Police firing and Criminalisation: Indian Farmers’ Organisations threaten to widen their strike

2017-06-09 BKU.JPGIn a statement released last night, one of northern India’s largest farmers’ unions – Bharatiya Kisan Union – has condemned the criminalisation of protesting farmers in Mandaur district of Madhya Pradesh. One of the unions local leader, Anil Yadav has also been arrested by the police and BKU has called the action unwarranted and in violation of their rights to protest.

According to the release, Anil Yadav was picked up from his home and false cases were slapped on him before being sent to jail.

At a meeting of the leadership held at Mahipalpur in Delhi, the Union has shot off a strongly worded letter to the Prime Minister, urging him to implement the Swaminathan Commission’s recommendations that called for higher support price for agricultural produce. Despite the promises, the Government has been dragging its feet on its implementation, the leaders allege.

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Farmers’ organisations across India, condemn the police firing that killed at least five farmers in Madhya Pradesh

Statement of Condemnation issued by the All India Coordination Committee of Farmers Movement (AICCFM)

2017-06-07 Mandsaur resize.jpgOn Tuesday, June 6, agitating farmers in Mandsaur district in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, who had been demanding loan waivers and better support price for their produce, were shot at by the police. According to latest available media reports, at least five of them have been killed in the firing.

The All India Coordination Committee of Farmers Movement (AICCFM) strongly condemns this heinous attack on our sisters and brothers and demand urgent action against all officials who are responsible for this murderous act. We also demand that the State Government take moral responsibility and resign immediately.

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One step closer towards a UN Declaration on the rights of peasants

b_350_0_16777215_00_images_2017-05-25_PR_Geneva.jpgPress release Geneva, May 22, 2017 

“This process has made our movement stronger than ever. After sixteen years of effort and dedication, throughout the world, our communities’ expectations of this Declaration keep rising, expecting our demands to be recognized in the intergovernmental negotiations."

– Henry Saragih (Via Campesina), in the closing session of the working group 

All last week,  around 70  delegates coming from all continents of La Via Campesina,  fisher-folk, pastoralists, rural workers, indigenous peoples, with other social movements and non-governmental organisations, engaged in discussions with State and UN representatives to negotiate a UN declaration on the rights of peasants and other people working in rural areas.  The recommendations and conclusions presented  by the chair-rapporteur, Mrs. Nardi Suxo, ambassador of Bolivia, at the end of this 4th  Session of discussions in the UN,  emphasized the advance of the negotiations and  the need to finalise the draft in a forthcoming 5th Session of this Open-ended Intergovernmental Working Group (OEIWG). 

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The time is ripe for the recognition and protection of peasants' rights

2017-05-23 P Rights Statement.jpegJoint Statement from La Via Campesina and other social movements and civil society organisations for the conclusion of  the 4th OEIWG session on a UN declaration on the rights of peasants and other people working in rural areas

To the fourth session of the open-ended intergovernmental working group (OEIWG) on a United Nations declaration on the rights of peasants and other people working in rural areas 

Geneva, Palais des Nations, Room XX 

15-19 May 2017 

We peasants, indigenous peoples, pastoralists, fisher folk and rural workers, including rural women from around the globe, from La Via Campesina, IUF, WFFP, WAMIP, FIMARC, IITC along with CETIM, FIAN International and other organizations, represent all together billions of rural people. We have been constructively engaging this process of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Peasants and Other People Working in Rural Areas, from the fields of pasture, our workplaces around the world and here in Geneva for many years. We strongly welcome the level of constructive support from cross-regions, from Latin America, Africa, Asia, Europe. We especially welcome the warm and effective leadership of the Chair-rapporteur. It is worth taking note that delegates of UN member states have extended their very strong contribution to the process. 

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