Rights violation documentation important evidence for our struggle

b_350_0_16777215_00_images_FB8.JPG(Cape Town, April 27) La Via Campesina Southern and Eastern Africa (LVC SEAf) members and allies from African, Asian and European countries met in South Africa (April 18-21) to discuss the draft UN Declaration on the Rights of the Peasants and other people working in the rural areas and make recommendations.

The member organisations gave their input to the articulation of peasants’ and rural peoples’ rights, with a particular look at land, seeds, agricultural practice, gender, biological diversity, agricultural workers and migrants.  

The second day of the 3-day long consultation, focused on the importance of documenting peasant right violations with emphasis on why and how to do so effectively. Documentation is instrumental in pushing the adoption of the declaration. Creative ways of documentation are needed as it is becoming increasingly difficult and even dangerous in some parts of the world to do so.

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We, the people, are right holders that shall hold the states accountable

b_350_0_16777215_00_images_LVC_SEAf_18-04-17.jpg(Cape Town, April 18, 2017) Today, La Via Campesina Southern and Eastern Africa (LVC SEAf) began the first of a 3-day long consultations on peasant rights UN declaration. Delegates from African, Asian and European countries discussed the building of capacities to understand the UN process and to collectively prepare a report on violations peasant rights.

In his opening remarks, the convener of the Food Sovereignty Campaign Ruben Fortuin said they hope the meeting will contribute to greater awareness of and strengthen, protect and enhance the rights peasants and other people working in rural areas within the region.

According to Veronica Sophu Chairperson MVIWATA (Tanzania network of small scale farmers groups) and LVC SEAf region coordination commission member, “We hope to not only strengthen the lobby and advocacy thinking and efforts to make sure the Declaration is adopted. We also hope to start developing strategic actions to ensure its implementation.”  

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La Via Campesina Southern and Eastern Africa to consult on rights of peasants and other peoples working in rural areas

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(Cape Town, April 14, 2017) Next week starting on the 18th to the 20th of April La Via Campesina Southern and Eastern Africa (LVC SEAf) will hold consultations in Malmesburry, South Africa on the UN Declaration on peasant’s rights and other peoples working in rural areas[1], with the collaboration of CETIM and FIAN. Over 60 delegates, including LVC SEAf delegates (from Zimbabwe, South Africa, Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda, Tanzania and Mozambique), international delegates from South America, Asia, Europe and West and Central Africa actively involved in the negotiation process at UN Human Rights, and local partners and allies will take part in the discussions. Government officials from South Africa and the region have also been invited. The consultation aims to:

  • input to the UN draft declaration on the rights of peasants and other people working in rural areas, particularly articles on (i) right to land and territory; (ii) right to seeds and traditional agricultural knowledge and practice; (iii) right to biological diversity; and (iv) state obligation (v) agricultural workers and migrants (vi) income/trade/food sovereignty

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Without peasants, there is no food. Let’s grow their rights!

2017-04-12 PRights Petition.jpgA large coalition for Peasants’ Rights (leaded by HOTL partners and Nyéléni Europe) has launched an online petition “Strengthen the Human Rights of Peasants”! This petition asks the EU and its Member States to actively participate in good faith in the elaboration of the “UN Declaration on the Rights of Peasants and other People Working in Rural Areas”. The aim of the petition is to generate citizen support/pressure for a change in the EUs attitude towards the Peasant Rights process at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. 

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