- Published on Tuesday, 23 December 2014 14:20
Huber Ballesteros is one of the best known trade unionists and human rights activists in Colombia.
He is also one of those who have been the most threatened.
Huber was arrested on August 25th, 2013, and accused of "rebellion" and of "financing terrorism.
He has not yet been brought to trial. Huber is the vice-president of FENSUAGRO, one of the largest unions in
Colombia and one of the most persecuted by the government. In recent years, more than 1000 members of FENSUAGRO have been assassinated.
We believe that Huber has been targeted because of his activism, and we are demanding his unconditional release from detention, as well as the release of all the other political prisoners in Colombia.
Please take a moment to send a message of protest to the Colombian government.
- Published on Friday, 07 November 2014 13:21
We Appeal to International Community to Pressure Thai Military Junta to Immediately Stop Suppression of Social Activists and Return Sovereignty to Thai People
Assembly of the Poor is the nationwide network of grassroots people who are made poor by the negative impacts of the government’s policies in Thailand. From our struggles pressuring and demanding all Thai governments to solve the problems, we realize that democracy and human rights are the most important tools for us to protect our lives, our livelihood, our communities and our natural resources. Therefore, we continue to fight for democracy. We are aware that democratic system in Thailand was weak. But the absence of democracy is the most dreadful weakness.
- Published on Friday, 24 October 2014 16:43
On the 28th October 2014, nine militants of the Confederation Paysanne will be called in at Amiens court house. Their crime? Painting a giant graffiti and stripping down a few construction vehicles and a milking parlour on site. Yet this is not the most serious. They are brought in front of the judges because they targeted the “1000 cows” future milking factory; because they refused the industrialization of agriculture; because they chose action over the resignation to disappear. The number of small farmers is in free fall. While enabling in a first place the improvement of their working conditions, modernization has led to the industrialization of agriculture, which is progressively destroying the sector.
The selection of seeds on site, at the farm, is not an option anymore. The actors of the industrial companies dictate their rules and impose their GMOs.
- Published on Thursday, 11 September 2014 14:18
Masked men shot and killed Honduran campesino movement leader Margarita Murillo the night of Aug. 26 on land she farmed in the community of El Planón, Villanueva municipality, in the northern department of Cortés. Murillo reportedly began working for campesino rights at the age of 12. During the 1980s she was a founder of the Campesino National Unity Front (FENACAMH) and the General Confederation of Rural Workers (CNTC).
After the military removed then-president José Manuel Zelaya Rosales (2006-2009) from office in June 2009, she was both a local and a national leader in the broad coalition resisting the coup, the National Popular Resistance Front (FNRP), and then in the center-left party that grew out of it, the Freedom and Refoundation Party (LIBRE). The National Congress observed a moment of silence after reports of Murillo's death were confirmed.
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