We call on the French Government to cease its violations of human rights, and in particular of the rights recognised in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Peasants and Other Rural Workers (UNDROP).
As a peasant-farmers’ union, we oppose mega-reservoirs that divert water for the benefit of a few, perpetuating an unfair distribution of water within the agricultural sector.
“We cannot accept the threats to dissolve the Soulèvements de la Terre movement. In view of the above, we urge the French authorities to honour their international human rights commitments, as recalled by the UN experts.”
Elsewhere, in line with capitalist injunctions to “decarbonise” economies, water-intensive mining and the construction of large dams are accelerating, destroying territories still populated by peasant and Indigenous communities. In 2020, water was even listed on the stock exchange in the US.
More than 300 peasant, indigenous, environmentalist, feminist and trade union organisations from all over the world invite to support the struggle against megabasins and the struggles for water as commons.
La Via Campesina calls for international solidarity for the french social movement, against police violence and the authoritarian drift of the French government. We call for international mediation to restore social dialogue.
For the past six years, the struggle against mega-basins has brought together environmentalist, trade union and peasant organizations, such as La Confédération Paysanne, in mobilizations alongside hundreds of activists for a fair distribution of this vital commons.
La Via Campesina, along with Korean peasants, laborers, rural workers, and other social movements, demands the immediate release of Ko Chang-geon and strongly rejects the repression of peasant movement leaders.
In light of the massive human rights violations and the worrying political and social crisis in Peru, our organisations have filed a complaint with various UN human rights mechanisms.
(January 17, 2023) The Latin American Coordination of Rural Organizations CLOC – Via Campesina, expresses… Read more →