Paraguay: More repression in Curuguaty

2013-08%20curu.jpgYesterday, during the morning of July 30th, 2,000 acres of Marina Kue were occupied again by a hundred farmers, demanding that the state give the land as part of land reform. They are located in the district of Yby Pytá, department of Canindeyú. This territory was protagonist of the Slaughter of Curuguaty, where 11 farmers and 6 policemen were killed in June 2012, and led a week later to an institutional coup against Fernando Lugo. In addition, they demand that charges be dropped and the peasants detained be release due to the clashes in Curuguaty.

There are about 200 police officers on site, including elite troops, under the direction of the zonal police chief, Atilio Ferreira, and representatives of the Paraguayan justice, but without any order or court document.

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Mozambique: Joint Mobilization by Civil Society for the defence of resources and against the privatization of the land

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At a time when the debate over resources and land worsens in Mozambique, more than 30 civil society organizations commit to the increment of joint actions and extending their articulation in the defence of natural resources and against the privatization of land.

Peasant movements, men and women, feminists, students, human rights activists, environmentalists, labour unionists and workers, fishermen and communities affected by the impacts of large investments, consider the  land  and natural resources issue, and its defence, to be crucial. These organizations will launch a nationwide campaign against the privatization of land, theft and looting of all natural resources in Mozambique.

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Specific rights for peasants are also important for European farmers

Contribution of the European Coordination Via Campesina to the Open-ended intergovernmental working group on a United Nations declaration on the rights of peasants and other people working in rural areas.

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The CAP, a European specificity
(Geneva, July 15, 2013) The European Union has the distinction of having over 50 years of a strong Common Agriculture Policy. Implemented in the 60s, it was initially meant to ensure food bself-sufficiency of the people. This was achieved by ensuring to farmers remunerative prices for the main products, by protecting the domestic market. This pricing policy was accompanied by a modernization of agriculture, with restructuring and facilities for older farmers to leave the land to younger farmers.

The principles of this policy have changed dramatically in the 90s with the creation of the WTO, globalization and the implementation of neo-liberal policies. Prices should be aligned with world prices and thus provide the food industry with cheap raw materials.

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Let us work for the best of our world.

Statement by Mr. Henry Saragih to the Open-ended intergovernmental working group on a United Nations declaration on the rights of peasants and other people working in rural areas

 (Geneva, Palais des Nations, Room X, First session, 15 – 19 July 201)

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 Distinguished Delegates of the working group, Distinguished Panelists, Ladies and Gentlemen,

There is a strong reason for us to welcome this working group. This working group, first and foremost, is a testament that international cooperation is really needed in addressing challenges of today’s world. Member states, various organisations representing peasants and other people working in rural areas, research organisations, academia, institutions representing different tasks of United Nations, all put forward their time and energy to develop international cooperation for the future of promotion and protection of human rights of peasants and other people working in rural areas.

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