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UAWC's statement on the occasion of Land Day

UAWC logo 2014.jpegProtecting Our Land and Supporting Our Farmers

30th March, 2017. Our people in all of historic Palestine and in all countries of exile and diaspora are reviving the 41st anniversary of Land Day to reinforce their attachment to their own land and their unity to defend their existence in the face of the Israel's colonial project.

The revival of this occasion this year came in the light of many challenges and risks facing our people, at the forefront of these risks are daily killings and constant looting of land and its natural resources in Palestine which is considered flagrant violation of all international conventions, particularly the Fourth Geneva Convention and international humanitarian law. These violations in combined with catastrophic division and the absence of consolidated national strategy deteriorate the Palestinian situation.

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Faced with the rise of nationalism and xenophobia, Food Sovereignty is more necessary than ever.

2017-03-16 Food Sov.jpgWith the Brexit, the election of Donald Trump, the rise of the extreme right in Europe and the increase in migration, there is an urgent need to intensify the cooperation between countries and their populations. Wars, climate change, the depletion of natural resources, poverty, hunger and malnutrition, but also the increase in inequalities, are all fundamental problems that humanity must seek to resolve together.  This cannot be done without questioning both the current neoliberal globalization, and the xenophobic and nationalist orientations that are opposed to economic globalization while protecting and defending their own interests. 

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Manifest: Rights of peasants – a step ahead for the future of humanity

b_350_0_16777215_00_images_2017-03-16-_rights.jpgSchwäbisch Hall, 13 March 2017

The International Congress on Peasants’ Rights, which took place from 7 to 10 March in Schwäbisch Hall, Germany, brought together close to one hundred peasants and representatives of food producers from all over the world,  along with the same diversity of human rights defenders and activists. The Congress concluded with the presentation of a Manifesto on the need for a Declaration on the rights of peasants and other people working in rural areas, a text that was finalized with the contribution of the participants to the event. Below you can find the full text.

Almost 500 years ago, growing encroachments on peasants’ common lands by princes and churches led to rural uprisings in Southern Germany and to the drafting of the peasants’ “Twelve Articles”. This document represents the first record of demands for human rights and liberties in Europe, and included the right to equal access to lands, forests and fishing grounds. Although the feudal lords brutally crushed this revolt, peasants kept resisting and showing that the feudal nobility hadn’t defeated them. History shows that when peasants are rolled back in one place they reappear in another one. Peasant revolts are still on-going!

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"No Women, No Family Farming!", insist peasant women in Asia

2017-03-15 Womens Meeting Asia Small.jpgWomen peasants in South East Asia and East Asia gathered in Sarawak, Malaysia from the 21-23 February 2017, to voice their opinions and provide inputs to the ongoing negotiations for a Universal Declaration for Peasants and Other People Working in Rural Areas. The delegation comprised women peasants from Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, Cambodia, East Timor, Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan.

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"The need for a UN Declaration on the Rights of Peasants is more urgent than ever"

2017-03-15 P Rights Congress 1.JPGReport from the Global Peasants’ Rights Congress  from 7-10 March 2017 in Schäbisch Hall, Germany

Honoring International Women’s Day, an international delegation of women kicked off the Global Peasants’ Rights Congress last Wednesday, held in the rural region of Schwäbisch Hall, Germany, with a mystica.

In the opening of the event, Elizabeth Mpofu, General Secretary of La Via Campesina reaffirmed that “the need for a UN Declaration on the Rights of Peasants is more urgent than ever.” Peasants around the world “promote a model based on Food Sovereignty and support agroecological peasant agriculture as a solution to food, climate and social crisis. In championing the rights of peasants and other people working in rural areas, she argued, humanity also wins.” 

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MOBILIZATION CALL Rome - March 25, 2017

b_350_0_16777215_00_http___www.eurovia.org_wp-content_uploads_2017_02_ROME-CALL-IT-EN-Final.jpgFor healthy and quality food, decent work, and a just and sustainable agricultural policy in a Europe of the People and of Solidarity.

We call on ECVC’s member organizations, allied groups, grassroots networks, and the whole peasant and food sovereignty movement in Europe to mobilize this 25 March – on the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome – for another Europe, for one that cares for its population and not that protects corporate interests, for an agricultural policy that provides quality food, decent income for producers, decent work and protects the environment.  

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#March8 - UAWC extend its deepest greetings for all Palestinian women farmers


(March 8, 2017)Today, The Union of Agricultural Work Committees (UAWC) as all liberals and progressives people in the world, are celebrating the International Women's Day. On this occasion, UAWC would like to confirm its profound faith in the principle of emancipation of women, where UAWC believes that the liberation of any society can only be achieved by assuring women's liberation and their equal participation in all sectors, since women are half the society.

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