Human Rights

La Via Campesina Europe in solidarity with Colombian farmers

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Brussels, 5th October 2016

The Peace Process continues: La Via Campesina Europe in solidarity with Colombian farmers

Veronique Léon, European farmer and former national secretary of the Confédération Paysanne in France, participated in the international solidarity mission to Colombia from the 19th to the 24th of September. Their aim was to support the movement of farmers who are demanding that the peace agreements, made with the national government following the mobilisation of the past years, are respected. This goal is not put into question by the victory of the “no” vote in this weekend’s referendum on the peace agreements signed by FARC-EP and the government of Juan Manuel Santos.

The central issue concerns the right to land, and to territory of the farmers of Colombia, an issue which is dealt with in the first part of the peace agreement which was signed by the Colombian government and FARC-EP. The mission observed the interference of and impact on multinationals, as well as the processes of restitution and reforestation.

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International Mission of Solidarity with Colombia

The International Mission of Solidarity with Colombia: Assessment of land and human rights situation

b_350_0_16777215_00_images_2016-019-15-Mision_Colombia_Portada.jpgBogotá, 14th September 2016

The international Mission of Solidarity with Colombia will take place between the 20th and 24th of September, organized by La Vía Campesina International and CLOC (La Coordinadora Latinoamérica de Organizaciones del Campo). The intention of the event is as follows:

  • To support the peasant movement in demanding the fulfillment of the agreements reached with the Colombian government.
  • To show solidarity regarding the violations of human rights.

Special attention will be directed to the monitoring of the enforcement of the Voluntary Guidelines of Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests, given the commitment of the Colombian government to implement them.

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"We shall not rest until we’ve freed all our political prisoners", affirms Via Campesina

b_350_0_16777215_00_images_2016-08-30_Brazil_Meeting.JPGMeeting in Brasil

Between 18th and 20th August, La Via Campesina held a Conference on Human Rights at the Florestan Fernandes National School (Guararema, São Paulo) in which people’s lawyers, rural movements and organisations discussed the criminalisation of the worldwide struggle borne by social movements. They brought forth a multitude of proposals aimed at strengthening, expanding and substantiating LVC’s Collective of Human Rights.

In an interview for the MST website, Leandro Scalabrin – a people’s lawyer for the Movement of Peoples Affected by Dams (MAB) – shared some of these proposals and stressed the vitality of implementing these in the prevailing circumstances.

“The meeting went well, we came out feeling very motivated and the Collective strengthened and broadened. We managed to delve into the subject of our International Campaigns in order to implement them in every country and we identified the common challenges posed by the criminalisation of social struggle worldwide. This work will be multiplied across all continents and we’ll build a safety net for human rights advocates. We shall not rest until we’ve freed all our political prisoners.”

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UAWC condemns the Israeli decision to close and demolish school in Khan Al- Ahmar

The Union of Agricultural Work Committee (UAWC) condemns the Israeli crimes against our people in Khan Al-Ahmar, Bedouin community in East Jerusalem, who have been continually attacked by the Israeli army and settlers in an attempt to squeeze them out of existence. Specifically, we condemn the latest Israeli decision to demolish the children’s school, which accommodates 190 students from five Bedouin communities in the region. The demolition decision further exacerbates the hardships and suffering of the community.

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Urgent Appeal and Call for Action from Korea


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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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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Cloc-Via Campesina Honduras statement on assassination of Lesbia Yaneth Urquía

2016-07-18-Lesbia.jpgStatement from the Cloc-Via Campesina Honduras in response to the assassination of Lesbia Yaneth Urquía, member of COPINH

(Tegucigalpa, June 7th, 2016) It is with great sadness that the Cloc-Via Campesina Honduras informs the national and international community of the assassination of our sister and comrade Lesbia Yaneth Urquía of the municipality of Marcala, La Paz, who was 49 years old, a member of COPINH, and the mother of two daughters and a son.

The Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous Organisations of Honduras (COPINH) has published the following statement:

Lesbia Yaneth was an outstanding community leader whose ties to COPINH date from the time of the protests against the 2009 coup d’état. She was active in the defence of natural resources and indigenous rights, in opposition to the construction of the hydro-electric dam Aurora I in the municipality of San José, La Paz – a project to which Gladys Aurora López, the president of the National Party (Partido Nacional) and vice-president of the National Congress, is directly linked.

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