Palestine : Free Palestinian farmers and agricultural workers targeted for imprisonment

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August 5, 2012

As they organize to defend their land and Palestinian farming against the onslaught of settlements and siege, Palestinian agricultural workers and organizers have been subject to an intensified arrest campaign in the occupied West Bank of Palestine. 
A number of staff of the Union of agricultural WorK Committes (UAWC), a Palestinian grassroots organization that organizes Palestinian farmers to defend their land and develop their products, have been targeted in recent days for arrest by Israeli occupation forces.

On July 31, Dr. Moayad Ahmad Bisharat, the coordinator of UAWC’s Jericho office was abducted at dawn from his home. The UAWC office in Jericho was then ransacked by Israeli forces, who confiscated the computers, laptops, and files of the organization.

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International Orgs Warn:The State of Honduras Must Guarantee Judicial Independence, Impartiality

We, the international organizations signing below, would like to express our severe indignation regarding the three most recent murders of peasants in the context of the agrarian conflict in Bajo Aguán.

The small-scale food producer Gregorio Chávez Arando, 69 years old, active member of the Catholic Church, disappeared from his parcel on July 2. On July 6, his body was found buried in the Paso Aguán estate, which is under the control of the businessman and palm oil producer Miguel Facussé.

On July 7, Jacobo Erazo López, member of MUCA (Movimiento Unificado Campesino de Aguán) and ex-director of the Tranvía business, of the La Confianza settlement, was captured and shot to death by unknown persons as he was going to work in the Quebrada de Arena community. José Luis Dubón Diaz, also a member of MUCA, was murdered in la Ceibita close to the Lempira settlement on Sunday, July 8.

Including these most recent murders, 51 people related to or affiliated with the peasant organizations, and a journalist and his partner, have been murdered since 2009 within the context of the agrarian conflict afflicting this region. Furthermore, a peasant man has been missing since May 15, 2011.

During recent years, international organizations have been constantly monitoring the situation in Bajo Aguán, inter alia, through an international fact finding mission on human rights in Bajo Aguán, conducted in March 2011and the international public hearing on the human rights situation in Bajo Aguán, held on May 28 in Tocoá, Colón.2

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Palestine, Farmers need Food sovereignty

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Honduras : Another farmers killed!

Honduras, La Esperanza, Intibuca, May 16, 2012

Approximately 2 hours ago today, Wednesday May 16, 2012 we are informed that another campesino has been assassinated in Lower Aguan. The name of murdered campesino is Juan Jose Peralta, approximately 60 years old, the names of another two campesinos who were wounded are unknown; they were transferred to the hospital in Tocoa, Colon.

The violent act occurred around 9 am in the sector of Taujica close to the La Confianza cooperative when the campesinos were in a vehicle carrying a load of firewood they were attacked by suspected security guards.

URGENT Alert - May 16, 2012 - COPINH
The Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras (COPINH) alerts the public that in these morning hours of May 16, a convoy of army and police units are arriving at the community of Lavanderos in the ancestral Tolupan territory. This community has maintained a history struggle for the defense of its territory and forest that ancestrally belong to this people. In recent days the loggers have pressured the community in order to put into action management plans approved by the State of Honduras without community consent and out of compliance with Agreement 169 of the Indigenous Peoples signed by the State. Yesterday tensions grew and today, as is recently usually the case in indigenous territories where they struggle to protect natural resources, the armed forceds and police have arrived in the zone for which we fear for the safety of the people.

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