Brazil: Since the return to democracy there have been nearly 2,000 political assassinations in rural areas
- Published on Tuesday, 25 April 2017 14:07
Records from the Pastoral Land Commission (CPT) show that, since 1985, 1,833 peasants and leaders of the struggle for agrarian reform have been assassinated in conflicts over land, while during the same period of time large land estates have grown by 375%.
(April 25 , 2017) The year 2016 was marked by setbacks all over the country. In the rural areas, the situation did not differ: the number of assassinations caused by land conflicts was higher than it had been in 13 years. With 60 deaths (20% more than in the previous year), 2016 became the most violent year in the countryside since 2003, when (according to the Pastoral Land Commission’s report that was published in 2016) 71 people were murdered in the course of their struggles for land reform and for the protection of their traditional territories.
- Published on Wednesday, 19 April 2017 14:03
(Cape Town, April 18, 201) Today, La Via Campesina Southern and Eastern Africa (LVC SEAf) began the first of a 3-day long consultations on peasant rights UN declaration. Delegates from African, Asian and European countries discussed the building of capacities to understand the UN process and to collectively prepare a report on violations peasant rights.
In his opening remarks, the convener of the Food Sovereignty Campaign Ruben Fortuin said they hope the meeting will contribute to greater awareness of and strengthen, protect and enhance the rights peasants and other people working in rural areas within the region.
According to Veronica Sophu Chairperson MVIWATA (Tanzania network of small scale farmers groups) and LVC SEAf region coordination commission member, “We hope to not only strengthen the lobby and advocacy thinking and efforts to make sure the Declaration is adopted. We also hope to start developing strategic actions to ensure its implementation.”
- Published on Tuesday, 18 April 2017 15:27
On the 12th of April, the Korean Women Peasants’ Association opened a ‘Women Peasants' Agroecology School’ at Sangju Seunggok, Green Village in Gyeongbuk.
The two-daylong introductory session was attended by 20 peasant women from all over South Korea. The agroecology program at the new school is divided into four learning sessions spread across several months and combining a mix of theoretical and on-field training. The first session, held on the 12th and the 13th of April, explored the peasant way of life and the role of peasant agriculture in advancing food sovereignty.
- Published on Tuesday, 18 April 2017 13:06
(Saskatoon, April 17, 2017) - On April 17th, 1996, 19 peasants were killed when military police in Pará, Brazil attacked members of the Landless Workers Movement (MST) who were blockading a highway in order to demand agrarian reform. Two more people died from their injuries several days later, and hundreds were so seriously injured that they could not go on working in agriculture. La Via Campesina, which was then in the midst of holding its second international conference in Tlaxcala, Mexico, declared April 17th to be the International Day of Farmers' and Peasants' Struggle.
La Via Campesina is the international movement which brings together millions of peasants, small and medium-size farmers, landless people, women farmers, indigenous people, migrants and agricultural workers from around the world. It defends small-scale sustainable agriculture as a way to promote social justice and dignity.