Declaration of the 3rd International Youth Assembly of the Via Campesina

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(June 8 and 9, 2013 - Jakarta, Indonesia ) We are young peasants, members of the Via Campesina, people with different cultures and languages from over seventy countries in five continents, who are in Jakarta, Indonesia, to celebrate the 3rd International Youth Assembly and the 20th anniversary of the Via Campesina.

As young peasants, we are the present and the future of sustainable agriculture, which can sustain the world and cool Mother Earth. Having analysed and reflected generally on the global political and economic situation, we would like to express our deep concern about the current development crisis, which is causing many impoverished and marginalised communities to be expropriated of the territory, land, water and forest goods on which they depend for their livelihood. There has been an increase in the number of forced displacements and evictions of young peasants, and an increase in hunger and poverty.

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Women of Via Campesina International Manifesto

IV Women's Assembly - Jakarta, June 2013

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We are peasant women of the world that in the course of these 20 years of Via Campesina have worked tenaciously to build a universal, broadly based democratic, politically and socially engaged movement in the defense of peasant agriculture, food sovereignty and the struggle for the land,  territories justice, equality and the dignity of  peasant women and men.

We are women  from  various continents and cultures, with common histories and struggles for life, our emancipation and that of our peoples, coupled with the ethical and political imperative  of protecting the right to food, defending  peasant agriculture,  biodiversity, our natural resources and the struggling to end violence in every form, sharpened before this capitalist and patriarchal economical system.

“Via Campesina is a movement that recognizes the full equality and value of both men and women”

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The Jakarta Call

Call of the VI Conference of La Via Campesina – Egidio Brunetto (June 9-13, 2013)

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(Jakarta, June 12, 2013) We, La Vía Campesina, call rural and urban organizations and social movements to transform and build a new society based on food sovereignty and justice. We gather here strengthened by the spirit of our friends and leaders and all those whose courage and commitment to our struggle inspires us. La Via Campesina, an international peasant movement gathers more than 200 million peasants, small-scale producers, landless, women, youth, indigenous, migrants, and farm and food workers, from 183 organizations and 88 countries. We are in here in Asia home to the majority of the world’s peasants to celebrate our first two decades of struggles.   

Coming together in Mons (Belgium) in 1993 and articulating our radical vision of food sovereignty in Tlaxcala (Mexico) in 1996, we have succeeded in repositioning peasant and family farmers (men and women) as a central social actor in the processes of resisting the neo-liberal trade agenda and constructing alternatives. As people of the land we are vital actors not only in the construction of a distinct agricultural model, but also in building a fair, diverse and egalitarian world. We feed humanity and care for nature. Future generations depend on us to protect the earth. 

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Global Peasants solidarity for implementing agrarian reform in Indonesia

Resolution adopted on June 12, 2013 by VI International Conference of la Via Campesina

 

 LAND IS LIFE, STOP LAND GRABBING!!!

Agrarian Reform Salute.....!!!

Viva La Via Campesina.....!!!

b_350_0_16777215_00___images_stories_ourconferences_landnoworneverTDHscaled.jpgThe Basic Agrarian Law (UUPA) No.5/1960 was announced in Indonesia following independence. The law was a legal umbrella, both in law and in practice, for Indonesia to manage natural resources and to ensure the sovereignty of peasants and people as a whole in Indonesia. The law also includes mandates to guarantee and ensure the implementation of agrarian reform in Indonesia. Despite its initial purpose to guarantee land for the people and land to the tillers, in practice the Basic Agrarian Law has been deliberately undermined and distorted. State apparatus has issued partial and sectoral agrarian policy that has eliminated the guarantee to make peasants and people in Indonesia sovereign over their use and management of natural resource.

The development paradigm in Indonesia today does not have a clear vision of the reality of people’s economy. First, there is no clear direction or development policy framework, on the contrary development policy is based on free market principles and capital intensive production.

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Declaration of solidarity with peasants, men and women and first nations peoples of Honduras, Guatemala and Panama

Resolution adopted on June 12, 2013 by VI International Conference of la Via Campesina

 

The delegates, men and women,  from  88 countries across the world of 183 peasant organizations  affiliated with the Via Campesina International  an form the Continents of Europe, the Americas, Africa, Asia and Australia, in  the context of the 6th International Conference taking place between June 6th and June 13th of current year in  Jakarta, Indonesia DECLARE their  full  solidarity  with the peoples of Honduras Guatemala and Panama and especially with the peasants, men and women  peasants, and in particular with those who are first nations peoples and afro-decedents in their struggle for mother earth, their territories, water, seeds and food sovereignty.

Given the wave of mass murders, persecution, threats, imprisonment of thousands of peasants, first nations peoples and Afro-descendants at the hands of transnational corporations, local oligarchies and governments that serve the interests of capital, we condemn and denounce before the national and international human rights organizations, and the world, the permanent violation of economic, social and cultural rights of these peoples.

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