Land, seas and territories to feed our dignity and the peoples of the world

March 2012

March 5 – 9, 2012: Last round of the international negotiations on land at FAO: The mobilization of social organizations and Italian NGOs.Monday, 5th of March, at 1 p.m.: international press conference of the delegates of civil society who will present the demands of civil society inside FAO. Friday, 9th of March, at 1 p.m.: press conference outside of FAO on the end of negotiations and the results

On Monday, 5th of March, the last phase of the negotiations of governments and civil society on the “Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests” in FAO’s Committee on World Food Security (CFS) will begin.

The Italian associations A.I.A.B., CROCEVIA, FAIR and TERRA NUOVA support und participate in the mobilization of the delegates of social movements and organizations that represent small-scale food producers (peasants, fisherfolk, indigenous peoples, nomadic pastoralists, young people and rural women).

The Voluntary Guidelines are an instrument of the system of the United Nations that fixes necessary, but not obligatory elements for the actions of governments. Two thirds of the text have already been agreed upon during the last session in October 2011. Social movements have strongly pushed for the elaboration of these guidelines, given that in respect to land, even the most basic rights are being violated, especially the right to food.

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Agrarian Reform, Village Reform and Ecological Justice: Indonesia Way for Social Justice

Joint Secretariat of the Indonesian Movement for Recovering People’s Rights

Jakarta, 12-01-2012

We of the " Joint Secretariat of the Indonesian Movement for Recovering People’s Rights", an alliance of Farmers, Workers, Indigenous People, Women, Youth, Students, Village Governance, and NGOs.

Today, Thursday, January 12, 2012 to act in unison in Jakarta and 27 provinces in Sumatera, Java, Kalimantan, Sulawesi, Bali and Nusa Tenggara.

Today, we declare resistance and pledge our alliance against land grabbing facilitated by the SBY-Boediono regime throughout Indonesia.

We view that the agraria (land, water, and natural resources) main problem in Indonesia is the concentration of ownership, control and exploitation of agrarian resources including land, forest, mining and water in the hands of a few people and large corporations, in the middle of millions of small holder farmers and landless people. Ironically, in the midst of that inequality, expropriation of people’s land is still happening.

Expropriation occurred because of the malign conspiracy between the government, house of representatives and corporations. They use their power to pass the Laws such as: Law No.25/2007 on Investment, Law No.41/1999 on Forestry, Law 18/2004 on Plantation, Law No.7/2004 on Water Resources, Law No. 27/2007 on Management of Coastal Areas and Small Islands, Law No. 4 /2009 on Mining, and the recent enactment of Law on Land Acquisition. The overall legislation has legalized the expropriation of people's rights over land, forest, mining, fishing areas, indigenous and villages area and territory, all for the mere benefit of investors.

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Land Grabbing: Indonesia is moving for people's rights


(Jakarta, 12 January 2012) A large rally demanding agrarian reform and people’s rights shook Jakarta and 27 other provinces all across Indonesia on January 12. At least 7 thousands of people marched from the Supreme Court to the Presidential Palace and ended up at the House of Representatives.

47 organisations joined in what they called the “Joint Secretariat of the Indonesian Movement for Recovering People’s Rights’. They declared resistance and denounced land grabbing facilitated by the SBY-Boediono regime throughout Indonesia.

This huge coalition, led by Serikat Petani Indonesia, various other peasant movements, fisher folks, workers, indigenous people, women, youth, students, village governance groups and NGOs, rattled the street in a fight against recent land grabbing cases in Mesuji and Sape. Both cases involved casualties among the populations perpetrated by corporations and the police.

The current cases in Mesuji and Bima that became public late 2011, show that the police did not hesitate to kill people who resist land grabbing. The National Police has clearly and openly become a mercenary force for plantation, mining, and forestry companies.

The concrete proposals from the protesters were to immediately implement Agrarian Reform and Village Reform for Ecological Justice.

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