- Published on Friday, 15 April 2016 17:39
Press Release: La Via Campesina
(Harare, 15 April 2016): On April 17, The International Day of Peasant’s Struggle - millions of peasants and their allies – women and men – around the world are uniting in action to commemorate the massacre of 19 landless farmers in 1996in Brazil and to continue the struggle for land and life. Two decades after that despicable incident took place in Eldorado dos Carajás, peasants and peasant leaders continue to be assaulted and killed for defending their rights. The killing of Honduras activist, Berta Caceres, and other peasants in Columbia, Philippines and Brazil in recent weeks and the criminalization of social protest and many other forms of human rights abuses continue.
La Via Campesina denounces all forms of injustices that affect the peasant way of life, an important heritage of the people at the service of humanity.
- Published on Monday, 11 April 2016 15:26
(Ramallah, April 4, 2016) The Union of Agricultural Work Committees distributed 5000 thyme seedlings to 13 families in Um Al-Kair village in the governorate of Hebron to increase the steadfastness of its people and protect their land from confiscation.
The UAWC clarified that Um Al-Kair village is one of the Bedouin villages in the governorate of Hebron, and it is the subject of Israeli violations and their attempts to eradicate its people from their lands by the establishment of "Karmiel" settlement, which enforced its people to depend on house gardens as the only source of incomes.
- Published on Monday, 11 April 2016 15:06
April 8 2016
Last Thursday afternoon, families of the Landless Workers’ Movement (MST) organized in the Dom Tomás Balduino Camp, were victims of an ambush by the State Military Police and private security forces of the logging company Araupel.
In this cowardly attack, promoted by the Military Police and Araupel’s private security, were murdered rural workers Vilmar Bordim, 44, married with three children, and Leomar Bhorbak, 25, who left behind his wife who is nine-months pregnant. At least seven workers were also wounded, and two more were detained by the police to obtain declarations, and have already been released.
The camp, located in the municipality of Quedas do Iguaçu, in the state of Paraná, began being inhabited by approximately 1,5 thousand families in May 2015. It’s located in the Río Dos Cobras property, which previously had been illegally occupied by the logging company. Justice declared, because of this fraud, that those lands were public and had to be destined to agrarian reform.
- Published on Friday, 08 April 2016 15:15
La Via Campesina's e-newsletter, March 2016 edition, is now available. As we organise and mobilise for April 17th, the International Day of Peasants’ Struggle, we highlight the worsening human rights abuses and criminalisation of social protest. The Honduras case is one among the many such worsening situations where Berta Cáceres was killed and other activist leaders face jail sentences and intimidation daily. The migrant crisis in Europe too is deplorable. The newsletter highlights other news from the member organisations and regions. We share also the new edition of the Nyéléni Newsletter on Corporate governance of food systems. Watch interesting videos on Yirca Resistance in Turkey and other on Agroecology. Download the newsletter, read and share it! Globalize the Struggle! Globalize Hope!