- Published on Thursday, 16 April 2009 11:32
17 April, International Day of Peasant's Struggle(Jakarta, April 16 2009) Farmers' and peasants' organisations, landless workers, rural women and youth are mobilising on April 17th for the International Day of Peasant's Struggle (1). This year, up to 100 actions including demonstrations, street theater, video screenings, direct action, conferences, art shows, local food markets, publications and exchanges... are being organised by the international farmers' movement Via Campesina, its friends and allies (2).
In Brazil land occupations have already taken place in more than 8 States to demand the settlement of 100,000 families from the landless movement (MST) and to denounce growing unemployment caused by the agro-industry and the economic crisis. In the Spanish State, several groups are organising about 20 events, including a series of protests against GMOs culminating in a mass demonstration in Zaragoza (¡no quiero trangénicos!).
- Published on Thursday, 16 April 2009 11:24
- Published on Wednesday, 15 April 2009 07:17
Ignoring criticism by numerous organizations, the Harper government began the process of ratification of the Canada-Colombia Free Trade Agreement in spite of incessant violence and serious human rights violations in Colombia.
On March 26, the Harper government presented the CC-FTA in the House of Commons to begin the process of ratification, at the same time as it presented the Law. Canadian representatives have 21 days to open a debate that could stop the ratification.
SOS-Colombia calls a mobilization to demonstrate to the Canadian government that we do not want to be accomplices to the regime of terror that exists in Colombia in the name of the economy!
- Published on Wednesday, 15 April 2009 07:04
Media Advisory / La Via Campesina – AIAB
(Brussels/Rome April 15, 2009) La Via Campesina will be mobilising against the meeting of the Agricultural ministers of the G8 in Treviso in Italy from the 17th to 20th of April. The G8, as well as representatives of China, India, Brazil, Mexico, South Africa and Egypt will be meeting to discuss “technical” issues related to hunger and the food crisis internationally.
La Via Campesina is an International movemnent of peasant farmers with more than 200 million members worldwide, many of whom have been victims of the neo-liberal policies promoted by the G8 in the past. With the financial crisis these policies have been shown to be inefficient, and neo-liberalism to be an ideology which has failed to alleviate hunger and protect the rights of peasants across the globe.