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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Honduras : arrested leader of the Central Nacional de trabajadores del Campo - CNTC

This July 26th at 12:30 pm, the peasant leader Magdalena Morales Canales, 50 years old, was detained in Progreso Yoro, while she was in the office of the peasant organization where she works. Several people, agents of the General Headquarters of Criminal Investigation (DGIC), arrived in a vehicle, and said she was arrested because she had a warrant pending.

Immediately Magdalena was taken directly to jail, and she is now held as a criminal, because according to them, she was arrested for damages against the Azucarera del Norte S.A (AZUNOSA).

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CLOC Via Campesina Central America denounces the increase in murders and persecution for defending life

Delegates of the CLOC Via Campesina Central America together with representatives of Guatemalan communities that suffer from persecution and intimidation for the defense of land and territory, made known, the increase of criminalization of the peasant and indigenous struggle for defending life.

The representatives of the Central American commission made known that the countries where there is increase in murder, imprisonment, persecution, and intimidation towards peasant and indigenous leaders for defending life are Honduras, Panama y Guatemala.

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