- Published on Monday, 18 July 2016 18:23
Peasants from the Korean Women Peasant Association are taking out a nation-wide campaign, in the form of a protest tour, to seek justice for Farmer Baek Namgi who has been lying in a state of coma since November 2015, after being hit by police water cannons.
The peasants would also seek for the establishment of a department with experts who could help formulate policies for the women peasants and also seeking progressive amendments to the Women Farmers and Fisher Women legislation.
- Published on Monday, 18 July 2016 15:13
Statement 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.
- Published on Friday, 15 July 2016 19:57
From the 15th Garden
The war in Syria has become one of the biggest wars in recent history. More people than ever since World War II have been displaced. The number of people killed to date is estimated to be around half a million; those displaced around 12 million, those facing starvation in what have been named as “hunger sieges” are around 1 million (53 cities and communities, 50 of these by the Syrian regime), and at least 100 000 prisoners have disappeared in the regime’s prisons. *1
Actions that constitute war crimes are conducted on a daily basis: hospitals, schools, and live-sustaining places like bakeries or vegetable markets have been deliberately and casually targeted by air forces in Syria now. These targeted bombings are systematic campaigns against civilians: sometimes more than three hospitals have been bombed within one day, often with the use of so called “double taps”, bombing the place, waiting for the rescue responders and then bombing it a second time, often killing those who came for the rescue mission. *2
- Published on Friday, 15 July 2016 13:25
Brussels, 14 July 2016
In light of the upcoming European Agriculture and Fisheries Council meeting this July 18 in Brussels, the European Coordination Via Campesina, which represents thousands of family farmers in Europe, urges the Council to introduce mandatory measures to reduce milk production in order to protect dairy farmers throughout Europe.
The recent meetings in Brussels between actors of the dairy sector leave no doubt about the current situation. The sector is caught in a series of crises and the view that only the control of production will solve the problem is now unanimous. The non regulated market, subject to speculation, is wiping out producers; it is therefore necessary to act on the market. The support offered by the CAP - or the funds released in parallel to support producers, as has been proposed by representatives of some Member States- are not and will never be sufficient.