No to evictions in Notre-Dame-des-Landes!

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Confédération Paysanne

(France, Bagnolet, January 21, 2016) With COP21 still in full swing, political and legal pressure increased on the peasants of Notre-Dame-des-Landes. Four individuals and 11 families who had rejected the expropriation of the farmland are now being sued by AGO-Vinci, the project contractor that cannot start work while these homes are inhabited. They have requested a penalty payment of 200 euros/day per file (there are up to five in some cases), the capture and sequestration of herds and an exception the French law banning residential evictions between 1 November and 31 March. The court hearing was held on Wednesday, 13 December. Deliberations will take place on 25 January - we will keep you informed of the result.

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Israeli occupation continues its violations and aggression against the Palestinian people

 December 2015 Report

b_350_0_16777215_00_images_Stop_Isreal_violations_2014.jpeg(Ramallah, January 2016) The Union of Agricultural Work Committees (UAWC) follows up intensely the Israeli violations against the Palestinian farmers to expose the brutality of the occupation to the local and international world.

West Bank

The last three months witnessed the most significant escalation in Israeli violent attacks and clashes across the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

The number of martyrs in the West Bank and Gaza Strip has reached to 144 Palestinian civilians, including 27 children, while more than 15,000 were wounded with live ammunition and rubber bullets, and suffocated by the teargas, and 2,663 were arrested including 480 children.

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Korean peasants and rally organisers demand action and apology for police heavy-handedness

Korean Peasants League, Korea Women Peasant Association, CCFM and other organizers of the rally demand action

b_350_0_16777215_00_images_2015-12-07-KPL_call_for_solidarity.jpg(Seoul, December 2015) On 14 November, police, without any legitimate reason, banned People’s Rally where about 130,000 demonstrators had gathered. They violated freedom of assembly by setting up the police bus wall in violation of the Constitution as stated in the ruling by the Supreme Court.

It was outrageous that police used high pressure water cannon mixing high levels of capsaicin targeting directly demonstrators’ faces at the Rally.

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Syngenta convicted in Brazil

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Justice finds company responsible for armed attack on encamped rural workers.

The court sentence, given by Judge Pedro Ivo Moreiro, of the 1st Civil Court of Cascavel, was published in the Paraná State Official Gazette this Tuesday (17). The sentence rules that the company shall pay compensation to Keno’s family and to Isabel for the moral and material damage it caused. The case was taken to court in 2010, as an attempt to get a response from the State regarding Syngenta being responsible for the attack perpetrated by private armed militia.

The sentence has been well received by social movements and human rights organizations, since making companies accountable for human rights violations is a challenge of global dimensions.  “Transnational companies currently have considerable freedom to operate on a transnational basis, but there are no national or international norms or mechanisms sufficient to oblige companies to respect human rights or to hold them accountable for cases of human rights violations. In this case, Syngenta having been found responsible is an exception to the rule”, explains Terra de Direitos’ lawyer, Fernando Prioste, who has been accompanying the case.

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