Human Rights

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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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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Appeal to the world's free people: UAWC condemns the killing of Berta Cáceres

Afiche Berta EN - copia.png15 June 2016: The Union of Agricultural Work Committees (UAWC) has received the alarming news of the murdering of Berta Cáceres, the General Coordinator of the Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras (COPINH), who lost her life for the sake of the right of Honduran peoples to their full sovereignty over their own lands; she lost her life while she was struggling against transnational companies and the detrimental effects of their land acquisitions and dam building projects. We have also known that Cáceres is not alone, the politically killings and death threats have increased against all human right defender in Honduras and all over the world!

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Solidarity Campaign with Honduras

Berta Cáceres

A wake-up call to the world; there is no more time left!

Afiche Berta EN - copia.pngIn the early morning of March 3rd, 2016, our sister in struggle Berta Cáceres, the General Coordinator of the Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous Organisations of Honduras (COPINH), was assassinated. 

On numerous occasions, Berta Cáceres had expressed her opposition to the present government’s disastrous policies regarding natural resource concessions. She had also spoken out against the actions of transnational companies and the detrimental effects of their land acquisitions and dam building projects on the natural resources of the  indigenous peoples.

In response to her struggle against these foreign companies and their destruction of natural resources, the Honduran government itself subjected Berta Cáceres to punitive measures,

Nevertheless, when she was awarded the prestigious Goldman Environmenal Prize for her defence of her country’s natural resources, the whole world recognised Berta Cáceres’ courage as a human rights defender. See the video here.

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UAWC Statement on World Environment Day

UAWC logo 2014.jpegA statement issued by the Union of Agricultural Work Committees On the occasion of World Environment Day and the anniversary of the 1967 occupation

(Ramallah, June 5, 2016) - Coinciding with the 49th anniversary of the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip, Sinai, and the Golan Heights, the World today reviving the World Environment Day; World Environment Day was first established to be celebrated every year by running some effective campaigns by the United Nations General Assembly and United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in the conference on Human Environment in Swedish capital Stockholm in 1972.

The World Environment Day works as true inspiration for many countries, institutions and individuals around the world to start true activities to prevent the escalation of damage to the natural systems. In essence, the United Nations used to revive the World Environment Day under a slogan that works as a central theme of all conferences, seminars and workshops that concerned about creating a suitable world for the Human.

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MST-Goiás statement on the policy of harassment against fighters for agrarian reform

b_350_0_16777215_00_images_2016-04-12-LOGO_MST_OFICIAL.jpg(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.

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