17 April : Day of Peasant's Struggle

Global Map of Actions: Peasants Day, 17 April 2017

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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

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(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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Int'l Day of Peasant Struggles 2017 | Call to Mobilise!

Peasants Rights, Human Rights! Advance toward UN Declaration on Rights of Peasants and Other People Working in Rural Areas! 

2017-03-23 Peasants Day.pngHarare, 23 March 2017: The international farmers’ movement La Via Campesina calls all its members and allies to mobilise on April 17, the International Day of Peasant's struggles.[1]

This year, we want the world to know that peasants and other people working in rural areas have been working very hard for their rights. The rights of peasants initiative, which La Via Campesina started 17 years ago, now is in advanced process within the United Nations towards a Declaration on the Rights of Peasants and Other People Working in Rural Areas. This declaration, if approved, will create an international legal instrument to protect the rights of and draw attention to the threats and discrimination suffered by peasants and other people working in rural areas.

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Updates from Civil Society Consultation with the FAO in the Near East and North Africa conference: UAWC

Ramallah: the Union of Agricultural Work Committees concluded its participation in" Civil Society Consultation with the Food and Agriculture Organization in the Near East and North Africa" conference, which was held in Beirut on 7th April2016.

b_350_0_16777215_00_images_2016-05-09.jpgThe UAWC's international Media coordinator, Hiba Al-Jibeihi, indicated that the conference discussed FAO's policies and initiatives in Livestock Contribution to Food Security, Fisheries and Aquaculture: Implementation of the Blue Growth Initiative, Women Empowerment, Building Resilience for Food Security and Nutrition, Supporting Small–Scale Agriculture for Inclusive Development, and Water Scarcity Initiative. 

Al-Jibeihi presented special recommendations related to Palestine, where she stressed on the specificity of the situation in Palestine as a country suffers from the Israeli occupation for decades, and that "FAO" policies and public policies should take the sensitivity of the situation in Palestine into account. She added that the FAO's documents and initiatives did not take into account the occupation and its impact on the people, and did not take into consideration the Palestinian small-scale sufferings, and therefore any policy issued must consider the Palestinian issue as its top priorities.

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