In a distressing turn of events, Haiti is grappling with a deteriorating security situation, prompting peasant movements affiliated with La Via Campesina to issue a fervent call for robust international solidarity. They raise their collective voice at the 8th International Conference of La Via Campesina, in Bogotá, Colombia.
As delegates converge in Bogotá, the capital city of Colombia, to partake in the 8th International Conference of La Via Campesina, leaders of the international peasant movement who have already arrived in the city participated in the Bogotá march, commemorating the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian people. Summoned by Colombian labor movements, the march was attended by nearly two thousand people.
Gaza faces an imminent risk of starvation under a complete blockade imposed by the Israeli army. The silence of the CFS Plenary on the situation is shameful. Measures taken so far are not only modest but insufficient to move towards effective and operational proposals to address the food situation.
In response to the genocidal war being waged on the people of Palestine, La Via Campesina reiterates its support for the BDS campaign. The peasant movement offers its steadfast solidarity with the peasants, fisherfolk and working families of Palestine, many of whom dedicate themselves daily to the realization of Peasants Rights and Food Sovereignty.
In response to the unprecedented and genocidal war being waged on the people of Palestine, La Via Campesina joins the growing call to boycott COP28. We stand united in our global demand that all people and governments act now to end Israel’s genocidal war on Palestinians.
Israel is waging a genocidal war on Palestinians. It is urgent that third states take immediate action by organising an International Conference of Governments to stop this crime against humanity and bring immediate relief to Palestinians. This conference is also a critical step to ending the illegal Israeli occupation of Palestine.
Union of Agricultural Work Committees is spearheading an international campaign to provide aid to Gaza and the West Bank. The aid will support thousands of affected Palestinian families by providing food, water, and life essentials to bolster their resilience against the crimes of the Israeli occupation seeking to displace them.
More than 145 organisations and more than 2,750 individuals from around the world have signed the petition launched by La Via Campesina on 21 October 2023 regarding the relentless attack on the Palestinian people. If you agree with these demands, we urge you to send an email to the UN Secretary General.
La Via Campesina stands in solidarity with the Kenyan Peasants League in their legal struggle to continue the ban on GMOs in Kenya. In October 2022 the Kenyan Government lifted the ban on importation and cultivation of GMOs that had been in place for ten years.
The CSIPM reaffirms the call for peace and respect for international law in its closing statement at #CFS51. The right to food must be realized everywhere, for everyone. The CFS cannot stop the war, but can strive to realize the right to food for all.