In its 54th session, an overwhelming majority of member states of the United Nations Human Rights Council took a historic step by voting in favor of a resolution aimed at further implementing the UN Declaration on the Rights of Peasants and Other People Working in Rural Areas (UNDROP).
OCHA reports that the assaults have disrupted the UNRWA food operation, impacting at least 112,759 families. The poultry and livestock sectors are on the brink of collapse due to the severe shortage of fodder, endangering the livelihoods of more than 1,000 herders and affecting over 10,000 producers.
Land grabbing across Sri Lanka has exploded — villagers are evicted from their homes and land, as farms and forests are taken for tea, rubber, palm oil and banana plantations, and the development of tourist infrastructure such as all-inclusive hotels for mass tourism, all of which comes with huge environmental impacts.
On October 2, 2023, during the United Nations Security Council meeting in New York, the United States and Ecuador succeeded in passing a resolution authorizing the deployment of a multinational force in Haiti. The Haitian people have had enough of so-called humanitarian interventions.
In Brazil, the Parliamentary Inquiry Commission against the Landless Rural Workers Movement (MST) has concluded its work and did not bring forward any real problems.
The Confédération Paysanne welcomes the decision of the Administrative Court of Poitiers, which ruled on two appeals and canceled the project to create 15 mega-basins: nine planned in the Aume-Couture basin and six in the Pallu sub-basin .
Mayotte is experiencing a severe water crisis as water sources run dry and the distribution network in a poor state requiring urgent attention. Rains to replenish the sources not expected until November. Water cuts are common.
On the 2nd of October 2023, the UN Security Council, approved the deployment of an international security force to supposedly fight gang violence and restore security.
Peasants and other people working in the rural areas are affected the most by the current multiple global crises. La Via Campesina has appealed to the UN Human Rights Council to strengthen the promotion and protection of peasants’ rights, and make recommendations to address their violations through the creation of a UN Special Procedure on UNDROP. The Bolivia mission in Geneva will present the resolution on this during the 54th UN HRC Session for voting.
La Via Campesina has over 200 million members in more than 80 countries. There are three levels within La Via Campesina. The member organizations, which include unions, cooperatives, or associations, form the first level. Then, all these organizations are grouped by region, with nine regions in La Via Campesina. These nine regions together constitute La Via Campesina. Every four years, a conference is organized to decide the working priorities for the next four years. The next conference will be held in Colombia in December. We expect 500 delegates from all over the world.