Rural Land Activists under attack in Brazil

b_350_0_16777215_00_images_2017-13-06_Masacre_Par.jpgDue to Brazil's parliamentary and corporate coup d'état, which took place in August 2016 with the illegitimate ousting of former President Dilma Rousseff, Brazilian society has faced relentless attempts by conservative politicians seeking to undermine important social welfare protections in the area of labor rights and social security.

As a result of the recent Brazil's economic crisis, many fear that the legislative policies being promoted by the neo-liberal government of Michel Temer will have particularly devastating impacts on the livelihood of Brazil's rural population, which in recent months have also been the victims of violent attacks, aggression and assassinations.

In the recent months, there has been a sharp increase in violent repression throughout the country targeting rural agricultural workers, indigenous populations and traditional Afro-Brazilian communities.

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A statement issued by Union of Agricultural Work Committees on Palestinian prisoners and the re-arrest of Abdulrazeq Farraj

b_350_0_16777215_00_images_2017-05-29-Uawc_administrator.jpgWhile hundreds of Palestinian prisoners are continuing their open hunger strike to demand their most basic human rights, those prisoners who are fighting for their freedom and dignity and for the dignity and freedom of all oppressed people in the world, the Israeli occupation government continues its repressive policies against the Palestinian prisoners and people; the latest violation was the re-arrest of Abdulrazeq Farraj, journalist and UAWC's administrative director from his house, at the midnight, in front his family. UAWC calls all free and lovers of freedom and justice in the world to stand in solidarity with our colleague Abdulrazeq Farraj and all the prisoners on their hunger strike. 

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Brazil: New massacre in Pará-Brazil exposes fragility of the State in solving land conflicts

According to CPT, in 2016 it were registered 61 murders in conflicts, the highest number since the beginning of the monitoring by the entity.

b_350_0_16777215_00_images_Masacre_Par_26-05-17.jpg(25th of May, 2017) Ten squatterers – one woman and nine men – were murdered in the morning of the last Wednesday (24), in the camp Nova Vida, located in the farm Santa Lúcia, city of Pau D’Arco, in Pará (Amazon Region, in Brazil). The massacre started occupying the newscast following the circulation of victims corps images that, according to local media, were taken by policemen to the Rendenção City Hospital morgue and, after that, transferred to the Legal Medical Institute of Marabá and Parauapebas. 

According to informations by the Comissão Pastoral da Terra (CPT), the workers, who did not have their identity revealed, were dead during the performance of a possession reintegration issued by the Redenção Agrarian Court judge, Erichson Alves, who, in disagreement to the National Agrarian Ombudsman Code, set the action to be accomplished by military and civilian police. In such situations the Justice Court directions orient the action may be taken by the Battalion of Military Police specialized in conflicts resolution.

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CLOC-LVC in solidarity with the hunger strike of Palestinian prisoners!

Declaration of Solidarity with Palestine – Second Continental Assembly CLOC/LVC

b_350_0_16777215_00_images_Palestina_Solidarity.jpg(Colombia, May 4, 2017) From the organizations of the Coordinadora Latinoamerica de Organizaciones del Campo (CLOC-La Vía Campesina), we express our solidarity with the Palestinian men and women prisoners who are in the third week of their courageous and dignified hunger strike within Israeli prisons. 

The Palestinian people have resisted over 100 years of colonialism and over 50 years of occupation. This continuing occupation has denied land access rights to Palestinian women and men, as Israeli occupation forces have promoted the progressive dispossession of Palestinian peasants, burned their crops and restricted their ability to use roads to transport food and farm inputs.

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