An Open Letter - Threats in Colombia: Serious Concern regarding lack of guarantees

To the President of Colombia

To the Governments of the European Union, the countries of Europe, and the United States

To Public Opinion

October 13th, 2015

Subject: Threats in Colombia: Serious Concern regarding lack of guarantees

The government of Juan Manuel Santos and the FARC guerrilla movement recently announced that they had reached an agreement on the topic of Justice, one of the subject under discussion in their ongoing talks in Havana. This is an important step, allowing us to look forward with optimism to the possible signature of an agreement that will bring to an end the armed conflict between the Colombian government and the FARC guerillas after more than 60 years of war, we believe that this is a possibility that must not be lost. Furthermore, we hope that talks, leading to an eventual agreement, will soon be started with the ELN guerrilla movement.

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Israeli Occupation Continues to violate Palestinian Farmers' Rights

b_350_0_16777215_00_images_Stop_Isreal_violations_2014.jpeg(Ramallah, September 2015) 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 Damages to the agricultural sector & Violence against farmers

More than 16 Israeli settler attacks on Palestinians and their property were recorded this month, including:

  • Israeli settler attacks on Palestinians caused damage to around 550 trees and a water cistern in Hebron
  • Israeli settler attacks resulting in damage to Palestinian property was recorded in Mazra’a Al Qibliya village in Ramallah and set fire on a quarry truck belonging to a Palestinian from the village.

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Via Campesina condemns the attacks against Brazilian Via Campesina and MST Leader, João Pedro Stedile

Via Campesina expresses its solidarity with João Pedro Stedile and with our Sisters and Brothers in the MST

b_350_0_16777215_00_images_2015-10-2_Stedile_and_LVC.jpg(Harare, October 1, 2015) Once again, we see that the Landless Workers Movement (MST), the largest peasant farmer movement in Brazil, a founding organisation and active member of the Via Campesina, is the target of a campaign by Brazilian and transnational capital  to deter its historic struggle for popular agrarian reform and authentic political reform - a struggle which runs counter to the interests of agribusiness and the multinationals.

Once again, our comrade João Pedro Stedile of the MST, has been the target of attacks on the part of the conservative oligarchy that has ties to financial capital.

On September 22nd, in the Pinto Martins Airport in Fortaleza, Ceará, a group of trouble-makers hurled curses and insults at João Pedro Stedile, as he arrived to take part in a conference and in other union activities related to the struggle for popular agrarian reform.

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Statement from MST National Direction on the aggression against Stedile

2015-09-25-Stedile.jpg(São Paulo, September 23, 2015) The National Direction of the Landless Workers Movement (MST) issues this statement to condemn the assault suffered by the member of the national coordination of MST, João Pedro Stédile, at the airport of the city of Fortaleza, Ceará, this Thursday evening.

For the MST this is not an isolated event, it reflects the current political situation that Brazil is going through, in which the hatred against the popular movements, immigrants and the poor black population is growing. This is reflected by the recent events in Rio de Janeiro, where the marginalized youth from favelas are being prevented, at risk of assault, from going to the beaches of the south part of the city.

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