Main Issues

Over 15 years’ struggle for the recognition of peasants in the international human rights system

b_350_0_16777215_00_images_2016-08-26_P_Rights.jpgThe process towards a Declaration on the Rights of Peasant Men and Women and Other People Living in Rural Areas aims to create an international human rights instrument, to improve the promotion and protection of their rights and draw attention to the threats and discrimination suffered by peasants and people involved in small-scale food production across the world. 

The current draft Declaration is under negotiation with the Open-Ended Intergovernmental Working Group (OEIWG) on the rights of peasants and other people working in rural areas. This Working Group is part of the Human Rights Council in Geneva and was created in September 2012 by Resolution 21/19. 

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Statement from the Popular University of Social Movements Workshop held at Harare

Land, seeds, food, water, people and the climate in SADC - 15 years after the agrarian reform in Zimbabwe

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12 -14 July 2016 

Preamble

Over the past 15 years, Zimbabwe's fast track land reform programme redressed colonial land inequalities and now provides lessons for its neighbours on how to democratise land ownership and broaden economic participation. From July 12-14 2016, various social movements and academics from Zimbabwe, Mozambique, South Africa, Ivory Coast, Spain and Portugal gathered in Zimbabwe's capital, Harare to discuss and debate the state of land, seeds, food, climate and people in Southern Africa. The event was being held under the banner/auspices of the Popular University of Social Movements, known by its Portuguese and Spanish acronym, UPMS. 

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Take Action: Demand justice for Baek Nam-gi

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69-year-old farmer Baek Nam-gi remains unconscious in a hospital bed in Seoul more than 250 days after he was struck down by police water cannon after participating in a demonstration on 14 November last year.

After Mr. Baek fell down, the water cannon continued to be aimed directly at him and those participants who were trying to assist him and dragging him away for approximately 15 seconds. The police’s own internal guidelines specify that where an injury is sustained during the use of water cannon, immediate steps must be taken to provide relief to the injured person. No immediate help was offered to Mr. Baek by the authorities who arrived at the hospital over an hour later by which time he was in a critical condition.

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Karnataka, India: Workshop on agroecology at Amritabhoomi

b_350_0_16777215_00_images_2016-08-09_Abhoomi.jpgAmrita Bhoomi, La Via Campesina's agroecology school in Karnataka (India), is collaborating with farmer-trainers of Baduku Community college to provide an intensive workshop on agroecology to the youth in the region. 

The fifteen-day course, spread over a period of three months includes theoretical and pratical sessions.

The course, which began with an introspective and self-reflective session allowed the participants to analyse their own contexts and histories, enabling them to look deep within themselves.

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Urgent Appeal and Call for Action from Korea

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A month ago, the Korean government agreed with the US to place THAAD(Terminal High Altitude Air Defense) in a small and peaceful city of Seongju in South Korea, which will threaten peace in the world as well as South Korea and the North East Asia region, driving a new cold war.

This huge radar system, as a part of the US missile defense system(MD), designed to help the US hold hegemony in this region, will be only harmful to human health and the environment. A majority of the Korean people are absolutely opposed to this government's unilateral policy decision. 

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More Farmers, Better Food - A framework for British Agricultural Policy

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 August 1, 2016

The Landworkers' Alliance today announces eight key recommendations that will form the foundation of our post-Brexit representations to Defra and the Government's Environmental Audit Committee.

The task of creating a post-Brexit 'British Agricultural Policy' that support producers, protects the environment and prioritizes access to healthy, nutritious food for all is a complex but essential one. It represents a great opportunity if the government is ready to listen to the needs and desires of all stakeholders and put in place a truly long-term plan for resilience, equality and justice in food and farming.

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UAWC honors a group of farmers on the occasion of the international Farmers Day

b_350_0_16777215_00_images_2016-07-28-UAWC_Farmers_.jpg(Ramallah-July 2016) The Union of Agricultural Work Committees with its agricultural committees honored 16 farmers from the governorates of Hebron, Bethlehem, Nablus and Tubas, Qalqiliya, Tulkarem, Jericho and the Jordan Valley, and Jenin, on the occasion of the International Farmer Day, to express their appreciation of their efforts and their steadfastness on their lands in the face of the Israeli constant violations.

The UAWC's chief of board of directors, Ali Hassouna, stressed that honored farmers formed steadfast models since they are living in most conflict-affected areas, in addition to their permanent volunteering activities as members of the agricultural committees.

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