Press Release: Peasants in Asia give inputs to ‘UN Declaration on the Rights of Peasants & Other People Working in Rural Areas’

26 April 2016, JAKARTA:

Serikat Petani Indonesia (SPI, Indonesia Peasants Union) and La Via Campesina (international peasants movement) held a Regional Consultation, Training and Meetings on Peasant Rights in PKBI Guesthouse, Jakarta, April 26 to 29, 2016.

Henry Saragih, Chairman, SPI said that Peasant Rights which was declared on 20 April 2001 in Cibubur, West Java, will become a universal declaration of the United Nations (UN) in the near future.

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"Next month (May) we will be holding a conference together with the Human Rights Council of The United Nations, updating the draft of UN Declaration on the Rights of Peasants and Other People Working in Rural Areas," Henry said in Jakarta this morning. He also stressed that the main objectives of this important event is to give strong inputs to UN draft declaration on the rights of peasants and other people working in rural areas—with key rights around (1) right to land and territory; (2) right to seeds and traditional agricultural knowledge and practice; (3) right to biological diversity; and (4) state obligation. 

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Pay farmers their dues, demands Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha (KRRS)

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First published by The Hindu

Bangalore, India:

Activists of Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha (KRRS) staged a protest in the city on Wednesday, condemning the delay in payment of money to farmers towards food grains procured from them under Minimum Support Price (MSP).

Addressing the protest meet, H.R. Basavarajappa, Working President of Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha said that the government owed an amount of Rs. 31 crore (approximately 4.5 Million USD) to the farmers. This was for the paddy and ragi (finger millet) it had purchased from them, through procurement centres in the district, at MSP in the months of February and March.

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MST: We are entering a new period of class struggle

b_350_0_16777215_00_images_2016-02-12-MST.jpg(Caruaru/PE, January 2016) The Movement of Landless Workers, MST in Brazil, held a National Coordination meeting in Caruaru, during which they issued a charter with key reflections on the new class struggle. Below are their reflections:

Caruaru Charter

1. The current global crisis of capitalism, initiated in 2008, is causing increased unemployment, increased social inequality and concentration of income and wealth, besides intensifying the use of repressive state apparatus worldwide.

2. The big capital is unable to provide outlets for capitalism’s crisis. They emphasize that it will be a deep, long crisis, which will require structural reforms. Its social consequences are still unpredictable.

3. On the national level, depletion of the neo-developmentalist model, developed since 2003, is added to the international crisis of capitalism, based on economic growth and income distribution with class conciliation.

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India: GEAC to decide on GM Mustard

Press Release: National Farmers Coordination cautions against Commercialization of GM Mustard 

New Delhi, February 2, 2016

The Indian Coordination Committee of Farmers Movements demands the GEAC committee to say "no" to the commericalization of GM Mustard. 

We are a network of farmers movements that is committed to dignity and self-respect for farmers, and many of our members are in the international peasants’ movement La Via Campesina.  We represent thousands of villages in India and hundreds of thousands of farming families. Our member movements, such as Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha, have taken staunch action against the giant enemies of farmers since it’s founding in the 1980s (For example Operation Cremate Monsanto in 1993, which created an international fervor). We have, and continue to, reject the so-called benefits of GMOs to our farmers, environment, and citizens. 

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