- Published on Wednesday, 18 May 2016 14:39
Statement by Vincent Delobel, member of La Via Campesina, during the third session of the intergovernmental working group on a United Nations declaration on the rights of peasants and other people working in rural areas
Geneva, Palais des Nations
17th May 2016
Madame Chair-Rapporteur, Delegates, Ladies and Gentlemen.
It is an honour and a pleasure for me to be here and speak on behalf of young European peasant men and women, to convey our message. As an organic goat herder in Belgium, I grow the feed for the goats and make their milk into different cheeses.
Today, in Europe, our profession as farmers, and especially as breeders, is under threat. Only ten per cent of us are farmers under forty years of age. In fact, many of my counterparts produce at a loss; their economic margin and their bargaining power reduced to nothing. Many of us are trapped in a development trajectory which is not only very risky in financial terms, but which also leads us to do our work, treat our soil, crops and animals in a way that does not correspond to our values.
Honduras: Statement from the CLOC-La Via Campesina Central America in reaction to the increasing criminalisation of the peasant movement
- Published on Wednesday, 18 May 2016 14:08
(Tegucigalpa, May 17th, 2016) Having made a thorough analysis of the social situation in Honduras, particularly with regard to the peasant and indigenous movements, the Political Coordination Committee of the CLOC-La Vía Campesina Central America, composed of representatives from Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras, meeting together in Tegucigalpa, issued the following statement:
1.- We are Central American women and men who share the ideals that inspired the struggles of Francisco Morazán Quezada and other Central American heroes, ideals which include the full integration of the Central American region.
2.- We are extremely troubled by the repeated violations of the human rights of thousands of peasants, indigenous women and men, and Afro-Hondurans. Problems over land ownership and use have resulted in the criminalisation of more than 5,000 peasant activists, including at least 1,700 women, who have been put on trial because of their activism. Many of them are subjected to systematic persecution, and some 200 women and men peasants have been assassinated.
- Published on Monday, 16 May 2016 20:53
Geneva, May 16, 2016
Delegates from La Vía Campesina, representing 200 millions of peasants and small scale farmers, rural women, rural workers have started their two preparatory days in Geneva on the 15th an 16th may, before their participation inside the third Intergovernmental Working Group for a UN Declaration on the Rights of Peasants and other people working in rural areas that will take place on this week inside the Human Rights Council. LVC together with FIAN and CETIM have been working on this issue since 2002 in order to bring inside the international human rights system the recognition of peasants and rural communities as rights holders.
- Published on Monday, 16 May 2016 14:54
This is an institutional and anti-democratic coup that disrespects the will of 54 million voters
The Landless Workers Movement (MST) publicly expresses its disgust and dissatisfaction regarding the decision of the Senate, this Thursday (12), in admitting the process of impeachment against President Dilma Roussef and temporarily withdrawing her from the post. We are sure, as stated in the text of the case, that the President did not commit any crime with fiscal peddling. If this is to be considered crime, the vice president, Michel Temer, who now assumes as President, and Senator Anastasia, the rapporteur of the process and former governor of Minas Gerais, should also be accused.
This is an institutional and anti-democratic coup that disrespected the will of 54 million voters and was orchestrated by the most conservative sectors of society, particularly the neoliberal business, subservient to the interests of US companies. A coup supported by a permanent campaign of mass media - especially Globo - and by a selective action of the sectors of the judiciary.