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NFU commemorates April 17th: International Day of Peasants' Struggle

2017-04-17 NFU 250.png(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.

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Global peasant struggle rallies popular support

2017-04-17 ECVC.jpgOn the occasion of the International Day of Peasant’s Struggle, this 17th of April, a large coalition for peasants’ rights appeals for people’s support as negotiations for the UN Declaration on the Rights of Peasants and other People Working in Rural Areas draw near. Although peasants’ systems feed the vast majority of the world’s population, the current industrial food system is undermining small-scale producers. With dominant policies enabling aggressive land and resource grabbing and human rights defenders systematically criminalized, a mechanism that can fully recognize and protect the human rights of the rural world is urgently needed.

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This April 17th –We defend the rights of peasants and other people working in rural areas

2017-03-23 Peasants Day.pngPress Release

(Harare, April 17, 2017) Today La Via Campesina, the international peasant movement, commemorates the International Day of Peasants’ Struggle[1] with a focus on strengthening, protecting and recognizing the human rights of peasants. The initiative towards a United Nations (UN) Declaration on the Rights of Peasants and Other People Working in Rural Areas is one of the ways to legitimatize our struggles to build and reinforce food sovereignty where by our social, cultural, economic and political values are fully respected and upheld. We believe that in championing the rights of peasants and other people working in rural areas, humanity also wins.

Hundreds of millions of peasants are forced to live and lead undignified lives as their basic rights are increasingly very vulnerable as a result of capitalist and neoliberal logic of profit maximisation. Our rights to land, water, seeds, biodiversity, decent income are continuously being compromised, denied, violated and usurped. We, the Peasants, despite producing the bulk of the food consumed globally, continue to face criminalisation and discrimination.

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Serikat Petani Indonesia (SPI) to organise around the Int'l Day of Peasant Struggles (April 17) and Rights of Peasants Day (April 20)

2017-04-17 SPI.jpgFor peasants in Indonesia, two dates in April – the 17th and the 20th – hold massive significance in their persistent struggle for peasants’ rights.

17 April, the day of Eldorado dos Carajás massacre in 1996, when 19 peasants were killed while struggling to defend their land, is marked as the International Day of Peasant Struggles. On this day, members of the Indonesian Peasant Union(SPI) join their sisters and brothers in La Via Campesina around the world, holding solidarity events, promising to globalize their struggles and to globalize hope.  

20th April, the Rights of Peasants Day, is when Serikat Petani Indonesia (SPI) and several other peasant movements of the country come together to mark the 16th anniversary of the declaration of the Rights of Indonesian Peasants that they had first issued in Cibubur, West Java in 2001.

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