La Via Campesina Southern and Eastern Africa Solidarity Statement with the west and wild coastal communities in South Africa

b_350_0_16777215_00_images_2017-06-23-Coastline_photo.jpg(Morogoro, Tanzania: June 23, 2017) La Via Campesina is the international movement which brings together millions of peasants, small and medium-size farmers, landless people, women farmers, indigenous people, migrants and agricultural workers from around the world, including 17 African nations. It defends small-scale sustainable peasant agriculture as a way to promote social justice and dignity based on food sovereignty.

For too many years, we have witnessed with deep pain the systematic plunder and destruction of our precious natural resources and the oppression of our people. We know that our African elites in the public and private sectors have been for many years colluding in corruption with the evil transnational corporations which today represent the new face of imperialist neo-colonialism. We are appalled by this and demand an immediate end to immoral and irresponsible behaviour of many of our leaders.

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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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