Funhalouro and Vilanculos in Inhambane province.

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“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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