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Opposition rises to planned agricultural mega-mergers

b_350_0_16777215_00_images_2017-04-03_Public_Action_against_Mergers.jpgPRESS RELEASE – Friends of the Earth Europe, European Federation of Food, Agriculture and Tourism Trade Unions, European Coordination of Via Campesina, CONCORD Europe

Brussels – More than 200 organisations have called on the European Commission and Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager to block the planned mergers of six giant agriculture corporations. 

The farmer, farmworker, beekeeper, religious, international development, and environmental groups claim that the three resulting companies will concentrate market power and “exacerbate the problems caused by industrial farming – with negative consequences for the public, farmers and farm workers, consumers, the environment, and food security” in an open letter

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Unite against the FFA for the future of agriculture!

2017-04-03 FFA.jpgA call from civil society 

The 10th edition of the Forum for the Future of Agriculture (FFA) was held in Brussels on the 28th of March. Its organisers, Syngenta (a multinational chemicals and agrifood firm) and ELO (an organisation that lobbies for large European landowners) presented their brand of agriculture, which they claim will meet food and environmental challenges. A coalition of farmers’ organisations (members of La Via Campesina), civil society organisations and citizens have denounced these false agribusiness solutions and are issuing this appeal to send a firm message to the organisers and attendees of this forum : this agriculture has no future ! 

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Resolution: Call to action in support of Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and against the Dakota Access Pipeline

2017-02-10 Stop DAPL 400 px.jpgThe epicenter of the struggle to defend our Mother Earth, Water and Nature is currently Standing Rock.

The North American Region of La Via Campesina sends its most sincere solidarity to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and the water defenders in their heroic struggle to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) and in defense of Mother Nature and their sacred land. 

We demand that the federal government respect the territorial sovereignty of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.  

Finally, we call upon all of our members and allies of the North American Region of La Via Campesina to mobilize, firmly and widely, to stop the repression and violence by the police and the state against the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe who are protecting their water for all of us, as well as their ancestral land, and their sovereignty.

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Binding Treaty Negotiations in Geneva | Press release

Conclusions of the Global Campaign on the UNHRC 2nd Session of the “Open-ended intergovernmental working group on transnational corporations and other business enterprises with respect to human rights” (OEIGWG) concluding on 28th October 2016


b_350_0_16777215_00_images_2016-10-31_BindingTreaty_Press_Conf.jpg28 October 2016, Geneva: In the context of the Second Session of the Open Ended Inter-Governmental Working Group (OEIGWG) at the Human Rights Council with the mandate to establish a Binding Treaty on Transnational Corporations and other business enterprises with respect to human rights, the Global Campaign to Reclaim Peoples’ Sovereignty, Dismantle Corporate Power and End Impunity expressed its engagement with this process through several activities, actions and statements. The Campaign is committed to the importance of this process as a way to allow people affected by Transnational Corporations (TNCs) around the world access to justice. 

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Full text of the speech by Julia Fernandes at #BindingTreaty negotiations

2016-10-28 juliana.jpgAt the ongoing negotiations in Geneva, of the Open Ended Inter Governmental Working Group (OEIWG) at United Nations, Julia Fernandes on behalf of International Association of Democratic Lawyers and MAB (a grassroots national organization from Brasil) and La Via Campesina spoke about the urgent need to have a Binding Treaty to hold TNCs accountable for human rights violations.

Here is the text of her speech.


We speak on behalf of International Association of Democratic Lawyers and MAB, a grassroots national organization from Brasil, struggling in defense of the rights of communities affected by dams and for a peoples energy project. MAB is part of the Via Campesina International.

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Honduras Mission in Geneva refuses to acknowledge receipt of letter seeking justice for the murder of community defenders

b_350_0_16777215_00_images_2016-10-27_Letter_Being_Delivered.jpgOn Thursday, 27th October 2016, organizations and social movements of the Global Campaign to Dismantle Corporate Power and End Impunity, delivered a letter to the Permanent Mission of Honduras in Geneva seeking justice in the murders of community defenders in the Central American country. The letter demands protection for threatened defenders.

You can see the copy of the letter in Spanish here

However, the Mission of Honduras refused to sign the acknowledgment receipt of the letter, which contains about 100 signatures from organizations from five continents, but it was delivered either way. 

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The impacts of the actions of TNCs on peasant communities | Full text of the speech by Federico Pacheco | #BindingTreaty

fedepach.jpgAt the ongoing negotiations in Geneva, of the Open Ended Inter Governmental Working Group (OEIWG) at United Nations, Federico Pacheco of the Union of Land Workers of Andalusia intervened to denounce the actions of transnationals pushing a model of industrial agriculture that pollutes the environment, monopolizes and privatizes the commons, and exploits workers and producers. Here is the full text of the speech. 

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Geneva: Rogerio Höhn intervenes at #BindingTreaty negotiations | Full text of the speech

2016-10-25 Rogerio.jpgAt the ongoing negotiations in Geneva, of the Open Ended Inter Governmental Working Group (OEIWG) at United Nations, to come up with a Legally Binding Treaty for countries to prosecute and hold to account Transnational Corporations that engage in human rights violations, Rogerio Höhn from the Movement of people affected by Dams in Brazil spoke of the rights of people affected by corporate crimes and the need for remedial processes that recognize affected people as actors and as subjects. He also stressed that the Treaty must strengthen the primacy of human rights. Here is the full text of his speech. 

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La Via Campesina joins the mobilization at the UN in favor of a Binding Treaty to dismantle corporate power

(Geneva - October 25, 2016) 

b_350_0_16777215_00_images_2016-10-25_-_TNCs_Geneva_Scaled_Image.jpgMembers of La Via Campesina are participating in mobilizations being held in Geneva as part of the Global Campaign to Dismantle Corporate Power and in the ongoing negotiations of the Open Ended Inter Governmental Working Group (OEIWG), at United Nations, to come up with a Legally Binding Treaty for countries to prosecute and hold to account Transnational Corporations that engage in human rights violations.

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Sri Lanka: First People’s Tribunal on agrochemical companies

First published by Ceylon Today (2016-09-23)

A group of environmental organizations held a People's Tribunal, on multinational agrochemical companies, at the Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute, yesterday. A large number of representatives from Farmers' Associations participated in it. A number of representatives from Sri Lanka's agricultural hubs, including Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, Kurunegala and Moneragala, gave evidence before the tribunal; highlighting the issues faced by the people due to the activities of the multinational agrochemical companies.

"We want to know the impacts of the activities of the multinational agrochemical companies on the environment, on people's health, and on society. Also, these multinational agrochemical companies have not been held responsible, for the damage they have done to Sri Lankans in the last 40 years," said Chintaka Rajapakse, moderator of the Movement for National Land and Agricultural Reform (MONLAR).

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