European Coordination Via Campesina supports Çiftçi-Sen

and denounces the lack of union liberty in Turkey

On December 2nd, the Farmer Union Confederation Çiftçi-Sen, member of the European Coordination Via Campesina is facing a law suit where the legality of the Confederation is at stake.

The governorship of Ankara is demanding the closure of the Confederation on the basis that there are no domestic legal arrangements allowing for farmers to establish unions.

The Turkish Republic has failed to bring domestic law in concordance with the international agreements it has ratified, such as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the ILO Convention concerning freedom of Association and Protection of the Right to Organise. However, international treaties prevail over domestic laws and therefore this law suit has no legal justification.

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Call to action on the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, 10 Dec 2008

We, peasants of the world demand our own convention!
 
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) turns 60 on the 10th of December 2008. As the declaration represents the worldwide expression of the rights which all human beings are inherently entitled to, it is important for the peasants to also commemorate this occasion.

Peassants represent almost half of the population on earth and we are the basis of the world's food system. We are working hard to fill people's plates every day—but we face the hard reality of the food, energy, climate and financial crises. Thoses crises also create massive and systematic violations of the rights of the peasants.

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Global Campaign on the International Convention on the Rights of the Peasants

Introduction

The struggle of upholding the rights of the peasants in La Via Campesina began 7 years ago. Since 2001, we have been working on the institutionalization of the rights of the peasants into the international human rights system. This initiative was reiterated in and by the La Via Campesina International Conference on Peasant Rights, 19-25 June 2008. This was a big momentum, as in this conference, member and allies of La Via Campesina, human rights activists and academics developed a global step for the institutionalization of rights. The conference delivered both the declaration of the conference and the text declaration of the Rights of Peasants and its annex which consist of all considerations, and development of and for the institutionalization of the rights.

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Solidarity for our peasant leaders of Honduras!

At present we are informing you that our compañero Rafael Alegría, peasant leader of Honduras and member of the International Coordinating Committee of the Via Campesina is receiving threats from landholders and members of the national police after a bloody confrontation in the Struggle for the Land, between the Grupo Campesino Guadalupe CARNEY and the Osorto Family, occurred
on Sunday, August 3 of this year, in the community Silin, Trujillo, Colón, where 11 people died, and two were wounded.
 
As result of the the above, Mr. Henry Osorto, commissioner of the national police and directly involved in the agrarian conflict, has declared before various communication outlets that our compañero Rafael Alegría and other peasant leaders are those responsible for this tragedy, accusing them of promoting the actions carried out by the peasants to recover the land and in addition qualified them as terrorists, guerillas, exploiters of peasants, revolutionary agitators, and who live at the cost of the peasants.

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