- Published on Monday, 16 February 2015 20:53
Condemning the Use of Violence against the Poor to Protect the Capitalists’ Interests
(Thailand, February 14, 2015) On 3 February 2015 Mr. Pianrat Boonrit, the president of an agricultural cooperative, a member of Southern Peasant Federation of Thailand, was summoned by the military for attitude adjustment and detained in a jail in Vibhavadirangsit Military Camp in Surat Thani Province until 5 February 2015. On the same evening the military demolished Permsab Community (a member of the agricultural cooperative, the Southern Peasant Federation of Thailand). The community locates in Chaiyaburi District in Surat Thani Province. The community members are struggling for land rights. They held a vigil not allowing the capitalist to enter and harvest oil palms in a national reserved forest of which the concession was expired for 14 years. Later on 11 February 2015 Mr. Chai Boonthonglek, age 61, also a member of the Federation was shot dead.
Yesterday (13 February 2015), the joint armed force of police and military officers guarded a private company’s transportation of the drilling equipment into Ban Na-moon Village, Doon Sad Sub-district, Kra-nuan District in Khonkaen Province to install the drilling rig. The drilling is continuously opposed by local people. Even the National Reform Council, hand-picked by National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) itself, voted 130 to 79 against the petroleum concession policy. But the NCPO does not listen and is stubbornly determined to use violence to clear the path for the capitalists.
- Published on Thursday, 12 February 2015 21:37
(Switzerland, Geneva, February 6, 2015) The United Nations (UN) 2nd special session on the rights of peasants and other people working in rural areas was held in Palais Nations, Geneva from 2-6 February 2015.
Member states, UN bodies and peoples’ movement from all over the world participated in the session. La Via Campesina, the initiator from grass-roots, sent delegates from Africa, Asia, Americas and Europe. Other organizations of mobile pastoralists, fisher people, women and NGOs were also present.
The reason for this 2nd session was the UN Human Rights Council resolution 26/26 of 2014. The resolution gave a clear mandate to the intergovernmental working group to negotiate, finalize, and submit to the Council a draft UN declaration on the rights of peasants and other people working in rural areas. This process inside the UN has been a long struggle by La Via Campesina for almost 14 years.
- Published on Thursday, 12 February 2015 14:19
United States of America, Florida: February 5, 2015
The Farmworker Association of Florida (La Asociación Campesina de Florida Asosiyasyon Travayè Latè nan Florid), along with Rural Coalition and La Vía Campesina, is very proud to announce the CAMPESINO-A-CAMPESINO AGROECOLOGY ENCUENTRO: A Collaborative Learning Exchange for Promoters of Agroecology, Traditional Wisdom and Respect for Mother Earth! It will take place at the Campesinos' Gardens in February 13-14 in Fellsmere, FL and February 15-16 in Florida City, FL.
It is an innovative community based projects born out of a 20-year social movement which has its origins in Mesoamerica, and which hinges on the idea that everyone has the right to healthy, fresh, culturally-appropriate foods and that small and peasant farmers, through agroecological, practice sustainable agriculture rooted in traditional wisdom to feed their communities and heal Mother Earth.
- Published on Thursday, 12 February 2015 14:10
(Germany,Teisendorf, January 21, 2014)(al) It is certainly not an everyday occurrence, that a woman from Zimbabwe, who runs a small farm in that country, congratulates a young woman from Bavaria for her decision to also run a small farm and tells her to be proud of that decision. Elizabeth Mpofu is, however, not an everyday woman, but the general secretary of the worldwide peasant organization “Via Campesina”, an association of more than 160 independent peasant organizations in 63 countries. Mpofu has experienced on her own body and in her own mind, what it means to want to be a small-farmer. She and her husband work on their plot of about ten hectares in the South-East-African Country. The difficulties, that she has had and still has to overcome, not only in an economic way, in the pursuance of her profession as a farmer, are at least as great, as those facing a young farm-woman in Bavaria.