- Published on Friday, 03 June 2016 17:13
Brussels, 1 June 2016
CAP 2020: More deregulation will not solve the problems... caused by deregulation and short-sighted decision-makers
Following the European agricultural ministers' informal Council meeting on 30 and 31 May in the Netherlands, the European Coordination Via Campesina1 examined the document "Food for the future - the future of food" proposed by the Dutch EU Presidency to kick-off discussions on the future of the CAP after 2020, as well as the Council's discussions.
Despite its announced openness to the food issue, ultimately, it is a very partial view of the problem that has emerged. The notion of "demand", centered on the needs of affluent consumers in terms of transparency, omits the issue of access to quality food for millions of poor people in Europe, and the health problems related to industrial food. The attention given to "production" disappointed as well, since it only concerns modernized farmers or those following that approach, as expressed in the passage on new ICTs.
- Published on Friday, 03 June 2016 13:58
(Brazil, June 2, 2016) The MST in Goiás state is publicly denouncing the escalation of repression against the struggle for land. On Monday May 30, the intellectual and activist for agrarian reform Jose Valdir Misnerovicz who was in Veranópolis, in Rio Grande do Sul, was surprised by a coordinated operation by the Civil Police of Rio Grande do Sul and Goiás for his arrest. This fact is in addition to the imprisonment of the landless worker Luiz Batista Borges who is a prisoner in the Provisional Detention Center in Rio Verde since April 14, a target of the same process that seeks to criminalize the MST, framing it as a criminal organization based in law 12.850 / 2013.
- Published on Wednesday, 01 June 2016 17:51
Monday 30th May 2016
The work of the UN Open Ended Inter-governmental Working Group (OEIGWG) developing a legally binding international instrument on Transnational Corporations and other business enterprises is now in its second year. This OEIGWG was mandated in June 2014 (AHRC/29/6) its work has opened a new historic chapter in putting the challenge of regulation of TNCs back on the international agenda. Furthermore it underscores the search for effective alternatives on the trade, investment and access to justice.
In order to prepare the next meeting of the Working Group and put together the efforts and experience of activists and Human Rights lawyers from all over the worlds, GUE/NGL, PODEMOS, the Global Campaign to Dismantle Corporate Power and Stop Impunity, Friends of the Earth International, the Centre Europe Tiers-Monde (CETIM) and the Transnational Institute organized a Public Hearing at the European Parliament in Brussels, on How to hold TNCs Responsible for Human rights Violations. La Via Campesina also represented itself at the public hearing.
Declaration against the criminalisation, persecution and judicialization of the struggle for the defence of life, rights, land, water, seeds and mother earth
- Published on Wednesday, 01 June 2016 15:12
Marabá, 15 April 2016
From 13 to 17 April 2016, in Marabá, Pará, Brazil, more than 130 delegates from 28 countries around the world were brought together as part of La Vía Campesina and allied movements, as part of the International Conference on Agrarian Reform, a symbol of the fight for freedom for men and women in the fields, the mangroves and on the sea. The aim of the conference was to draw up a much-needed proposal for Popular Agrarian Reform to override capitalist and neoliberal expansion.
At this time of struggle and resistance for peoples of the world, we debated the criminalisation, persecution and judicialization of the struggle for the defence of life, rights, land, water, seeds and mother earth, promoted by capitalist interests imposing political, economic, military and social terrorism. This all occurs with the consent of State Governments by means of their lethal projects such as extraction-based infrastructure projects, or capitalist ‘development’ (tourism, carbon markets, mining, hydroelectricity, monoculture, agribusiness, industrial agriculture and mariculture), as well as the militarisation of our lands. Depravation, social instability and repression are widespread as a result of systematic assassinations, massacres, forced disappearances, high rates of femicide, imprisonment and arbitrary detention, intimidation, harassment and threats, prosecution of leaders, forced migration and wars against ordinary people.