Joint Statement of Korean lawmakers, labor unions, farmers and civil society groups on the proposed Korea - U.S. FTA
- Published on Monday, 31 January 2011 12:27
January 27, 2011
We, the Korean National Assembly members' Caucus Against the Korea-US FTA and the Korean Alliance Against the Korea-US FTA, a coalition of over 300 labor unions and civil society groups, have organized a delegation to Washington, D.C. this week, January 24-28, 2011. We have come here to tell American policymakers and civil society that many Korean people oppose the proposed Korea-U.S. Free Trade Agreement (KorUS FTA). During our visit, we were shocked to hear that many U.S. politicians believe that the KorUS FTA is a gift to the Korean people and will be beneficial to the relationship between both countries. In reality, many Korean people consider that the KorUS FTA will be detrimental to the lives of the Korean people, is biased in favor of the narrow interests of multinational corporations and contains numerous damaging provisions that would destroy our jobs in both countries and undermine our rights as citizens, the environment and health, and the practice and principles of democratic governance.
- Published on Wednesday, 05 January 2011 13:47
Bku farmers carried out several direct actions on Dec 27th 2010 all across UP in districts like Muzzafarnagar, Pratapgarh, Saharanpur, Meerat, Bijnaur, Tiloi, Moradabad and many others.
In some places farmers locked up government offices, in another a highway was blocked and in another yet scores of farmers arrived in bullock carts full of paddy for sale protesting corruption in purchase of produce.
Memorandums were submitted to the Prime minister, chief ministers and local government officials with demands ranging from reduced fertilizer prices and supply, free electricity, reduced prices for farm implemens, compensation to flood affected farmers, farmers insurance, higher compensation prices for land acquisition, an end to rising oil prices, corruption of governemnt officials as well as the regular demand of implementing Swaminathan commissions reccomendation of providing a scientifically calculated MSP along with 50% profit above that.
BKU farmers also met the Chief minister in Lucknow recently and discussed the impending Seed Bill as well as the Land Acquisition Bill thereafter submitting their demadns on the seed bill and getting an assurance from the UP government that it would write to the center to support the farmers demands – including regulating corporate seed prices in the seed bill.
For more information please visit the BKU blog at: http://bhartiyakisanunion.blogspot.com/
- Published on Monday, 13 December 2010 14:32
They Did It
La Via Campesina considers December 7th was a historical day as a result of the international mobilizations for climate justice held under the theme “Thousands of Cancuns”. The peasant leaders highlight that they were able to convey their “1000 solutions” in the Mexican city where the UN COP16 on Climate is being carried out and that they strengthened their alliances with other social movements.
On Tuesday, the peasants organized a press conference inside the same hotel where the official negotiations are taking place, the luxurious Moon Palace. Then, members of several organizations joined La Via Campesina and left the UN space to join the march that was set to arrive to that place. At the end of the march there was an Assembly of the Social Movements.
- Published on Saturday, 11 December 2010 18:15
The Hindu, 11 December 2010
Calls for referendum involving people on steps to save planet
“Agreement must focus on life, not victory for some powers”
“We should not make other people pay for luxuries”
CANCUN: Bolivian President Evo Morales said climate change reflected the crisis of capitalism and called for a worldwide referendum involving people from all over to decide for the planet and Mother Earth. He endorsed Bolivia's support to the second commitment of the Kyoto Protocol as well.