- Published on Friday, 05 December 2008 16:17
(Matola, 22 October 2008). The 600 delegates of Via Campesina gathered in Matola, Mozambique for the 5th Conference of the international peasant movement express their support for the 12 anti-GMO activists who were sentenced today by a court in Bourdeaux (France) to three months in prison with suspended sentence for uprooting GMO maize two years ago. Among those charged is Jose Bove, who was also fined 12,000 Euros for having participated to this act of civil disobedience to eliminate Monsanto's BT maize. In the wake of such actions taken by workers and citizens, it is currently prohibited by law to cultivate this GMO maize in France.
Are our comrades guilty of being right two years too early? We call for wider actions in solidarity and resistance to eliminate all genetically modified plants.
Resistance is also found in cultivating and exchanging farmers' own seeds so that peasants, both men and women, can reclaim the biodiversity now endangered by transnational companies.
Only the farmer's own seeds can guarantee respect for the environment and the health and dynamism of rural communities. They are indispensable for food sovereignty.
Let’s destroy GMOs, cultivate biodiversity, and cultivate the sovereignty of all people!Josie Riffaud : +33 613105291
- Published on Thursday, 04 December 2008 19:41
Situation in the North Kivu, Democratic Republic of Congo
NO TO WAR!
YES TO LIFE AND TO FOOD SOVEREIGNTY!
The Confédération Paysanne du Congo (Peasant Confederation of Congo), COPACO-PRP, member of La Via Campesina in Africa, launches an appeal for international solidarity, given the armed conflict and insecurity situation that has intensified in the last weeks in the Northern province of Kivu, on the border with Ruanda.
The victims of this armed conflict between regular Congolese troops and rebel groups are the innocent civil populations, forced to leave their houses and fields, forced to wander along the roads and to join the refugee camps, in better cases.
- Published on Wednesday, 03 December 2008 21:14
and denounces the lack of union liberty in Turkey
On December 2nd, the Farmer Union Confederation Çiftçi-Sen, member of the European Coordination Via Campesina is facing a law suit where the legality of the Confederation is at stake.
The governorship of Ankara is demanding the closure of the Confederation on the basis that there are no domestic legal arrangements allowing for farmers to establish unions.
The Turkish Republic has failed to bring domestic law in concordance with the international agreements it has ratified, such as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the ILO Convention concerning freedom of Association and Protection of the Right to Organise. However, international treaties prevail over domestic laws and therefore this law suit has no legal justification.
- Published on Saturday, 29 November 2008 01:16
- Support the struggle of Palestinian farmers and Bedouins, for their survival and sovereignty including food sovereignty. The Palestinian famers struggle for their land and are part of the global farmers struggle.
- Solidarity for Palestinian farmers faced with daily oppression including the uprooting of their olive and other trees that are sacred for Palestinian people.
- Condemning the wall of apartheid built by the Israeli occupation which separates Palestinian farmers, farms, and fields from each other.