News from the regions

Bharatiya Kisan Union backs Tamil Nadu farmers protesting with human skulls in New Delhi

b_350_0_16777215_00_images_Protesting_farmers_placard.JPG27 March: On Monday, Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU), a member of La Via Campesina and led by its President Rakesh Tikait joined farmers from South Indian state of Tamil Nadu, who have been protesting in Jantar Mantar, New Delhi since last two weeks.

The farmers from Tamil Nadu, led by P Ayyakanu of South Indian River Interlinking Farmers’ Association had grabbed wide spread attention after they brought along with them what they allege are skulls of farmers who committed suicide due to farm distress.

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La Via Campesina is shocked to learn about the assassination of MST militant, Waldomiro Costa Pereira

2017-03-21 MST.jpgWaldomiro Costa Pereira, a historic militant of the Landless Workers Movement (MST) of Brazil, was killed on Monday 20 March by five strangers who invaded the hospital in the city of Paraupebas. Costa Pereira who was in the hospital of the city of Paraupebas, was recovering from an attack of which he was victim last Saturday.

"Last weekend Waldomiro was the victim of a gunshot wound on his property, in the municipality of Eldorado dos Carajás. He was sent to the General Hospital of Paraupebas, where he underwent a surgical procedure, but at dawn on Monday five men invaded the medical center, surrendered the guards and executed him, "official sources said.

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Interpretation-translation training held successfully in Nepal

Kathmandu: A two day skill development training on interpretation and translation organized by La via Campesina (LVC-international peasant movement) along with All Nepal Peasants Federation (ANPFa) in co-operation with Solidarity Interpretation group successfully held in Kathmandu. The program was attended by around 20 trainees volunteers who were part of the various CSOs and social movements especially working on the issue of peasantry and agriculture.

Crofters gather to discuss Brexit implications

2017-02-14 SCF Logo.jpegCROFTING'S PLACE in Europe will be the theme of the Scottish Crofting Federation 2017 Annual Gathering, being held on March 10 and 11 in Applecross, Wester Ross.

The event aims to set a crofting agenda for the upcoming Brexit negotiations and a post-Brexit agricultural policy that is fit for crofting.

“The importance of the topic is reflected in the attendance of two members of the Scottish Government's Cabinet,” said SCF chair Russell Smith.

“On Friday the Cabinet Secretary responsible for crofting, Fergus Ewing MSP, will officially open the gathering with an address placing crofting in the context of Scotland’s rural development.

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Condemnation of the murder of Suleiman Hammad, Palestinian farmer

961821595217-02-09_02-06-57.pngLa Vía Campesina strongly condemns the brutal and intentional murder of our comrade Suleiman Hammad, an 85-year-old Palestinian farmer who on February 8th, 2017 was run over by an Israeli settler, while walking to work on his land near Al-Khader Village, south of Bethlehem. 

We send our condolences and solidarity to his family and our sister organization, the Union of Agricultural Work Committees (UAWC) of Palestine. 

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Urgent Appeal: By Union of Agricultural Work Committees (UAWC), Palestine

7th February, 2017

6de9232e1786d6a55e06da4d3e697976.jpgDear Brothers and Sisters in La Via Campasina, 

Israel’s parliament passed a law to legalize West Bank settlement spots[1] built unlawfully on Palestinian land classified as area "C" according to Oslo agreement in 1993, which constitutes 62% from the West Bank's lands and under the Israeli full control.  

This law would allow the Israeli occupation to authorize thousands of Israeli settlements units, and 53 Israeli spots, as well as, to confiscate 8,000 dunums from privately owned Palestinian lands. Moreover, this law will open the space for further confiscations of the private Palestinian lands without any restrictions as long as the aim from these confiscations is more settlement expansion.

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Kathy Ozer: A Fighter for Family Farmers

2017-02-01 Kathy.jpgAlmost everyone in the country involved with family farmer issues knew Kathy Ozer. We also knew that she had been sick for a while and thought she was getting better. On January 22, the cancer – non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma – finally took her from us. She was 58 years old.

Reflecting upon this loss, however, we state emphatically that her legacy and contributions are immense. Her commitment to establish a better and healthy life in America’s rural communities, both socially and economically, will continue to resonate throughout the country and the world.

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