Brazil: MST asks for more Land Reform and for a stop in the criminalization of the Movement

b_350_0_16777215_00_images_MST_Nov_2016.jpg(November 7, 2016) MST Denounces an “escalation in the repression of the struggle for land, dominated by the interests of agribussines allied to the violence of a State of Exception”.

On Friday, November 4th, MST was on the criminalization spotlight. A violent action by the police, codename “Castra”, spanned three States, Paraná, São Paulo and Mato Grosso do Sul. The main target of the operation was to arrest and criminalize leaders from two camps held by militants in Central Paraná State. The camps are named “Dom Tomás Balduíno” and “Herdeiros da Luta pela Terra” (Land Struggle Heirs).

On a note, MST denounces a “surge in the repression of the struggle for land, dominated by the interests of agribussines allied to the violence of a State of Exception”.

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La Via Campesina Europe in solidarity with Colombian farmers

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Brussels, 5th October 2016

The Peace Process continues: La Via Campesina Europe in solidarity with Colombian farmers

Veronique Léon, European farmer and former national secretary of the Confédération Paysanne in France, participated in the international solidarity mission to Colombia from the 19th to the 24th of September. Their aim was to support the movement of farmers who are demanding that the peace agreements, made with the national government following the mobilisation of the past years, are respected. This goal is not put into question by the victory of the “no” vote in this weekend’s referendum on the peace agreements signed by FARC-EP and the government of Juan Manuel Santos.

The central issue concerns the right to land, and to territory of the farmers of Colombia, an issue which is dealt with in the first part of the peace agreement which was signed by the Colombian government and FARC-EP. The mission observed the interference of and impact on multinationals, as well as the processes of restitution and reforestation.

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International Mission of Solidarity with Colombia

The International Mission of Solidarity with Colombia: Assessment of land and human rights situation

b_350_0_16777215_00_images_2016-019-15-Mision_Colombia_Portada.jpgBogotá, 14th September 2016

The international Mission of Solidarity with Colombia will take place between the 20th and 24th of September, organized by La Vía Campesina International and CLOC (La Coordinadora Latinoamérica de Organizaciones del Campo). The intention of the event is as follows:

  • To support the peasant movement in demanding the fulfillment of the agreements reached with the Colombian government.
  • To show solidarity regarding the violations of human rights.

Special attention will be directed to the monitoring of the enforcement of the Voluntary Guidelines of Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests, given the commitment of the Colombian government to implement them.

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"We shall not rest until we’ve freed all our political prisoners", affirms Via Campesina

b_350_0_16777215_00_images_2016-08-30_Brazil_Meeting.JPGMeeting in Brasil

Between 18th and 20th August, La Via Campesina held a Conference on Human Rights at the Florestan Fernandes National School (Guararema, São Paulo) in which people’s lawyers, rural movements and organisations discussed the criminalisation of the worldwide struggle borne by social movements. They brought forth a multitude of proposals aimed at strengthening, expanding and substantiating LVC’s Collective of Human Rights.

In an interview for the MST website, Leandro Scalabrin – a people’s lawyer for the Movement of Peoples Affected by Dams (MAB) – shared some of these proposals and stressed the vitality of implementing these in the prevailing circumstances.

“The meeting went well, we came out feeling very motivated and the Collective strengthened and broadened. We managed to delve into the subject of our International Campaigns in order to implement them in every country and we identified the common challenges posed by the criminalisation of social struggle worldwide. This work will be multiplied across all continents and we’ll build a safety net for human rights advocates. We shall not rest until we’ve freed all our political prisoners.”

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