Human Rights

Murdering and bombing of Syrian citizens has to cease immediately – a political solution with the Syrian people has to be found

b_350_0_16777215_00_images_2014_Logo.jpgLa Via Campesina Statement on Syria Situation

(Harare, December 8, 2016) The war in Syria goes on, never ending bombardments directly aimed at the civilian population, destroying any social infrastructure including hospitals, food markets and food production. At the moment the regime is on its way to destroy totally East-Aleppo and other cities and regions will follow. Despite the incredible aggression of the Syrian government together with supporting governments and loyal paramilitary groups against the Syrian people, a strong resistance fighting for a political and democratic alternative exists. Syrian peasant and citizens keep on defending themselves, fighting for a self-determined future and demand a political solution of the conflict.

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NFU expresses solidarity with Indigenous land protectors at Standing Rock

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(Saskatoon, SK, November 30, 2016) – The 47th Annual National Convention of the National Farmers Union (NFU) resolved to denounce the repression of peaceful protesters, including Indigenous land protectors, and expressed its support for the rights of people to engage in acts of civil disobedience in defence of the preservation of water, air, land and wildlife for future generations.

"With this statement, the NFU joins the many thousands of grassroots groups, unions, and Indigenous communities around the world in solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe as they defend the land and water on their traditional territories," said Katie Ward, NFU Women's Vice President. "As family farmers, we are also people of the land who, like the Indigenous water protectors in North Dakota, want our children and their children after them to be able to cultivate healthy soils, drink clean water and live in a just society."

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FWAF Delegation Returns to U.S. Just Days Before Raid on School in Brazil

Statement by  Farmworker Association of Florida (FWAF) in Solidarity with the MST in Brazil:

b_350_0_16777215_00_images_2016-11-10-MST_Raid.jpg"We strongly condemn the police and military action at the National School Florestan Fernandes in Guararema, Brazil. Regardless of the motives used by the agents, the invasion violated basic democratic principles, and risked the well-being of students, professors, staff, and their families housed and studying at the institution. We demand an end to these acts of intimidation and violence, and that the Brazilian government respect the work that the MST and all the other organizations do at the school." 

What happened? (Watch video of Brazilian Police Storm MST School)

Just days after four members of a U.S. delegation to Guararema, Sao Paulo, Brazil returned safely to the U.S., there was a civil and military attack on the Escola Nacional Florestan Fernandes (ENFF), where the members of the delegation had been staying and meeting.  The raid of the school was carried out without a warrant and without provocation.  Several people were detained as police and soldiers climbed over the reception gate at the school, waved their weapons and fired rounds of live ammunition.

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Solidarity message ECVC: police invades MST school

Press Release - European Coordnation of Via Campesina

ecvc-ceo.jpg(Brussels, 7 Nov 2016)The European Coordination Via Campesina vehemently repudiates the action of repression carried out by the Brazilian police against activists of the Landless Rural Workers Movement (MST) on Friday (4/11) in the Florestan Fernandes National School in Guararema (SP), Brazil.

These acts are the latest in a series of authoritarian and repressive measures that have targeted the MST in recent months, like the murders of two of its members by police seven months ago in the state of Paraná. These actions leave no doubt on the dictatorial and criminalization policies carried out against social movements in the country today.

The National School Florestan Fernandes is an important training space for Brazilian and foreign activists. The way the police raid was executed is intolerable and without legal basis.

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Brazil: MST asks for more Land Reform and for a stop in the criminalization of the Movement

b_350_0_16777215_00_images_MST_Nov_2016.jpg(November 7, 2016) MST Denounces an “escalation in the repression of the struggle for land, dominated by the interests of agribussines allied to the violence of a State of Exception”.

On Friday, November 4th, MST was on the criminalization spotlight. A violent action by the police, codename “Castra”, spanned three States, Paraná, São Paulo and Mato Grosso do Sul. The main target of the operation was to arrest and criminalize leaders from two camps held by militants in Central Paraná State. The camps are named “Dom Tomás Balduíno” and “Herdeiros da Luta pela Terra” (Land Struggle Heirs).

On a note, MST denounces a “surge in the repression of the struggle for land, dominated by the interests of agribussines allied to the violence of a State of Exception”.

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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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